Royal Oak Extra-Thin | 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02

  • Collection: Royal Oak Extra-Thin
  • Model reference: 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02
  • Case/Size: Yellow gold, 39mm
  • Dial: Yellow-gold toned with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Boutique exclusive
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Price: Upon request
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

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Description

The ‘Royal Oak’ overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 during a period of existential crisis for the watch industry due to the boom of the cheap Quartz watches made in Asia.
The company had to come with a bold, solid stainless sports steel luxury watch, they gave the mission to Gerald Genta to design it.
He got the inspiration from a deep-sea-diving helmet, the result was an octagonal bezel, visible mounting screws, a large case of 39mm with an integrated bracelet, a very futuristic design for the seventies.
Within 2-3 years they sold about 1000 watches establishing a new segment within the industry and pioneered the popularity and desirability of the steel sports luxury watch.
The first model released was the reference 5402 known today as the “Royal Oak A series”, with a thin automatic calibre 2121 movement that is still made today.
Since they treated steel as gold, the level of finishing was remarkable and so was the retail price, for comparison purpose a similar Rolex sport watch was 10x cheaper.
Today, Audemars Piguet still produces a range of Royal Oaks in different sizes (33 to 41mm) for ladies and men, from titanium, rose gold, yellow gold and platinum metals, various dial colours and with different complications.


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This present Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin reference 15202BA is the modern reinterpretation in yellow gold of the first versions of the “Jumbo” 5402BA made in the most famous precious metal in the late 1970s, exactly 40 years later in 2017 during SIHH in Geneva they unveiled this 39mm model with similar yellow-gold toned dial.
With the signature bezel and the famous eight silvery screws, surrounded by the vintage inspired yellow dial with « Petite Tapisserie » pattern, the same gold indexes and hours & minutes hands with luminescent coating with the date window located at 3 o’clock while the AP logo is displayed at 6 o’clock.
The extra-thin automatic movement is hidden under this rare dial but visible through the sapphire case-back.
This boutique exclusive is now sold-out in the AP network but is available brand new along its box and warranty card with us.

 

 

 

Audemars Piguet – bio

Audemars Piguet is a Swiss manufacturer of mechanical watches founded in 1875. They began in the Vallée de Joux. Jules Louis Audemars formed a partnership with Edward Auguste Piguet. Audemars created complicated blank watch movements for other manufactures to use. Piguet specialized in the final regulation of watches. They then split responsibilities when they began their own company. Audemars was in charge of production and technical aspects while Piguet focused on sales and management. One of their first achievements was creating the first repeater wristwatch in 1892 and in 1972 the iconic steel “Royal Oak”.

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Accompanied by an 'Audemars Piguet' international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box