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Auction Ended
07/14/21
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Lot #1011

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56143

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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

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Original Box

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

33mm

Model

Royal Oak

Movement

Quartz Caliber 2612

Reference

56143ST

Bracelet

Stainless Steel

Year

1990's

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless Steel

Included

Original Box

Dial Color

Dark Blue

THE DIAL

A classic AP tapisserie dial is made using a burin; a type of chisel that engraves the texture into the dial plate. It is a time consuming process as each dial can take several hours to make.

THE PRESENTATION

The watch comes with its original leather presentation box and pillow.

THE WRIST SHOT

The 33mm case diameter does not take away from the magnificence of this example. It wears surprisingly larger than you may expect, and its thinness allows for the watch to fit comfortably on a wrist of any size.

Condition

The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Despite some light hairline scratches, the bezel is still sharp. Case is rather pleasant, with minor needlelike abrasions. Bracelet also has faint hairline abrasions, yet exhibits no signs of stretch at all. The bracelet is currently sized for a 6.75 inch wrist, and also includes two spare links.

Our Perspective

With the current popularity of the Royal Oak, it can be quite difficult to find one in a moderate price range. The ref. 56143 is not one to overlook. Although measuring at 33mm, it does not wear small, especially if one is accustomed to vintage pieces. A fair comparison in size would be the Rolex Air-King model. The dial of this particular watch is fantastic with all the original lume intact, and the overall deep brownish tone to the blue tapisserie is exquisite.

Justin Gruenberg

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Lot # 1011

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56143

Sold

$14,500

Ended
07/14/21