A remarkable story of a Royal Oak Chronograph 39mm

Nov 07, 2019,08:39 AM

A remarkable story of a Royal Oak Chronograph 39mm

I have always been in love with the not so limited, limited series of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph City of Sails in Steel at 39mm. All 39mm ROCs have a special place in my heart with the Gerald Genta DNA and 39mm original size even if the thickness is way higher.

So how does this story unfold. It was a Thursday and the local AP House had put on a small party and I go and have a great time. I get to see the 15500st in Blue which I really like and met a guy who was totally into hardcore sail boat racing and competing himself. What an amazing guy and I listened for 2 hours straight.

After leaving I was so inspired I needed to get a new AP, (some of you might know the feeling) so I go online and hit all the well known places … nothing special most of the watches are overpriced or rocked down and then I see an ad from a private person with a City of Sails with papers for sale.

I contact him and we meet 2 days later. I have seen so many City of Sails and other ROCs normally polished down to their foundations and I have heard all stories why they sell and where they are from and why the box is missing ..... and I always buy the watch and the seller. Both has to be convincing.

This guy was normal and not into watches at all and pulls out a scratched but unpolished AP ROC 39mm City of Sails in otherwise great condition. How is that possible after 17 years? I ask him and here comes the remarkable and also beautiful story.

His Father a successful business man bought this watch overseas in Africa in 2002 and wore it for around 3 years before he sadly passed away and inherited the watch to his son. He put it in the safe and never wore it. only wearing his Daytona, which I do understand. So it was laying in the safe for 14 years and then he decided to possibly selling it to me. Even the leather strap is 17 years old and still in working condition. With papers. Incredible to get such an old watch in fairly good condition.

So we agree on the deal and I go to check it out with our AP House who are impressively helpful, this AP House concept makes me want to be part of the brand even more. They look at the papers and its all legit, I am happy. Then they check out the watch performance and after 17 years it still has full power and a 2 seconds a day. This is pure amazing a 17 year watch running perfectly only few watchmakers can do this. I have never been more happy with an AP and being an AP customer in the AP Family.

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a very cool piece this one

 By: keks : November 7th, 2019-11:07
I agree the 39mm ROC is the best version to date... love this version and your story is amazing too! Thanks for sharing and do enjoy this piece!

Beauty! I know a fellow member who owned this ROC

 By: MichaelC : November 7th, 2019-11:22
Numerals on a Royal Oak Chronograph are very special.

A great find

 By: FlyingSnoopy : November 7th, 2019-11:25
Enjoy it, it is a beauty! Cheers


 By: PalmSprings : November 7th, 2019-11:28
Great story and beautiful watch. Did you pay first or had the watch checked out and then wire the money? Or how does this go normally?

But the seller and the watch

 By: TimeMachine : November 7th, 2019-13:59
I know exactly the proportions and feel of this watch I was 99% sure the watch was genuine and the seller was 100% genuine so there’s were no worries. I paid first and then went to AP


 By: PalmSprings : November 10th, 2019-05:43
Thank you! Enjoy the watch, really stunning.

Beautiful piece and story behind it!

 By: KamalRostov : November 7th, 2019-16:18
Is this the Alinghi version? Congratulations on your catch and wear it in the best of health.

Great find and lovely version. I had it for some years, and traded it for a 5402 C Series.

 By: amanico : November 8th, 2019-06:46
Here is my ex: On its original rubber strap. Best, and congratulations! ...  

Still, I miss it... [nt]

 By: amanico : November 8th, 2019-16:05

Congratulations on the special find.

 By: JerryW : November 9th, 2019-20:34
Absolutely my favorite ROC ever produced. Enjoy and wear in the best of health.

Not sure but I have two variations. One was a Swiss delivery and the other a US delivery.

 By: JerryW : November 14th, 2019-20:01
Just not sure if a box was swapped along the way. Plus the instruction books are different for the same movement. ...  

Sort of on topic, I recall the platinum version included a sailboat.

 By: MichaelC : November 15th, 2019-05:21
Now I wish I had this on my office shelves! ...