Lot #3181 – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Watch #25770ST.OO.A001KE.01

Estimate: $15,000.00 – $18,000.00

Very rare and fine early men’s stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph wristwatch with date, ref #25770ST.OO.A001KE.01.  Circa 1996.  Blue Audemars Piguet Grande Tapisserie dial with applied luminous bar hour markers, three sub dials, and date.  Swiss made, self winding automatic Audemars Piguet Calibre 2226/2840 movement.  Comes on blue leather Audemars Piguet strap with a stainless steel Audemars Piguet buckle.  Accompanied by Audemars Piguet archive extracts book.  Approximate diameter is 46mm.

Has superficial scratches due to normal wear and age.  Overall condition is very good.  Running at the time of inspection, however not checked for accuracy.  An overhaul is always recommended for used watches.

This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch has a “D” serial which makes it one of the earliest Royal Oak Offshore models.  This is a predecessor to the Royal Oak Offshore “End of Days” model that was introduced in 1999.  The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore model #25770ST is also known as the “Other End of Days.”

Edward Auguste Piguet and Jules Louis Audemars founded their company in 1875 and named it Audemars Piguet & Cie in 1881.  They were known for their complicated movements and invented the first minute repeater watch in 1892, Grand Complication pocket watch in 1899, the first jump hour watch in 1921, the first skeleton watch in 1934, the thinnest watch in 1946, the Royal Oak in 1972, the ultra thin tourbillon in 1986, the first automatic Grand Complication watch in 1995 – 1996, the first direct impulse escapement in 2006, and the first carbon watch in 2007 – 2008.

Notable models include the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept, Audemars Piguet Millenary, and Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars, in addition to their Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie line.

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Description

Brand:  Audemars Piguet
Model:  Royal Oak Offshore
Reference:  #25770ST.OO.A001KE.01  or #25770ST-OO-A001KE-01 or #25770STOOA001KE01 or #25770ST
Diameter:  46mm
Dial Color:  Blue Grande Tapisserie
Case Material:  Stainless steel
Bezel Material:  Stainless steel
Case Back:  Solid
Movement:  Automatic
Functions:  Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Band:  Blue Audemars Piguet leather strap with stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant buckle
Last Know Retail (Approximate):  NA

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Audemars Piguet