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$37,000

42 bids

No reserve
Auction Ended
06/17/22
On Jun 17, 4:00 PM UTC
Lot #1487

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500ST

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Introduction

Released in 1972 and designed by Gerald Genta, watchmaking's most famous designer, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was the first stainless steel luxury sports watch ever to exist. Released as a tactic to survive the quartz crisis, the Royal Oak can single-handedly be thanked for AP's existence today due to its astounding success, albeit it wasn't an overnight hit. Its sizeable tonneau-shaped case, signature integrated bracelet, octagonal bezel, exposed screws, and steel construction failed to win over collectors until a few years later. Today, the Royal Oak is one of the most highly-coveted timepieces in all horology as its previously dismissed design details have permeated across the industry and into watches like the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, Rolex Oysterquartz, amongst many other legendary timepieces.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch, Box and Guarantee Card

Est. value range

$40,000 – $60,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

41mm

Model

Royal Oak

Movement

Automatic cal. 4302

Reference

15500ST

Bracelet

Stainless steel bracelet

Year

2020

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box and papers

Dial Color

White

THE DIAL

Perhaps one of the Royal Oak's best know features is the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern on its dial, of which this ref. 15500ST has in a brilliant white.

THE MOVEMENT

Powered by the automatic cal. 4302, the ref. 15500ST packs 70 hours of power reserve and displays an impressive level of finishing from behind its exhibition case back.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall near mint condition. There is only the slightest minor surface wear evident on the case, otherwise the watch appears nearly like new. There are 21 links, 6 removable currently fitted on the watch, with 2 additional spare links on the side.

Our Perspective

Arguably one of the most iconic watches to ever be released, the Royal Oak is said to have saved the modern watch industry, and in the ref. 15500ST's 41mm configuration, it is fittingly modern indeed.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

Lot # 1487

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500ST

Sold

$37,000

Ended
06/17/22