You can either like them or else you don’t, Gérald Genta’s masterpieces in the seventies. Genta designed Omega watches for a long time (i.e. Constellation and Seamaster models) before he began their own company in 1969. Although creating watches was mostly employment that individuals did who have been around the payroll of the watch manufacturer, it had been an instantaneous success.
As everyone knows, Gérald Genta may be the genius behind the Royal Oak watch (1972) from Audemars Piguet and also the Replica Patek Philippe Nautilus watch (1976) from Patek Philippe. Both brands possess a lengthy history in watch making and both information mill considered ‘high end’ watch brands. Genta also designed the Ingenieur SL 1832 watch out for IWC within the late seventies, but the style of that specific watch has transformed through the years. There's no current Ingenieur model that appears much like the initial Ingenieur SL watch and for that reason from scope with this article.
Prior to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica and Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe didn't manufacture sports watches. Their catalog incorporated slim gold dress watches, without or with complications. I do not determine if the period over time (seventies) forced Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe to alter that strategy or if their clients just requested them for a stainless-steel sports watch constructed with the craftsmanship and quality these were accustomed to.
The Royal Oak and Nautilus have developed during the last decades, such as the Royal Oak Off-Shoreline series, Royal Trees with all of type of mechanical complications and also the Nautilus chronograph or Nautilus moon phase. The pure versions from the Royal Oak and Nautilus were ever present though - in stainless - similar to the initial types of the seventies. Patek Philippe also introduced the Aquanaut, a far more up-to-date form of the Nautilus, but purists appeared to possess overlooked that model.
This short article covers probably the most pure Royal Oak and Nautilus, the ref.15202ST and also the ref.5711/1A, the Jumbo and also the Jumbo. In stainless with a stainless-steel bracelet, just like Gérald Genta wanted these to be. Before these leaders meet one another, let’s briefly introduce them 1 by 1.
About 40 years ago, 3000 Swiss Francs would buy you a very decent gold dress watch. Therefor, journalists and those involved in the watch industry were in shock to see Audemars Piguet introducing a stainless steel sports watch for that amount of money during the Basel watch exhibition of 1972.
This stainless Royal Oak ref.5402ST nodded her head towards the portholes from the HMS Royal Oak ships (three as a whole) which had an octagonal in shape shape. Obviously, these British ships were named following the sacred tree that hid King Charles II of England and guarded him from his pursuers - the so-known as roundheads - in 1651.
Aside from the odd octagonal in shape shape and using stainless, the timepiece was regarded as very flat. Specifically for a computerized watch. Inside, Audemars Piguet used their quality AP2121, derrived in the quality 920 of Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is actually the movement that Audemars Piguet still uses today for his or her Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ and they're the only real ones who really are permitted for doing things (it's been licensed).