Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 13, 2016

LOT 270

AUDEMARS PIGUET REF. 5402 ROYAL OAK A SERIES JUMBO TROPICAL DIAL ORIGINAL WARRANTY STEEL Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Jumbo, Automatic, case No. A 1781, Ref. 5402 ST. Sold on March 15th, 1975. Very fine and rare, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date and a stainless steel Audemars Piguet link bracelet with deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original warranty, Audemars Piguet extract from the archives, instruction booklet and spare service dial

CHF 25,000 - 35,000

HKD 200,000 - 280,000 / USD 25,000 - 35,000

Sold: CHF 31,250

Two-body, polished and brushed, octagonal bezel set with 8 hexagonal nuts embanked in 8 screws on the case back, angled lugs, screwed-down winding crown, sapphire crystal. Black tropical, clous de Paris decoration, applied luminous steel baton indexes, aperture for the date at 3. Luminous steel baton hands. Cal. 2121, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 36 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted for heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, 21K gold rotor.

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Grading System
Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-7-02

Very good


HANDS Service hands


Dial, case and movement signed. DIM. 39 x 47 mm. THICKNESS 7 mm. Approx. overall length 175 mm. Sold new at GUBELIN in Zurich in 1975, this A series has remained in excellent all original condition (apart from the hands that were changed during a service) featuring one of the best deep TROPICAL DIALS we have ever seen and the rare, almost always changed non-logo AP crown. It also comes accompanied by the original warranty with all the matching numbers eventhough the salesperson did a mistake on the reference of the watch. Even rarer still, the original instruction booklet also comes with the watch, making this example one of the most complete to ever appear at auction.