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1974 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402
To say that the Royal Oak caused waves when it released would be an understatement.
It was a luxury watch in a decidedly non luxurious material- stainless steel- a notion which was unheard of at the time. AP had its work cut out for itself, in that it needed to justify a price-point and design language heretofore unseen in the haute horology world.
The Royal Oak's design is known today as iconic- legendary even. But forty five years ago, the angles, dimensions, and assembly of this porthole inspired monster would have be nothing short of shocking.
This ad magnificently captures the glint of the integral bracelet and refractions of light from the bezel. The micro-tapisserie dial, applied “AP” logo at 6:00 and even those jarring bolts are on full, brilliant display.
Of course with any innovative design, looks are important. But good looks alone are not enough to inspire a paradigm shift. Often it takes some poetry and salesmanship to actually get things sold. This ad acts as a time capsule of sorts, providing a glimpse into the mindset, language and story used by Audemars Piguet to forge a different path of materials and design.
Framed with shade of white matting to compliment the tone of the paper. Solid wood black frame.
About our collaboration with Ad Patina
We're thrilled to be collaborating with our longtime friends at Ad Patina to bring you an exclusive selection of rare vintage watch advertisements curated specifically for Analog/Shift!
Scouring the world for forgotten marketing treasures, Ad Patina's raison de être very much mimics our own - to hunt down these wonderful bits of history, preserve and restore them as needed, and share them with an enthusiastic community.
These documents of horological history have entered the watch collecting conversation as the ultimate accompanying accessory, and have found themselves framed in homes and offices around the world. Every one of these wonderful pieces is a genuine, vintage advertisement that has been professionally mounted and framed with UV resistant glass to ensure years of enjoyment to come - no reprints or reproductions here!
Much like a traditional piece of art - a painting or photograph - an original watch advertisement can be appreciated for its design as well as for its power to evoke nostalgia.
Something we vintage watch enthusiasts know all about!
Framed Dimensions: 13 7/8" W x 16 3/4" L -- 35.3cm W x 42.5cm L
Ads are professionally framed with UV-resistant glass and acid-free materials for preservation.
Frames come with wire on back for easy hanging. Felt pads are also affixed to back of frame to protect your walls from getting scratched.
All vintage advertisement orders ship from Ad Patina HQ in Chicago
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options