Founded by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet in 1875, Audemars Piguet is a Prestigious Swiss luxury watch Maker.To a watch enthusiasts, AP is part of the Swiss”Holy Trinity” of all wristwatches along with Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.
In its early decades, AP made watch movements for different companies. Early customers of the young Swiss manufacturer contained Tiffany & Co. and Gubelin, but during the late 19th century, Audemars Piguet grew into its own business. Back in 1882, AP released its first pocket watches, sporting exact complications such as chronographs and perpetual calendars.
By 1889, Audemars Piguet was made up of more than 70 employees and established its own branch shop in Geneva. The company’s fortunes took a turn for the worse during the First World War and following the deaths of its two founders in 1918 and 1919. AP rebounded from the 1920s, introducing new watches inspired by the Art Deco era. It continued to rise but again ran into problems in the 1930s and 40s, with the Great Depression and World War II affecting its capacity to manufacture and sell its watches in Europe and globally.The modern Audemars Piguet that most watch fans are familiar with is mainly a product of the 1970s. Facing competition from producers of quartz watches, AP bet its future on a completely new, original wristwatch: the Royal Oak. AP has expanded its lineup over the previous decades with several different watches, including the unique Millenary.Below, we’ve listed the costs for Audemars Piguet’s most well-known watches. Since Audemars Piguet prices can fluctuate based on condition and age, we’ve included a range for each of the company’s most popular and widely accessible wristwatches.Introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak is the most popular Audemars Piguet watch. Released at a time of crisis for the Swiss watches industry, the Royal Oak was a bold statement–a unique and creative opinion designed by Gérald Genta which has been, in many ways, the first luxury sports watch. OO.1220ST.01 has a self-winding automatic motion, using a date complication and a center seconds hand.
This variation of the Royal Oak has a stainless steel case and bracelet with a 41mm case width. It is waterproof to 50 meters and contains a 60-hour power book. OO.1220ST.01 includes a versatile appearance that sits between casual and formal.Depending on age and fashion, many Royal Oak 15400ST. OO.1220ST.01 watches are priced from as much as $10,000 to approximately $14,000. Older Royal Oak models will be the most affordable, while newer pre-owned versions usually sit at the $12,000 to $14,000 range.Between 1989 and 1993, Audemars Piguet worked on a new timepiece that assembled on the success of the massively popular Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Offshore, which was displayed to the general public at Baselworld 1993, instantly attracted attention.With its beefed up dimensions and rugged design, the Offshore is a Royal Oak designed for the world’s explorers, athletes, and adventurers. A 42mm case,”tapisserie” dial pattern, and famous octagonal bezel make the Offshore equal parts effortlessly masculine and adventuresome.
This particular Royal Oak Offshore, the 26170ST. OO.D091CR.01, includes a dark rubber-clad crown and push pieces, a stainless steel case and a brown leather strap. The Offshore is water resistant to 100 meters–double the thickness of this standard Royal Oak.On the pre-owned marketplace, Royal Oak Offshore 26170ST. OO.D091CR.01 versions are usually priced from $14,000 to $16,000. As always, older models and watches using a heavier degree of wear are less expensive, while very good and mint state watches command higher prices.
The Millenary 4101 (reference no. 15350ST. OO.D002CR.01) is one of Audemars Piguet’s most advanced watches. It is an eye catching, undeniably distinctive watch.Introduced in 1980, the Millenary’s 47x42mm measurements make it stand out on the wrist. OO.D002CR.01 includes a black and anthracite dial comprising pink gold applied Roman numerals. The watch is finished with a hand-stitched black alligator strap.The Millenary 15350ST. OO.D002CR.01 sells for $14,500 to $16,000 on the pre-owned market, with pricing largely based on condition and age.