Audemars Piguet is a manufacturer of luxury Swiss watches founded in 1875 by watch makers Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet.
The company specialised from the outset in designing and manufacturing highly complex mechanical watches.
The Royal Oak, released in 1973, was the first high-end sports watch made of steel. Its launch was slow at the beginning, but became a huge international success. By the year 2000, the brand finally sold 100,000 Royal Oak. The watch represents around 45% of Audemars Piguet global sales.
The first series of 1000 Royal Oak (called the A-series) are the most sought after by collectors. They can be recognised by the AP initials placed above 6 o'clock rather than at 12 o'clock like successive series.