Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 B-Series Tropical

early b-series - unique tropical dial - unpolished case

An early Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 B series with the AP logo at 6 o'clock is extremely rare. And then there is a tropical dial in it? It's an ultimate dream for every watch collector!

The first Royal Oak 5402 was presented to the public at Baselworld in 1972. The new wristwatch combined sportiness and elegance. A sleek 39mm stainless steel case, an octagonal bezel held in place with 8 visible screws, and a petit tapisserie dial. This ingenious design was created by Gerald Genta and is still considered revolutionary. Gerald Genta, who designed watches for Universal Genève, Omega, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, claimed that the AP Royal Oak was the masterpiece of his career. Today the Royal Oak is one of the most famous watches of all time.

The reference 5402 was produced in four series A, B, C and D up to the end of the 1970s, each of them showing only subtle design differences. An important characteristic for collectors is the position of the AP logo on the dial. Only the A series and early serial numbers of the B series have the AP logo at 6 o'clock. Later versions of the B series and all watches of the C and D series bear the logo at 12 o'clock. While around 2000 pieces of the A-series were manufactured, the B-series is even the rarer version with 1000 examples being produced.

The present Royal Oak is a 1975 B-Series with an early serial number and the AP logo at 6 o'clock. Thanks to the tropical dial, this watch is absolutely unique. The breathtaking tropical patina is evenly distributed on the tapisserie dial. The stainless steel case is in a condition that collectors love: it is worn but unpolished.

When it comes to mechanics the Royal Oak 5402 belongs to Creme de la Creme of the automatic watches thanks to its caliber 2121. This movement has become famous for its small thickness. To date, it is the thinnest full-rotor automatic movement in the world. Caliber 2121 is still used in the Royal Oak Jumbo Ref. 15202.

And last but not least, this Royal Oak is accompanied by an official extract from Audemars Piguet's register. This proves the authenticity and the origin of the watch.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402 is an icon and should not be missing in any serious collection. The offered watch is extremely rare, beautifully preserved and absolutely unique thanks to the tropical dial.

Serial number: B10xx

Int.Exe.: 4206100

Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet

Model: Royal Oak

Reference: 5402

Functions: date - central second - screw-down crown - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: Petit-Tapisserie

Watch glass: sapphire glass

Delivery Contents: Papers - extract of archives

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: deployant buckle

Diameter: 39mm

Caliber name: Audemars Piguet 2121

Movement type: automatic

Year of Manufacture: 1975

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - unpolished


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