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Why We Love It
One name: Gerald Genta.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is without question Genta’s most memorable work, and changed the shape of the industry in more ways than one — but it was merely one in a long line of successes that marked Genta’s illustrious career.
What's particularly delightful about the design of the Royal Oak (which was subsequently mimicked by the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the IWC Ingenieur SL), is that it works brilliantly in a number of sizes and casing materials, from steel to carbon fiber or solid gold.
This particular model, a Reference 14486BA, is sized at 35mm and features a gorgeous slate blue micro-tapisserie dial. Wearing slightly smaller than its "Jumbo" predecessors, the 14486BA has become a favorite amongst collectors for its beautiful proportions, wearability, and value proposition.
Wear it once, trust us, you'll have a hard time taking it off.
The Royal Oak Story
Audemars Piguet, the vaunted manufacture from Les Brassus, wasn't doing so well at the end of the 1960s.
Their horological prowess aside, times were changing, customer tastes were evolving, and AP was stuck firmly in a very traditional past. Fortunately for us, their executives recognized this, and bet it all on the launch of an avant garde timepiece the likes of which the world had never seen.
Utilizing the talents of a designer named Gerald Genta, who would make his name for designing this very watch, AP planned from the beginning to make this new watch - dubbed the Royal Oak - a contradiction to tradition, and it became the world's first luxury sports watch. Made in steel. The gamble paid off, and the watch world clamored to get their hands on the cutting edge design, which featured a sharply angled watch with integrated bracelet, micro tapisserie dial, and ultra thin movement.
18K Yellow gold case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Automatic movement by Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet Reference 14486BA. Circa 1988 .
Overall Condition: The case is in exceptional condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use. No signs of polishing. Luminous slate blue micro-tapisserie dial is in excellent condition with applied stick indices with lightly patinated luminous plots and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes integrated bracelet with signed deployant clasp.
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.
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