Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 25, 2023

LOT 171*


EUR 50,000 - 100,000

USD 55,000 - 110,000 / HKD 426,000 - 860,000 / CHF 49,000 - 98,000

Fine and very rare tonneau shaped self-winding wristwatch with full pave diamond dial. Date. Diamond set bezel. White gold bracelet.

This Lot is submitted to commissions and taxes :
If the lot is delivered within the EU:
a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer’s premium, plus 120€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer’s expense.
If the lot is delivered outside EU:
120€ for termination of temporary export is due,at buyer’s expense
Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-08

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Audemars Piguet, Switzerland

Model Royal Oak

Reference 14544BC

Year Register date 22 April 1991

Movement No. 330624

Case No. C68052-0047

Material 18K white gold

Bracelet AP 18K white gold bracelet, 125mm. (approx.)

Diameter 36mm

Caliber 2131

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original fitted box outer box, Extract from the Archives, additional links


Quickly after launching the iconic Royal Oak in 1972, Audemars Piguet expanded the Royal Oak 35 mm collection by transforming certain examples of the ref. 14486 into jewellery timepieces. The addition of gemsetting changed the watch reference to 14544.

Produced from 1987 to 1992, the ref. 14544 was available in three materials: yellow gold (1987), white gold (1989) and two-tone yellow gold and steel (1991). The ref. 14544BC is the white gold version of model 14544. According to the manufacture 42 were sold from 1989 to 1992, and only 11 were sold in 1991, making this example extremely rare.