The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo was at that point referenced in last week’s 52Mondayz . One of the symbols when watches with coordinated arm bands are concerned.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo, reference 14802ST
The climate has been entirely comfortable in our piece of Europe of late, with temperatures in the high twenties. Centigrade that is. In Fahrenheit that would associate with 80 degrees. Obviously I attempt to dodge it, anyway with these temperatures some happening can happen. What’s more, at these events a metal arm band is ideal compared to a cowhide strap.
So during the current week also I searched for a watch with a hardened steel wristband, just no doubt. To follow my inclination for watches with incorporated arm bands, this time I settled on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo.
The reference 14802 Jubilee model
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo I’m wearing this week bears the reference 14802ST. A purported Jubilee model, which was introduced in 1992 for the Royal Oak Jumbo’s twentieth commemoration. In all out 1000 bits of this model have been made. It’s said that 300 of them were in yellow gold and 700 in treated steel, the first material Gerald Genta had planned it in .
A see through sapphire glass case back was the principle distinction to the until that time standard Royal Oak Jumbo with reference 5402ST. Distinctive dial spread out and colors were different contrasts, just as the utilization of an engraved and skeletonized 21c gold rotor.
Four various references in 45 years
Throughout the years, from 1972, Audemars Piguet utilized four references for the Royal Oak Jumbo; ref. 5402, ref. 14802, ref. 15002 and up to current date, the ref. 15202. The 15202 got a switch in appearance in 2012 . The dial, rotor and wristband fasten were altered.
The 15002ST was created from 1995 onwards, accordingly nearly simultaneously as the 14802ST (from 1992). They were essentially similar looks also, with the exception of the glass back. As it has no straightforward case back I’m not secure with the rotor which was utilized in the 15002ST, never have seen one opened.
To me actually the 14802 is perhaps the best models. The dial spread out varies marginally from the first dial in the 5402, anyway it actually has the fine ‘Clous de Paris’ structure. Also the implement record markers and hands are flimsy as the first. Further there’s no moment track around the dial demonstrating 5, 10, 15, and so on, which abbreviates the file markers.
The faultless type 2121
In expansion to the previously mentioned fascinating subtleties of the 14802 there is the benefit of a glass back, showing the perfect 2121 type. The AP type 2121 development depends on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s type 920. Strangely JLC never utilized this development in any of their own watches. Then again it’s the lone development that was utilized by all the ‘big three’ watch brands, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. It highlights 36 gems and a free-sprung Gyromax balance. Four ruby wheels uphold the rotor, which runs on a beryllium rail for stability.
Praising the bracelet
The last thing I need to commend the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo for is its incorporated wristband. A piece of workmanship and comfort. Practically all connections from the packaging to the fasten vary in width, giving it an extremely smooth and exquisite appearance. Indeed, even the little interlink parts are getting more modest towards the finish of the arm band at the fasten. The uneven catch opens and closes enough with a little AP embellished slide, never needing much force.
Probably a slight disservice of each reference of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo is its cost. These days the cost for another 15202ST is significantly finished € 20.000,=. What’s more, you must be cautious when purchasing a used one beneath € 20k, they’re not the entirety of similar quality or complete with unique box and declarations all things considered. An ideal illustration of a 5402 can even bring twofold that price.