The history of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches

The history of the Royal Oak watch

Royal Oak is, at that time, the name of a British battleship. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch was so named because its bezel evokes the cannons mouths. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch was created in 1972. According to legend, it was designed overnight by its designer Gerald Genta.

The style of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch

Today a true icon, the Royal Oak watch was not an immediate success, because of its size. The Royal Oak and its 39 mm diameter seemed massive compared to watches of smaller sizes which were fashionable at the time. It took a few years before it was adopted by collectors around the world

."Often imitated, never equalled" is the slogan used by Audemars Piguet to describe the beautiful Royal Oak. Available in numerous versions, it joined the clan of the indispensable watches like the Rolex Submariner, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso or the Patek Philippe Calatrava.

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