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Why We Love It
This slim and elegant piece couldn't be any further removed from the bulky brute of the Royal Oak Offshore line that the brand is perhaps most commonly known for amongst today's collectors, making ultra-thin watches is something at which Audemars Piguet has long excelled.
What stands out the most to us about this piece is the airy thinness and the fine detailing in the octagonal design of the case. Sized at 34mm in diameter and measuring only 6.5mm in thickness, it features a gloss black dial and svelte pencil hands. Powered by a manual winding Calibre 2120 and produced in very limited quantities in 1969-1970 its shape subtly foreshadows the Genta-designed Royal Oak that would follow in 1972.
Paired up with a black leather strap, it's a standout tuxedo watch that slides effortlessly under any cuff, and is sure to attract the attention of anyone who knows that the brand from Le Brassus can do more than beefy and angular!
The Audemars Piguet Story
There are certain watches that define a brand, informing its design ethos and becoming nothing short of iconic in the minds of collectors.
For Audemars Piguet, that watch is the Royal Oak—in all its multitudinous incarnations. Yet the manufacture from Le Brassus did not earn its seat in the triumvirate of leading watch brands—the so-called Big Three—on the success of the Royal Oak alone.
In fact, both Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet came from long lines of watchmakers, and made their reputations long before the Royal Oak was conceived. Their reputations rested on their ability to create incredibly elegant timepieces in numerous styles.
Though they may not have had catchy names like the Royal Oak, or boasted complicated movements like the present-day Jules Audemars collection, their vintage dress watches nevertheless captures the attention to detail that Audemars Piguet has come to be known for.
Stainless steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 2120 automatic-winding movement by Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet Reference 4010. Circa 1969.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall with factory beveling, showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous gloss black dial is in excellent condition with non-luminous pencil handset. Cabochon sapphire crown.
Includes unsigned black leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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