Royal Oak “Jubilee” 14802ST.OO.0944ST.01

  • Collection: Royal Oak “Jubilee”
  • Model reference: 14802ST.OO.0944ST.01
  • Case/Size: Steel, 39mm
  • Dial: Blue-grey
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 1000 pieces
  • Condition / Year: Good / 1994
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.

 

After two decades of continuous success, Audemars Piguet had to commemorate the Jubilee, in 1992 to mark the 20th anniversary of its launch, a limited edition series of a total of 1000 Royal Oaks “Jumbo”, 700 in Stainless steel (with a majority of blue-grey dial and some salmon colour), around 280 in yellow gold with an anthracite dial as well as white dial versions and the rarest of them all approximatively 20 pieces cased in platinum.

To distinguish this limited edition from the original 5402ST and to display some sign of evolution, this model was fitted with a transparent sapphire case-back showcasing the beautiful 22 carat yellow gold rotor engraved in the shape of 3 Royal Oak bezels with the inscription “ROYAL OAK JUBILEE” and the respective number out of 1000.
The dial sees a minor change, the AP logo goes from 6 o’clock position to 12 o’clock and the Audemars Piguet brand’s style is more modern with serif font.

 

 

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”.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by a presentation box and a certificate of authenticity from Audemars Piguet Musée et Patrimoine