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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 14486 - Mid-Size

Sale price$34,850.00 USD

STRAIGHT FACTS

It’s not unfair to say that Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most iconic watches ever made. Designed in 1972 by Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak completely changed the way that we look at a steel sports watch. For the first time, stainless steel was treated as a precious metal - receiving complex finishing techniques of brushing, polishing, and beveling - all by hand. The idea that its eight hexagonal bezel screws would be finely finished and left exposed for the wearer to see was a revolutionary thought. It’s no reason that the model became the calling card for the family owned Audemars Piguet - not to mention one of the most sought after watches in the world.

What’s better than a Royal Oak? How about a solid-gold Royal Oak?

The present example is a reference 14486, which was first introduced in 1986 as part of the 'mid-size' Royal Oak family. The reference was only made available in steel and gold, or solid gold. Naturally, we feel solid gold is the way to go here. Its hallmarks are extremely crisp and strong - matching the overall condition of the case which shows signs of a gentle polish in the past. The bracelet, which is silky smooth and melds to your wrist, shows no signs of stretch and the dial is in superb condition throughout.

These watches strike the perfect balance between the size and value proposition that a Royal Oak can offer. It is also one of the rarest mid-size Royal Oak family members. The weight of the solid gold makes this wear far larger than it is while still fitting the wrist in a more comfortable way than a full size 39mm Royal Oak which can fit a little odd on some wrists due to how flat it is.

Like we said, What’s better than a Royal Oak? A solid-gold Royal Oak. Full stop.

*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

Yellow Gold 1986 Automatic Sport

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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