We usually like to keep our product descriptions short and sweet, but when a watch changes the history of the luxury world like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak did, in order to be able to understand the watch and the excitement around it, you need to understand its history and legendary status.
The story goes that Gerald Gentra was asked to come up with a steel sports watch design unlike any ever seen before, at 4pm on the eve of Baselworld 1970 … No pressure.
He found inspiration in an old fashioned diver’s helmet that was attached to the diving suit by eight screws, and successfully drew up the blueprints for the Royal Oak in time for the Baselworld unveiling. His incredible design clinched his own status as a legendary designer and elevated Audemars Piguet’s to one of the world's leading luxury watch brands.
At a time when steel watches weren’t acceptable for dress occasions and the classic watch world looked set to fall to the new age quartz watches, Gentra’s Royal Oak design propelled durable steel far beyond its precious metal counterparts and, some would say, saved the classic watch industry.
Almost 50 years later and this 41mm Royal Oak Selfwinding continues to bridge the gap between casual sports watches and black-tie dress watches with its durable steel bracelet and case, housing a blue dial with Grande Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
- Model: 15400st.oo.1220st.03
- Size: 41mm
- Case Material: Steel
- Bracelet Material: Steel
- Dial Colour: Blue
- Year: 2019
- Warranty: Manufacturer 2 Year Warranty
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