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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Est. value range
$40,000 – $60,000
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.
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.