Listed below are a few interesting facts about the Royal Oak from one of the world’s luxury watched makers, the Audemars Piguet.
Here is how the Royal Oak was born
Georges Golay,was the designer behind the creation of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The interesting fact behind this wrist watch is that he only had less than 24 hours to sketch the design for an unprecedented steel watch which later on took the name the Royal Oak. Georges Golaywas already a skilled watch designer before Basel Fair, Audemars Piguet’s managing director recruited him. He had created the iconic designs for watches belonging to the brands like Omega and Patel Philippe.
The Royal Oak has the thinnest automatic movement in the world
With the thickness of 2.5mm, the Royal Oak still stands to be the only watch with the thinnest movement which utilizes a full-sized central rotor for maintaining it’s power reserve.
How the name Royal Oak was born
Regarding the name Royal Oak and how it came to be, there are two legends behind it. Below listed are both of these:
- One version of how the watch got it’s name is that it was inspired from a very powerful naval ship with the name “Royal Oak”. Another interesting fact here is that there were actually at least eight such ships with the same name! We’ll have to guess which ship inspired the name or if all eight of them did!
- The second version for the legend behind the watch’s name is that it was inspired by the Royal Oak which was an actual tree that saved King Charles II of England. As per the legend, he escaped from the Roundheads at the battle of Worcester in 1651 by hiding in the tree.
It was the Royal Oak that saved the business
During the 1970s, most of the leading watch makers got hit by the arrival of the less inexpensive quartz watches. When the Royal Oak, which was a luxury watch got out into the markets in 1972, it did not perform well. Apparently, the Royal Oak was too expensive when comparing with the quartz watches. It took almost an year for a 1000 Royal Oaks to be sold. But soon, the watch was a big hit and so it saved the company from bankruptcy.
Royal Oak’s first buyer
The first customer to purchase the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was the Shah of Iran – a royalty. He was a man who was famous for his good taste.
There are several more interesting facts and legends behind the Royal Oak. However, we will stop with these selected few listed above.