Collection: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watches

The undoubted flagship model of Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak has picked up something of a cult following. With a pioneering design that defied expectations, and a craftsmanship that embodies Audemars Piguet’s uncompromising vision of luxury, the Royal Oak has become iconic. Shop new and used Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches at Trilogy.

The history of the AP Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet had a bold idea: To create an “unprecedented steel watch” for all occasions, with the most beautiful finish the market had seen. Gerald Genta “the Picasso of watchmaking” conceptualised the AP Royal Oak and the collection launched in 1972. It was inspired by a traditional diver’s helmet.

It was a gamble by the brand. This was a line-up of luxury, steel sports watches that were more expensive than their gold watches. It paid off. The Royal Oak marked an entrance into a new era of watches for Audemars Piguet. 

Your guide to pre-owned Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Every AP Royal Oak for sale is an example of the brand’s diverse designs that all manage to meet the brief of an octagonal bezel and the ultimate luxury. 

The first Royal Oak A-series, as recognised by ‘AP’ initials above the 6 o’clock mark, is still the most sought after by collectors. The subsequent Series B and Series C pieces come in second in the collectability stakes.

Some more notable styles include the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, the Royal Oak Tourbillon and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph. Reference 15202, or the “Jumbo” released in celebration of the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, remains one of the most popular versions to this date.

The Royal Oak in the media

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has gained international acclaim through collaborations with known watch enthusiast celebrities like Tom Brady, Travis Scott and John Mayer.

It’s also regularly spotted on the red carpet and the silver screen.

“I have been a fan of the brand for a long time and a loyal customer, and I often chose Audemars Piguet watches to complete the looks I showed on the catwalk.” Tamara Ralph, Red Carpet Couturier

AP Royal Oak FAQs

Does AP Royal Oak hold value?

Looking at past market performance, the Royal Oak consistently holds its value - and often appreciates over time. There’s a steady demand for second-hand Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches. High quality, limited production quantities and an ability to deliver financial gains make this an attractive timepiece for investors. Always do your research or speak to a professional before buying a watch for investment purposes.

Why is the Royal Oak so popular?

The Royal Oak changed the entire Swiss watch industry, breaking the path for luxury sports watches and maintaining its status as one of the best ever since. It has a unique, distinctive design that stays largely the same with every iteration, while giving designers room to get creative.

What is the most expensive Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet?

The most expensive Royal Oak sold for $2,130,767 in 2022 in Geneva. It was Gerald Genta’s personal watch and is said to be the second Royal Oak ever made.


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