The Gérald Genta print that made the AP Royal Oak.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak continues its legacy as the watchmaker’s most popular model, with every variation release increasing well past its intended retail price on the secondary market. The Royal Oak first debuted at the Basel Fair in 1972 after designer Gérald Genta shocked the watch world with its timeless look and feel. The luxury auction specialists at Sotheby’s are proud to have recently sold a key piece of Audemars Piguet history during its ‘Gérald Genta: Icon of Time’ listing. The item that brought the most attention was an original prototype design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak from 1972.

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The famous watercolor print features all features and characteristics that shape the Royal Oak into the masterpiece that it is today. Along with the prototype signed copy, the listing also included a digital NFT that comes with digital certificates that prove its authenticity. The final selling price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Prototype Design reached an astronomical $610,000 during the Sotheby's auction event. Check back into duPont REGISTRY Daily for more luxury watch news and releases.

Source: Sotheby's