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Auction Ended
07/21/21
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Lot #1020

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Yves Klein 56175

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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.

Released in the 90s, the AP Royal Oak ref. 56175 is a wonderful example of the Royal Oak's ability to be sized up or down depending on the customers that AP wanted their watch to cater for. A 33mm diameter timepiece, the ref. 56175 is indeed a scaled-down version of Gerald Genta's iconic design, with every aspect of its construction equally scaled-down so precisely that nothing is out of place. Constructed of stainless steel and powered by a quartz movement, the ref. 56175 caters to the original ideology that spurred the Royal Oak's design as an everyday stainless steel luxury sports watch. Fitted with a black petite tapisserie dial displaying just the time, the Royal Oak ref. 56175 is understated due to its lack of exuberant functions while retaining its iconic design and strong presence on the wrist.



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Grade

V 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

33mm

Model

Royal Oak

Movement

Quartz, Caliber 2612

Reference

56175

Bracelet

Stainless Steel

Year

1990's

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless Steel

Included

Watch Only

Dial Color

'Yves Klein' Blue

THE DIAL

The classic Royal Oak tapisserie dial is finished in a beautiful electric blue color with shorter dial indexes, and the applied Audemars Piguet logo at 12 o' clock.

THE CASE PROFILE

The 56175 features a slim profile that the Royal Oak is known for. Note the sharp, chamfered edges in this particular example.

WRIST SHOT

33mm case diameter does not detract from the beauty of this watch in the least. It wears surprisingly larger than you may expect, and its slender constitution allows for a comfortable fit, no matter the wrist size.

Condition

The overall condition of the watch is superb. The dial appears to be in perfect condition with no signs of deterioration. The bezel and bracelet have some very light abrasions but the watch appears to retain the original finish. The bracelet shows no signs of stretch, which is consistent with extremely minimal wear.

Our Perspective

There is no convincing necessary that the Royal Oak is a watch worth owning. I especially like this one for the uniqueness of the blue 'Yves Klein' dial. The size is quite elegant and versatile. This watch is a truly special piece in prime, collector-worthy condition.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

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Lot # 1020

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Yves Klein 56175

Sold

$18,001

Ended
07/21/21