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This is a rarely seen example of a 33mm Royal Oak 15000ST whose proportions have been rendered into a more accessible size, reminiscent of vintage pieces.
At 33mm, this Royal Oak 15000ST has been scaled down to a more accessible size, retaining all the attractive features that distinguish the Royal Oak. The piece possesses the rounded porthole shape and makes use of an understated tapisserie pattern alongside the more traditional lozenge-shaped indexes.
Thanks to the substantial case and integrated bracelet of this Royal Oak, it wears larger on the wrist than its 33mm case would otherwise suggest. Despite its smaller size, it still houses a self-winding movement – the calibre 2140 – as opposed to a quartz movement, which you might expect in other pieces with a similar size. Moreover, it comes with its original bracelet and deployant clasp.
Rendered in stainless steel, this 15000ST is the epitome of casual luxury, combining practicality with provocative design. This piece is an excellent addition to the collection of anyone looking for a more modestly sized version of the Royal Oak that bears a close resemblance to its vintage predecessor.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Audemars Piguet Royal Royal Oak 15000ST will be subject to 20% VAT.
Automatic calibre 2140
Date, hours, minutes, seconds
Integrated bracelet, 12 links (8 are removable)
Box & papers:
Extract from the archives
This Audemars Piguet Royal oak is in overall fantastic condition with very little signs of wear to case and bracelet. The case finishing is of an excellent standard, though may previously have been polished. This can be seen though the brushed case and bracelet, to the polished sides of the octagonal bezel, bevelled case and bracelet. The caseback engravings are crisp and well defined with superficial marks at the 12 o’clock position. The clasp is signed by Audemars Piguet, the crown unsigned. The tapisserie dial is in well preserved condition with the luminous hour and minute hands are beginning to show signs of patina to a creamy hue.
The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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In 1970, Audemars Piguet’s managing director of the time, Georges Golay, contacted Gérald Genta for help in designing a totally new, steel, waterproof sports watch, understanding that the waterproof technology would require an innovative strategy.
The model was sketched in a single night, and Genta’s inspiration for the iconic Royal Oak architecture was to replicate the shape of the scaphander diving helmet on the watch case, complete with eight screws and the joint visible on the case’s exterior. As Genta recounts:
“I was given the ‘green light’ straight away to begin work on the prototype. I completed the prototype myself within a year. In 1970, I designed the watch. And it took one more year before industrial production, which finally came about in 1972”.
The Gérald Genta brand at Baselworld in 1987, which was designed to look like a replica of the real factory, down to the maplewood, pipes, and windows found there, courtesy of the Gérald Genta Heritage Association.
Intriguingly, prototypes for the Royal Oak are said to have been initially manufactured from white gold, as the softer material was easier to sculpt and manipulate the varying degree of angular, brushed and polished surfaces.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak debuted in 1972, as the most expensive steel watch ever made. The Royal Oak was not only unprecedented in its design, but also in its initial pricing to consumers. Once the Royal Oak was released, the retail price for the watch was 3,750 Swiss Francs, more than four times the cost of any other steel watch of the period.