Predictions for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 50th Anniversary..what to expect

Feb 21, 2021,01:58 AM

A million dollar question and yet a very important milestone of an icon “Royal Oak”..what are your thoughts and what would happen ? Will it meet the fate of Nautilus 5711 with all the rumours of it being discontinued etc .. last update to the ultra thin 39mm was in 2012 when the Oak turned 40. And that watch today has become grail as not many produced and very few lucky ones get thru the boutique at retail .
The design is perfect and so are the dimensions . I see a complete revamped in-house movement , perhaps a new lock to the bracelet and maybe a ceramic black out version having visuals of the famous Karl Lagerfield watch. Or will it be a ultra thin platinum iteration with baguette diamonds index markers some what similar to what Patek did with nautilus . Probably vintage looking box etc ..
So many possibilities ...what do you think ?

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AP recently did for Yoshida a Pt + diamond LE, so repeating it for 50th anniversary wouldn't make sense....

 By: mahesh : February 21st, 2021-02:04
would it be an enamel dial or a Tantalum case ;-) whatever will be their choice, high chance that it will be a huge success ! Best, mahesh., ...  

Would fall over if they made one in full cermet or grey ceramic...

 By: pfang56 : February 21st, 2021-02:10
But we can be certain that there will be something incredible next year along with many other celebration pieces for the 50th... Cheers Peter

The tapisserie is one of RO's features

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : February 21st, 2021-02:38
A final LE might be the deserved tribute to the Genta's masterpiece, then AP should move on

I see no reason to discontinue the 15202. But the question is...

 By: MichaelC : February 21st, 2021-06:22
Will they release a brand new Royal Oak, or just offer Anniversary series? The latter would be as easy as pie, I could think of multiple homerun anniversary Royal Oak watches that would all sell out. I think they will have more in store for us than that..... 

Oh boy. That one is the most anticipated release and if it is anything better than that PT/salmon or Japanese onyx versions it wud become sensational piece. It wud obv be an ultimate unobtainium and a source of envy for most of us.

 By: redcorals : February 21st, 2021-07:05
How do you outdo those special iterations? I expect so much fireworks from this release that its easier for me to iterate what I wudnt like to see that what I wud 😍

Wow, so many possibilities that I would not even begin to guess as it would be an endless effort and drive me crazy. Regardless, I most likely will want one to add to my RO collection...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : February 21st, 2021-08:43
The real question will be availability and how difficult it will be to attain one as I still have not hear anything regarding a 15202BC salmon dial, although I did receive a 15407ST double balance. I assume the demand will be crazy as usual so hopefully c... 

"Karl" i.e. a black, flat, non-seconds-hand, 5402-style version.

 By: HSTE : February 22nd, 2021-11:54
That would be cool. (Copyright of KL pictures are with HSTE, from Getty Images) Cheers, HSTE ...  

I’m hoping for a new RO Concept design...

 By: cory : February 23rd, 2021-00:08
Something that has the same WOW impact as the RO CW1 had when it was released back in 2002 for the 30th anniversary.


 By: HorologyMiami : February 23rd, 2021-08:42
I would love to see the 15202 billed as the RD3 and given a full 1:1 re issue of the 5402A but with all the modern bells and whistles. My list of requests: 1:1 Case dimensions of 5402 (7mm Thickness WITH sapphire caseback) White Date Wheel Blue and Black ...