Just Because: In The Office With A Different Royal Oak (Spoiler, You'd Better Like The 1970s)
You can’t neglect to see the AP logo at 6 o’clock.
As with the treated steel 5402, the absolute first instances of ref. 5402SA display the applied AP logo at 6 o’clock, which would later move to the 12 o’clock position. It is generally realized that the pined for steel An arrangement (2,000 models) show such attributes, yet a comparable characterization is unimaginable for the two-tone. The explanation is straightforward, there were insufficient two-tone Royal Oaks made to legitimize A, B, C and D arrangement. The two-tone never got an arrangement letter, simply a sequential number.
No letter goes before the sequential number.
Those digits really structure a fascinating secret, as it isn’t completely known the number of 5402SA were at any point created. An online article mentions 951 pieces, which would bode well in principle, being near the 1,000-piece run of the hardened steel 5402. However, it is conceivable that this number could even be lower, as it appears to be trying to discover a caseback having a place with the last hundred watches probably made.
Two-tone arm band, of course.
They are uncommon to come across, and not just on the grounds that they were not made in enormous amounts. Some were likely gathered to transform them into the more important steel variant, in spite of the fact that we know now that any steel 5402 without a letter before its chronic number isn’t kosher.
This remarkable run additionally demonstrates hard to date, with sources referring to somewhere in the range of 1976 to 1978. I unequivocally have confidence in the last mentioned, as all the 5402SA I’ve across were from that year (in light of the development sequential number).
The thin profile of the vintage Royal Oak stays hypnotizing, and a marvel on the wrist.
The 5402SA remaining parts the lone two-tone Royal Oak at any point made, at any rate in its Jumbo structure. Two-tone was in reality once again introduced into the Royal Oak family a year ago, however in the a lot thicker reference 15400. It is very nearly an incentive, offering precisely the same captivating plan and wrist comfort as the 5402, however at a negligible part of the cost, while simultaneously really being a lot more extraordinary. And keeping in mind that it has a more specialty offer than the 5402, the 5402SA has a smooth style all its own; simply request Sir Michael from Kent.
For a many individuals, two-tone is a major issue. In the event that you scorn it, you disdain it – yet I figure this specific model could be a “door” two-tone observe in any event, for haters, because of the warm patina of the yellow gold and the dazzling difference it makes with the steel. In the event that you need really persuading, investigate the individual watch of Gerald Genta, the otherworldly dad of the Royal Oak … a hardened steel Royal Oak, indeed, yet fitted with a yellow gold bezel.