Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 19, 2022

LOT 130

AUDEMARS PIGUET
REF. 258601S, SELF-WINDING, CHRONOGRAPH, MINUTES AND HOURS RECORDERS, DATE, CALIBRE 2385; “ROYAL OAK” “CITY OF SAILS; LIMITED EDITION OF 300 PIECES; TITANIUM

EUR 35,000 - 70,000

USD 36,900 - 74,000 / HKD 290,000 - 580,000 / CHF 35,300 - 71,000

Sold: EUR 67,600

Very fine and rare, titanium, self-winding, “tonneau”-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with case-back screwed by eight screws, octagonal ship's porthole-shaped bezel screwed by eight hexagonal “nuts” screws, sea-blue colour (so-called "Yves Klein") dial with chronograph, 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and date of the month; made in a limited edition of 300 pieces.


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus (Vallée de Joux)

Model "Royal Oak", "City of Sails"

Reference 258601S.OO.1110IS.01

Year circa 2005

Movement No. 471 231

Case No. E 28 889

Material titanium

Bracelet integrated titanium AP bracelet with deployant clasp

Diameter 41 mm.

Length 180 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 2385

Length 180 mm. (approx.)

Weight 119.2 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and certificate of origin

Notes

Audemars Piguet has history with the sailing world. Indeed the "Royal Oak", designed in 1972, is its emblematic sports-luxury wristwatch.

The present timepiece is part of a limited edition of 300 pieces launched to celebrate the Be Happy sailing team in the 2000 edition of the Auckland race. The strong point of this legendary chronograph variation is the use of titanium which is lighter than stainless steel.

This metal is more difficult to work with, especially to design an octagonal case showcasing sharp angles. The dial clearly has a unique flair, displaying an electric blue "tapisserie" colour as an homage to the seabed. Collectors called it “Yves Klein” blue, after the famous painter.

Such history with the sailing race world will continue with the famous "Royal Oak" "Alinghi" first produced in 2005 and then with the "Royal Oak" "Off-Shore" launched in 2007.