Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, May 13, 2018

LOT 570

AUDEMARS PIGUET, BABY ROYAL OAK, TROPICAL DIAL A fine, very early, small, self-winding, stainless steel lady's wristwatch with tropical dial.

CHF 1,700 - 3,700

HKD 13,600 - 29,600 / USD 1,700 - 3,700

Sold: CHF 6,250

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-01

Very good


HANDS Original

Brand Audemars Piguet

Model Royal Oak

Reference Ref. 8638 ST

Year 1976

Bracelet Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, approx. overall length 145 mm.

Numbers Case N. B 5216 / 316'957, Movement N. 175'615

Caliber 2062

Dimensions 29 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement.

Accessories Original warranty, documentation


While its big sister was launched in 1972 with its perfect design by Gerald Genta, the lady version was produced a few years later by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976. While the 5402 at its launch cost an eyewatering CHF 3'750, its counterpart also came priced at a hefty CHF 2'980. Unlike many later versions that were equipped with quartz movement, this self-winding version was sold in 1976 (confirmed on the original warranty), making it one of the earliest of all stainless steel mini Royal Oak ever to appear at auction.