Royal Oak “Jumbo” | 5402BA Yellow Dial

  • Collection: Royal Oak Jumbo
  • Model reference: 5402BA
  • Case/Size: Yellow gold, 39mm
  • Dial: Yellow-gold toned with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Vintage

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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.


Following the success of the “Jumbo” steel Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet introduced in 1977 the very first 18k yellow gold version under reference 5402BA, production of these models lasted until the early 1980s.
While the first 5402 steel models were divided into four alpha-numerical series from A to D, the yellow gold as well as the two-toned models were first launched in the late 1970s and were numbered simply from 1 (coincidently the very coveted number “1” serial in two-tone is available with us) the current model has its serial in the early 200s therefore in the first batches of Royal Oak Jumbos made, it has been confirmed by the factory that our watch’s movement was made in 1976 and subsequently the watch sold in 1977.

Our famous sporty chic watch is in very good overall condition, no dents but was obviously pre-loved, the yellow gold toned dial with “Tapisserie” pattern is a rarer variant compared to the more common grey dial with this reference.  It features a date at 3 o’clock, central gold hands with luminescent coating, gold hour markers with luminescent coating as well and the “AP” logo and inscription at 6 o’clock.
The integrated bracelet shows little stretch for its age but this example comes with a full complete original set, including its box, warranty certificate, service manual and AP Royal Oak product literature. This rarity is a must have for any refined AP collector.

Viewing possible by prior appointment.

In 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of this iconic gold 5402BA, Audemars Piguet released the modern reinterpretation of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” visible here

 

 

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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Accessories :

Accompanied by an 'Audemars Piguet' warranty certificate, product literature and an original leather presentation box