ULTRA RARE Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18k Yellow Gold Vintage 80's Ref. 6023BA
AP watch full service d i01.11.2018. YELLOW GOLD, ROYAL OAK, REF. Its Ultra Rare Vintage 80s (B-series)!!
CASE MATERIAL: 18k Yellow Gold. BRACELET / STRAP MATERIAL: 18k Yellow Integrated Bracelet. BRACELET / STRAP SIZE: 7.2 inches / 182mm + 1 Link Extra. FUNCTIONS: Time and Quickset Date.
What a gorgeous watch in top condition this crisp Royal Oak from the 80s. The case and bracelet are like new, the dial has the desirable long indexes and has a grey color. The movement is Quartz and keeping perfect time. Accompanied by its original box.
All in all a fabulous Royal Oak for the 36mm size lover. Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak in 1972 and it was a game-changer for the luxury watch industry. Based upon a design by Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak was the first luxury steel watch with integrated bracelet.
Priced at a level above gold watches, it was a polarizing watch and it was highly uncertain if it would be a success. Since its inception Audemars Piguet would make many variations of the Royal Oak including this mid-size version. This watch features an 18k yellow gold case and bracelet, case back, and bezel also in yellow gold. This watch was intended for a mans wrist when it came out but today would be suitable for the wrist of a lady. By the 1970s, the Swiss watch industry was in a state of crisis. The introduction of the automatic chronograph movements--like the Zenith El Primero--proved no match against the innovation from Japan that shook the industry to the core. Faced with the influx of Quartz watches in the watch industry, consumers turned to the reliable Japanese products, and sales of Swiss mechanical watches plummeted. But the Audemars Piguet, the venerable manufacture based in Le Brassus, had a secret weapon in their arsenal that would safeguard the future of the brand--and, they hoped, revitalize the faltering Swiss watch industry.
Gerald Genta wasn't an unknown entity to the head honchos of the Swiss watch industry, having designed pieces for Omega and Universal Genève. The man on the other end of the line, AP managing director Georges Golay, told Genta that he needed a design for "an unprecedented steel watch" for the Italian market.
Oh, and it needed to be done by the following morning. But Golay, despite the short turnaround he gave Genta, wasn't crazy. The commission was the result of a stealthy campaign of market research. The Italian elite, he learned, might be interested in a versatile, sporty steel watch with impeccable finishing and killer looks that could transition from day to night seamlessly.
So Genta set to work on the design, using a diver's helmet as inspiration. By the next morning, he was done, and submitted to Carlo de Marchi and Charles Bauty--heads of the Italian and Swiss markets--the blueprint for what would become Audemars Piguet's most signature watch: the Royal Oak. Though intended to be crafted in steel, Audemars Piguet--never very familiar with the metal--cast the prototypes of the Royal Oak in white gold before finally getting the hang of the steel. The cutting edge design featured a sharply angled case, with the exposed rivets of the bezel reminiscent of gaskets in a diver's helmet.
Additionally, the eight sides of the case--and the name, Royal Oak--were inspired by eight ships of the Royal Navy that were hewn from an oak tree that sheltered King Charles II during the English Civil War. In keeping with Audemars Piguet's intention for the Royal Oak to be stylish, the case was 7mm thin, and the bracelet (made by Gay Fréres) was integrated into the case to create a slim profile.
That first Royal Oak, introduced in 1972, was something entirely new--so new, in fact, that it more or less created the genre of a "luxury sports watch, " a sports watch that would not look out of place on a yacht. However, sales of the Royal Oak were sluggish at first, with authorized dealers failing to sell out their allotment of 400 Royal Oaks a piece. But all that changed in 1974, when the head of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, greeted the public wearing a Royal Oak.
It can be said without question that the original size single-handedly paved the way for a very bright future for Audemars Piguet. Now, the Royal Oak line is of course a core component of their collection today. The beautiful thing about Genta's design is how well it lends itself to being adapted to many different case materials and sizes. This stunner of a watch from the 70s, in 18k yellow gold.
Carefully preserved, the case and its integrated bracelet are hefty despite the slimness, and the grey of the dial positively gleams in the light--a beautiful piece that is sure to delight. The item "ULTRA RARE Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18k Yellow Gold Vintage 80's Ref. 6023BA" is in sale since Sunday, January 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "sd-777" and is located in London.
This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Brand: Audemars Piguet
- Year of Manufacture: 1980-1989
- Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
- Case Size: 36mm
- Strap Colour: Yellow Gold
- Extra Links: Yes
- Lug Width: 36mm
- Style: Sport
- Case Finish: Matte
- Age Group: Adult
- With Original Packaging: Yes
- Case Colour: Yellow Gold
- Number of Jewels: 10 Jewels
- Face Colour: Yellow Gold
- Strap Material: Solid Gold
- Display: Analog
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
- Metal Purity: 18k
- Case Material: 18k yellow gold
- Movement: Quartz (Battery)
- Water Resistance: Not Water Resistant
- Features: Date Indicator
- Gender: Unisex
- With Service Records: Yes
- MPN: Does Not Apply