Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date, 26330ST, Stainless Steel

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This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day Date 26330ST* offers a wholly practical take on the iconic octagonal shape, pairing a 39mm stainless steel case with a seldom seen calendar complication execution. The black tapisserie pattern contrasts with the warm, off-white day and date subsidiary registers, aiding both legibility and the overall attractiveness of the watch face. Despite being produced for a relatively brief period, the Day Date 26330 is one of the most recognisable Royal Oak references, often lovingly referred to as ‘the owl’.


What more can be said about the Royal Oak? In its five decades, countless guides, reviews, thought pieces, and histories have been written about the original luxury stainless-steel sports watch, with even more appearing to mark its 50th anniversary last year. Those looking to learn about a specific reference are almost spoiled for choice, and we have even added to this library of knowledge with our own guide to the reference 14790.

There are few watches on the market today with a better-covered origin story, either: Georges Golay commissioned designer Gérald Genta to design a modern sports-inspired piece out of stainless steel, and the latter came up with the now instantly recognisable silhouette overnight. So what could we possibly look to add with another article on a watch we all know so well?

An area that we feel hasn’t been explored in as much depth is just how we all came to be so familiar with this piece of octagonal design. The cultural heft of the Royal Oak cannot be ignored. It has found its way on to the wrists of those shaping the zeitgeist, making maximum impact with every paparazzi shot and mention in rap lyrics.