Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 'Steel More Valuable Than Gold'
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1974 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 'Steel More Valuable Than Gold'
The question posed by this advertisement for the Royal Oak — “What makes steel more valuable than gold?” — might be easily dismissed by veteran watch enthusiasts today. However, in the early 1970s, few could understand why a stainless steel wristwatch should cost more than the average equivalent made of solid precious metals. It took some wildly clever marketing to convince the buying public that what was soon to become a classic was indeed worth the sticker price — a price several times that of the average Rolex Submariner.
Of course today, the Royal Oak is not only a tentpole product in the AP catalog, but a legendary model that has come to define an entire category of timepiece, the “luxury sports watch.” Gérald Genta’s design, sketched in a single sitting on the eve of a major trade show, has been imitated many times — most notably by Genta himself in the form of the Patek Philippe Nautilus — but never bested.
In turn this ad, with its high-touch macro photography and clever copywriting, is as refined as the watch itself. (In fact, we think it’s worth its weight in gold!) It’s the largest print advertisement for the Royal Oak, while the fact that it has two color images and is among the most difficult early Royal Oak ads to obtain — it’s not a stretch to say the ad is “rarer” than the watch itself — only amplifies its specialness.
About our collaboration with Ad Patina
We're thrilled to be collaborating once again with our longtime friend Nick at Ad Patina to bring you a selection of the most-popular and hard to find original vintage magazine advertisements curated specifically for Analog:Shift!
Scouring the world for forgotten marketing treasures, Ad Patina's raison de être very much mimics our own - to hunt down these wonderful bits of history, preserve and restore them as needed, and share them with an enthusiastic community.
These documents of horological and advertising history have entered the collecting conversation as the ultimate accompanying accessory to go along with hobbies and passions. They have found themselves framed in homes and offices around the world.
Every one of these wonderful pieces is a genuine, vintage advertisement that has been professionally framed to ensure years of enjoyment to come - no reprints or reproductions here!
Much like a traditional piece of art - a painting or photograph - an original advertisement can be appreciated for its design as well as for its power to evoke nostalgia. Something vintage enthusiasts know all about!
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