First unveiled by Audemars Piguet in the 1972 and 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. 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.
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 what was oversized and pushed the boundaries of the current design trends of the era. This risk an 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. 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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CASE & BRACELET
The case and bracelet of the Audemars Piguet D series 5402 are believed to have been previously yet lightly polished. The bracelet remains in excellent condition exhibiting very little overall stretch and includes all of its original links.
DIAL & HANDS
The dial of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref 5402 remains 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. Additional service history is unknown. The watch comes with its original Papers