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AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK QUARTZ Ladies' wristwatch in 18K (750 thousandths) gold, grey dial with small tapestry motif, gold-plated hour-markers and thread hands, applied AP logo at noon. Bezel in 18K (750 thousandths) gold set with small brilliant-cut diamonds, case plate set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. Back in 18K (750 thousandths) gold signed Audemars Piguet, numbered B83773. Quartz movement signed Audemars Piguet. Bracelet in 18K (750 thousandths) gold with links set with small brilliant-cut diamonds except for the final three, signed Audemars Piguet, 18K (750 thousandths) gold folding clasp. Watch functional at time of appraisal, new battery, with no guarantee of future operation or condition of parts. Three screws missing from the case back, the others in very poor condition, service required. Swiss work circa 1980 - Dimensions 25 x 32 mm - Wrist 15.5 cm maximum Gross weight 90.9 g Audemars Piguet's famous Royal Oak watch appeared in 1972, recognizable by its octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, the fruit of Gerald Genta's pencil. It was Jacqueline Dimier who, following in Gerald Genta's footsteps, turned her attention to the Royal Oak and gave birth to, among others, the ladies' models, the quartz models and their magnificent design, not to mention other Royal Oak references for men. We had to wait just over 5 years, until 1977, to see the appearance of "rectangular" Royal Oak models. Production of these models lasted until the mid-1980s, with a limited number of models produced in succession. While the octagon is not as pronounced as on its mechanical sister, the case does have 8 sides. The old bezel gives way to a more subtly octagonal and much thinner one, still brushed on the surface and polished on the edges. The case also features 4 small lugs at 3, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock.