Vintage timepieces hold a certain esteem to its name in the eyes of watch collectors and aficionados. The history behind the watch plays a huge factor, especially when it’s hitting the auction block. This time, we see a 1993 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore going up for auction.
The watch in question was actually owned by Gueit himself, making it one of the first ever Royal Oak Offshore designs. This further sets it apart from other watches that appear on auction as it is a personal item of the man who designed it. On its caseback, you will find the simplistic Royal Oak logo alongside the watch’s number, 039.
Gueit was also known for designing the Rolex Cellini. More recently, he was involved with designing the re-launched Ikepod watches.
Gueit had the first crack at the Audemars Piguet Royak Oak Offshore back in 1993 when he was approached by then CEO of AP, Stephen Urquhart. He was told to design a watch that young men would want to wear. It’s hard to imagine men back in the early 90’s wanting a watch with an oversized, ostentatious bezel with mechanical movements.
However, it’s worth noting that the Royal Oak Offshore was originally meant to be a 20th anniversary commemorative model for the Royal Oak collection. Soon after, it went on to create a legacy on its own, paving the way for Audemars Piguet to become one of the top Swiss-made luxury watchmakers today.
One will also notice that the watch does bear some wear-and-tear, given that it is 25 years old. Alongside the Royal Oak Offshore will also be a number of watches up for auction, which you can check out through Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: Eight.