AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK 4100BC DIAMOND DIAL
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak reference 4100 holds a special place in the history of collectible vintage watches. It was one of the earliest models introduced in the Royal Oak collection, which revolutionized the watch industry. The Royal Oak reference 4100 series was introduced later and in larger quantities than the original full-size reference 5402, offering a similar impact but at a more affordable price, being the standard entry model. The 4100 was powered by the Caliber 2123 automatic movement with centre second hand, based on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s cal. 888, also used in the original mid-sized Patek Philippe Nautilus. The mid-sized 35mm version, introduced in 1976 with the 4100 series, was produced in different materials and designs, primarily in stainless steel, yellow gold, and steel/gold combinations. However, the white gold variation, like the present example, stands out as the rarest and least commonly found. The 4100BC is exceptionally scarce in the market due to its extreme rarity.
This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak reference 4100BC stands as an extraordinary specimen of this highly uncommon model featuring a white gold case and bracelet. Few of these watches have appeared on the market, rendering this timepiece a remarkable opportunity for collectors seeking an exceptional addition to their collection. The standout feature is the stunning bluish dial adorned with 10 diamonds, an exceedingly rare feature for any Royal Oak watch. Despite some signs of aging on the case and bracelet, the watch retains its original finishing, remaining in exceptionally good overall condition and untouched.
The watch is accompanied by an extract from the archives confirming the sale of this watch in 1981.
Serial Number B699XX, Diameter 35mm.