During the quartz crisis, where people moved away from the mechanical watches, Audemars Piguet decided to introduce a luxury steel watch that the world never experienced before. For this project of Audemars Piguet, they told Gérald Genta to work on an “unprecedented steel watch.” In fact, the watch was designed within a day. It was the first wrist watch to implement Octagon bezel casing, design inspired by the porthole of the diver’s helmet. Also, 8 screws holding the case together adds resilience to it. Introduced to the public in 1972, Royal Oak was named after the British naval warship “Royal Oak” and costed ten times that of the Rolex Submariner at the time. Despite the stiff price tag, this new era of luxury steel sport watch soon represented the high social status and gained its popularity. In short, Royal Oak is like a pioneer to the era of luxury steel sport watch. Its unique industrial design screamed elegance and lead to creation of another forever famous luxury steel sport watch,  Nautilus 5711 by Patek Philippe in 1976.

 

  • Brand
    • Audemars Piguet
  • Model Number
    • #15450ST.OO.1256ST
  • Name
    • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37
  • Size
    • 37 mm
  • Price (suggested retail price)
    • 16,500 USD
  • Material
    • Case
      • Stainless Steel
      • Cobalt Blue “Grande Tapisserie” Dial
    • Clear Back
    • Bracelet
      • Stainless Steel
      • AP Folding Clasp
  • Features
    • Hour, Minute, Second Hands
    • Date Window at 3 o’clock
    • Water Resistance up to 50 Meters
    • Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120
      • Automatic
      • Balance Frequency: 21,600 Vibrations per Hour (3 Hz)
      • Power Reserve: 60 Hours
      • 40 Jewels
      • Diameter: 26.6 mm (11 ¾”’)
      • 280 Parts
      • 22K Bidirectional Monobloc Rotor
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