Vintage Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Sells For $200,000 USD at Bonhams Paris Watch Auction

The early stainless steel Royal Oak perpetual calendar was one of just 49 made.

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An early Audemars Piguet Royal Oak perpetual calendar sold for twice its estimate at Bonhams’ latest auction in Paris.

The D Series 25554ST.00.0344ST.01 from 1985 sold for €175,313 (approximately $200,000 USD), twice its pre-sale estimate.

The watch was one of only 49 examples made in stainless steel, using a movement that saw a QP module added to a Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.920 automatic.

Other highlights of the sale – which was the first time the auction house has staged a watch and car sale side-by-side in the French capital – included two rare Laurent Ferrier watches; a double balance spring Galet Classic Tourbillon from 2010 (approximately $93,200 USD) and a 2014 Galet Classic (approximately $43,200 USD).

Two vintage Patek Philippe pieces also performed well, with a 1935 Reference 96 double-signed by Roman jeweler Hausmann and Co, which had been owned by the same family since new, achieving €75,313 ($86,100 USD) and a 1970 18K yellow gold Calatrava Reference 3445, the brand’s first automatic model with a date complication, selling for €22,813 ($26,100 USD)

A eye-catching and rare 1970 18K gold Cartier Bamboo Coussin also illustrated that the appetite for vintage Cartier continues to build, achieving €19,063 ($21,800 USD).

Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams Global Head of Watches, said: “Our decision to make Paris a European hub for watch sales is proving to be a great success. This has been our best sale to date and we are delighted with these results.”

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