At the Antiquorum Hong Kong Auction - October 19, 2012 - there will be a 39 mm automatic steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in very good condition for sale. It is not an A or B Series Royal Oak Jumbo from the 1970s, or the new 40th Anniversary Royal Oak model, which was revealed a SIHH 2012 — but it is very similar and has the same case diameter. Furthermore, considering that the owner probably paid $12,000 or more, and it is AP’s most collectible model, the estimates are low (click “Read More” below to see prices). If you’ve always wanted to own the iconic Royal Oak, but have never had enough funds, this could be your chance.
This circa 2007 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15300ST.OO.1220ST.03 comes in a 39 mm diameter by 10 mm thick stainless steel case. The surfaces are both polished and brushed. Eight white gold hexagonal nuts secure the signature octagonal bezel. The sapphire back is held in place with a steel caseback and 8 white gold screws. The bracelet is integrated and secured through the pierced lugs, by 4 screws. Concealed double deployant clasp. Hexagonal screw-down crown.
The dial is black with the Grande Tapisserie decoration, luminous applied steel baton indexes, outer minute/seconds divisions, aperture for the date. Luminous steel baton hands. The movement is AP manufacture caliber 3120. It is rhodium-plated, features a fausses cotes decoration, 40 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, gyromax balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, yellow gold rotor engraved with coats of arms and hack mechanism. The dial, case and movement signed with Audemars Piguet.
UPDATE: At the Antiquorum auction earlier today in Hong Kong, this AP Royal Oak, which we highlighted as a good deal at the estimated price $4,000 to $6,500 — as expected — sold for quite a bit over the high estimate. Approximately $9,750 which is still a good deal, but $3,250 more than the high pre-sale estimate.