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Hands-On With The AP Royal Oak A2

After I first heard Phillips was internet hosting a thematic sale for the Royal Oak’s anniversary, I anticipated they’d convey out the large weapons. Celeb provenance, distinctive items, early A-series examples, and so on. – these are all nicely and good, and Phillips undoubtedly delivered in these departments, however I by no means anticipated to be as shocked by one of many heaps within the sale as I’ve been with the A2. It offers new context for the Royal Oak’s origin story, fifty years after its introduction. And extra so than some other Royal Oak being auctioned off this yr, classic or modern, the A2 gives a real portal into the previous. A not-so-distant time when a watch just like the Royal Oak was simply one other object, one that would find yourself forgotten in a drawer, completely antithetical in its existence to each hype and FOMO. Most significantly, the A2 is a picture-perfect illustration of the historical past behind one of the crucial influential watches of the previous 5 a long time.