A beautiful Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Triple Calendar, a rare reference created to celebrate the turn of the millennium. This great piece takes the classic Royal Oak Offshore iconic aesthetic and adds a full perpertual calendar complication, showing the day of the week, month and date (on the white hand). The second hand is moved to a subdial, creating a balanced look to the dial.
This limited run is rarely seen for sale and rarely in such condition or with such provenance. Originally purchased from Wempe in Berlin, this watch has fantastic provenance, coming from one of the finest boutiques in the world. This piece comes complete with all it’s original paperwork and boxes (inner and outer), in fact, this is the most complete you could possibly want a watch, it has the extra links, even the original hang tag that went around the watch when it was originally sold. The watch is in immaculate condition, brushed steel along the top of each surface and polish on the chamfered edges, this watch is undoubtedly one of the best looking watches out there. The watch is in almost perfect condition, with virtually no marks on it. The only blemish to point out is <1mm discoloration mark on the dial halfway between the centre of the dial and the 4 position on the dial. This is not even really visible unless looking for it under magnification, most would not even mentioned it, but we like to be fully transparent. Aside from this the watch is perfect, it has never been buffed or polished and so retains it's lovely original lines and finish. The sapphire crystal is immaculate and the watch was freshly serviced in November.
One of the world's finest designed watches, made by one of the world's finest watchmakers, in the best condition, sold as a complete set. What more could you ask for!
The Royal Oak was released in 1972 after Audemars Piguet commissioned the greatest watch designer of the 20th century, one Mr Gérald Genta to create a watch to dig them out of the quartz crisis. Genta of course famous for designing the Universal Geneve Polerouter, Omega Constellation, Patek Philippe Ellipse and Nautilus amongst other iconic designs. AP, feeling the effects of the Quartz crisis identified that their needed to be a change in the high end Swiss watch industry in order to survive. As such they decided they wanted to created a revolutionary Haute Horologie, stainless steel sports watch with the most incredible level of finish for which the emphasis was on quality of the movement, design and execution as opposed to what fine metal it was made from.
With such a bold decision came a bold design, with it’s octagonal bezel, integrated bracelet, visible gasket and stainless steel case with a multitude of the most incredible finishes. Initially the industry did not respond well, with many suggesting that the company would go bust that year. However collectors and the public could not resist the bold design and soon began sporting it in a trend setting fashion until the industry was forced to eat their words. Of course now the design has risen to be utterly iconic and the flagship design for the brand.
The name Royal Oak actually comes from a fleet of boats in the British Royal Navy, of which there were eight, tying in with the Octagonal, diver’s helmet themed design of the Royal Oak. The Navy fleet took its name from the hollowed oak tree King Charles II hid in to escape the roundheads in the battle of Worcester in 1651.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Offshore Triple Calendar
Diameter: 39mm (check this)
Lug Width: –
Box/Papers: Original Box and Original Papers