The famous Royal Oak timepiece was first introduced by Audemars Piguet in 1972, exclusively in stainless steel. Following the now legendary model’s success, the first yellow gold version of the Royal Oak was produced in 1977.
That model came in the same 39 mm “Jumbo” case as the original stainless steel reference 5402 “A series,” with the same Jaeger-LeCoultre 920 based automatic caliber 2121 movement inside. And like the stainless steel model is highly sought after on the vintage market.
Fast forward to 2017, after a long hiatus – the classic yellow gold Royal Oak “Jumbo” has returned. And to mark the 40th Anniversary of the first precious metal version of Audemars Piguet’s most famous watch, the Le Brassus manufacture has created a new series of Royal Oak Extra-Thins in yellow gold.
The 18K yellow gold “Jumbo” is available with two distinct “Petite Tapisserie” dials: classic blue or vintage-inspired champagne.
The blue dial contrasts with the new yellow gold case whereas the champagne dial blends in. And like their predecessors, an automatic caliber 2121 powers hours, minutes, and date functions.
The retail price in either dial is $55,400.
(Ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01 – blue dial, 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02 – yellow gold-toned dial)