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
$10,000 – $15,000
Watch is in excellent condition. Surface scratches can be found along the tantalum case and rose gold accents. The dial is in near-mint condition with lightly aged luminous and no visible damage. The bracelet has 22 links total, 8 of which are removable.
A wonderfully unique timepiece thanks to its unique two-tone construction, svelte 33mm diameter, and beautiful vertically-brushed dial, the ref. 56175TR is the perfect Royal Oak for a collector looking for something a little outside of the ordinary.