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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 56175BA

Presenting one of the most iconic timepieces in the watch world: the Royal Oak, in a refined 33 mm gold case. This masterpiece, designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, is often considered his finest work.

But this isn’t just any Royal Oak—this is the coveted gold version. It features a sleek dial, adding to its luxurious appeal. Inside, it houses the AP quartz caliber, ensuring maximum convenience. This is a watch you can grab and go, perfect for the modern lifestyle.

There’s more to this timepiece than meets the eye. It has just returned from extensive servicing, where the original caliber was replaced with the newest and most advanced new 2731 caliber. Typically, this Royal Oak comes with the standard  2612 caliber, but the AP service center no longer supports it, requiring an updated version. We’ve taken care of this upgrade for you, ensuring that you can enjoy this top-of-the-line watch with complete peace of mind.

If you’re ready to experience the Royal Oak, visit us at our boutique on Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam. Come and try it on!

€ 27.500

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand Audemars Piguet
Movement Quartz
Model Royal Oak
Diameter 33 mm
Reference 56175BA
Bracelet/strap: Gold
Year of production (circa) 1984
Set Content AP Service papers 2024
Material 18k Yellow gold
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Sapphire
Dial color Grey
Backstory

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak represents one of the most pivotal moments in the history of wristwatches. It is the watch that quite literally saved AP and much of the Swiss watchmaking industry with it. To wear a Royal Oak is to wear a fabled piece of watchmaking history on the wrist.

The story starts in 1969. While the Americans are putting people on the moon, the Japanese prepare to drop a bomb (figuratively, of course!) on Swiss watchmaking. December ’69, Seiko launch the Astron, a battery-powered wristwatch that gets unparalleled accuracy from a vibrating crystal. The quartz watch is born! Overnight, watches have become infinitely cheaper, more accurate, and more durable. The Swiss watchmaking industry plummets into (what has later become known as) the quartz crisis: a failure to cope with the influx of cheap, battery-powered watches from Japan.

With sales crashing in the early seventies, an answer was needed. Audemars Piguet contracted designer Gerald Genta to come up with something revolutionary: a luxury steel sports watch. Genta was briefed at 4PM, the day before the 1971 Basel fair. He would need to deliver a game-changing design by the next morning. Genta took on the challenge and drew a shape that was as alien to the conservative watch world as the concept of a luxury steel watch itself. He would later call it his masterpiece, even though his other designs (a.o. the Universal Geneve Polerouter and Patek Philippe Nautilus) aren’t too shabby either.

Genta took inspiration from a divers helmet. Its octagonal bezel with exposed screws being its most distinguishing feature. The petit-tapisserie pattern dial and integrated bracelet with distinctive connecting links complete an instantly recognizable design. The resulting watch was launched in 1972.

At introduction, the AP Royal Oak was priced at 3300 Swiss francs. That is ten times more than a Rolex Submariner! We might consider the trusty Sub to be a luxury sports watch now, but this Audemars was in a different league altogether! There were solid gold Pateks that cost less at the time.

The Royal Oak became a massive success. Patek Philippe later followed its example with the Nautilus in 1976 and Vacheron Constantin with the Ref. 222 in 1977. Many Royal Oak variants followed. Different sizes, complications, colors and materials. The Royal Oak became one of the most iconic watch designs ever, highly sought after by collectors and virtually unobtainable for the lay person. Even for the lay person with money, as AP would cap its output and restrict sales of some variants to only the loyalest of its customers.

Today, the Royal Oak, both vintage and modern, is one of the single-most desirable watches out there. So if you are in the position to get your hands on this one, our advice is to make your deliberations quickly!

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Model

Reference

56175BA

Year of production (circa)

1984

Material

18k Yellow gold

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Grey

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

33 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Gold

Set Content

AP Service papers 2024