Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18K YG (Ref 5402) "A Series" Unpolished
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 was first unveiled by Audemars Piguet in 1972 and was designed by Gerald Genta, who is also known for designing the also famous Patek Philippe Nautilus. When the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak first became available it was the most expensive steel watch ever made. Most of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 references of this era were made in steel making this example in gold
Additionally, the AP reference 5402 Royal Oak is often referred to as ‘Jumbo’, on account of its relatively noble size for the period measuring in at 39mm. Although 39mm in diameter may have been considered oversized for the era, the case thickness is only 7mm thick. this A-series Royal Oak case is a beautiful twist of perspectives and size
The early 1970s was a time of great change within the watch industry. Audemars Piguet was shaking the standards by introducing a luxury watch in steel that was oversized and pushed the boundaries of the current design trends of the era. This risk obviously paid off as the steel, Royal Oak is the perfect balance between utilitarian function and timeless design. The case and bracelet are excellently finished, with angular, beveled, and polished edges. The polished screws, bezel, and case edge fantastically contrast with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet. Early examples are becoming increasingly harder and harder to find as collectors have been holding onto them, additionally finding an example in a fine condition such as this example we are featuring here at Craft & Tailored is near next to impossible. This would make a stunning addition to any collection and would transition between the most formal of occasions to the most casual of settings!
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The case of this Admaurs Piquet Royal Oak Offshore 5402 A series in stunning unpolished condition showing very little wear. The bracelet is also in excellent condition exhibiting very little overall stretch and includes all of its original links.
The dial of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref 5402 is in flawless original condition showing no degradation or discoloration that is commonly seen on the early AP 5402 references. The tritium-filled lume plots and hands are also in flawless condition showing no lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light.
None. The watch is running within spec and is keeping time accurately. The previous service history is unknown.