Audemars Piguet Ref. 25572 ‘Owl’

The Owl, one of the coolest Royal Oaks ever made. It’s an appropriate nickname, the owl. The proportions of the two subdials are designed in such a way it makes you think of two big eyes. Owls are creatures you don’t see every day, just like this one.

The Royal Oak was born in 1972 as an urgent short term fix for the quartz crisis. Sales were dropping, and the known watches on offer could be bought from Asia with a cheap battery-powered movement for half the price. Swiss watch manufacturers did strange things in order to stay alive. In 1971 Audemars Piguet felt that there was a market for a stainless steel luxury watch, something sporty and elegant at the same time. Gerald Genta was the man for the job to design this piece. In 1972 the Royal Oak was presented to the world and a new icon was born. The recognizable design with its octagon-shaped bezel and integrated bracelet became an instant success and may even be held responsible for the independent survival of Audemars Piguet during the quartz crisis.

As time passed by, the Royal Oak family was broadened. In the early 1980s, this 36mm watch with day and date function was added to the collection. This relatively smaller AP has a pleasant size for both men and women. It’s not too big but it still is a recognizable eyecatcher radiating luxury all the way. The smaller Royal Oaks were often equipped with the petite tapisserie dial like this piece. The elegant squared pattern has become another real Royal Oak feature, and the smaller squared dials are way better than the modern big tapisserie ones.

The dial in this piece has an off-white colour, giving it an appropriate vintage character. It colours effortlessly with the subdials and gold bezel. The steel and gold combination keeps the watch a wearable piece compared to a full gold one which becomes a crazy eyecatcher on many wrists. The retro feeling this steel and gold gives you beats the standard stainless steel one if you ask us and its a true lust to the eye.

The owl was discontinued in the early 1990s and this reference hasn’t been produced that much. The result? This is a desirable modest-sized Royal Oak for the connoisseur with good taste. Visit our store or contact us by any means for more information. We’re located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.

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