Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak in 1972 with their backs against the wall of terror that was the Quartz Crisis. AP wanted to bring something never-seen-before to the market, and they did just that with the release of this watch. Famous watch-designer, Gerald Genta, was responsible for drawing up this piece. The octagonal case and bezel screws were inspired by the porthole of a ship, which is also where the notorious name was derived. The watch was so significant because it was of the first luxury sports watches. At the time of its release, watches were either refined dress watches or rugged tool watches. The Royal Oak blended these two aspects together, offering a high-end steel watch, that was sortof dressy and sporty, that also had a luxury price tag. This release would give way to another icon to be released a few years later, the Nautilus.
The AP Royal Oak is so much more than just a watch – it is part of history, and so many watch collectors want to own and experience a small piece of that history for themselves. A watch can’t just become so desired overnight though. The time-tested design lends itself to be fit for any occasion. Couple that with the list of prominent celebrities and public figures that have sported these watches over the years, and it’s no wonder that this watch was propelled to the status that it has today.
Some may say Audemars Piguet watches are simply unattainable because of the high prices they command, but adding one to the collection may not be as impossible as they think! Going the pre-owned route is the value-driven way to pick up a Royal Oak, and though they still are not inexpensive by any means, the pre-owned market offers Royal Oaks at much more achievable prices. If you are in the market for a Royal Oak, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!