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Lot #1662

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST

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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.

The 25860ST was launched in 1998, and was the only chronograph to be made in the Royal Oak case (aside from the Emmanuel Gueit-designed Offshore chronograph, which was released in 1993). Featuring an F. Piguet movement, the 25860 was available in a myriad of color combinations and case materials. Also known as the 'Kasparov', it is christened after and a favorite of, the Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch, Box, Papers Extra Links

Est. value range

$25,000 – $35,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

39mm

Model

Royal Oak

Movement

Automatic cal. 2385

Reference

25860

Bracelet

Stainless steel bracelet

Year

2012

Condition

Near-Mint

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box, papers and extra links

Dial Color

Blue

THE DIAL

Featuring Audemars Piguet's iconic Petite Tapisserie" design in a stunning shade of dark blue, this Royal Oak Chronograph's dial can transform from a near-black to electric blue at the flick of the wrist.

THE PROFILE

Angular and geometric, the Royal Oak design by Gerald Genta has become a bona fide icon. This example retains all the sharp finishings that Audemars Piguet is known for and includes the ever-angular pushers that make the Royal Oak's chronograph variant stand out all the more.

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

In near-mint overall condition with very light surface wear to the case which is only visible under a loupe. The bracelet with very minor wear, 20 links, 2 removable and 2 extra on the side.

Our Perspective

At a time when the Rolex Daytona reigned supreme, the 25860ST was always my preferred choice. Intelligent design and an ideal case size made this the clear winner in my eyes.

Eric Ku

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