Audemars Piguet has been creating complex mechanical watches since 1875. Nearly 150 years later, the brand is still using traditional and artisanal methods to create their precise complications. Some of its most famous mechanical innovations include the creation of the smallest minute repeater in the world and a jumping second hand pocket watch. Buying an Audemars Piguet watch means owning an icon. Find yours in our collection of exceptional used Audemars Piguet watches for sale below.
Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded Audemars Piguet in 1875. It took time for Audemars Piguet to evolve into the powerhouse brand we know today, and their first big breakthrough didn't come until 1892. That year, they created the first minute repeater wristwatch, which was far ahead of its time. Shortly after in 1899, they unveiled the “Grand Complication” pocket watch, which featured an impressive seven complications. These included an alarm, chronograph with jumping seconds, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, deadbeat seconds, and split-seconds as well as a grand and small strike. These creations ultimately helped lay the groundwork for the brand to take off over the next hundred years.
By the 1970s, Audemars Piguet would solidify its place in watchmaking history. During that decade, the watch industry was in the midst of the Quartz Crisis and many manufacturers were struggling. Audemars Piguet was determined to introduce something bold, and came up with the idea of creating an entirely new watch category: the luxury sport watch. Working with one of the industry’s eminent designers, Gerald Genta, they created the Royal Oak.
The Royal Oak and its second iteration, the Royal Oak Offshore were initially polarizing, but these models have ultimately become synonymous with the Audemars Piguet brand. Today, the brand continues its pioneering spirit by experimenting with new technologies and materials.
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