History Review: AP Royal Oak 15500 Models

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Audemars Piguet is one of the biggest names in the field of luxury watch-making and while many different AP models have existed over the years, a select few lines have been able to maintain strong popularity as new releases emerge and as technology continues to advance. One of the very best examples of this is the Royal Oak collection.

In this article, we take a much closer look at the Royal Oak line, exploring its history, while also taking a more in-depth look at model updates throughout the years and the most popular watches in the collection’s history.

Brief History of the AP Royal Oak Watch

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection was introduced in 1972 at the Swiss Watch Show, which would later become known as Baselworld. It was released against a backdrop of rising concern among Swiss luxury watch manufacturers about ‘Quartz’ technology, and is widely recognized as the world’s first luxury sports watch.

Defining characteristics of the Royal Oak included a hexagonal bezel and exposed screw heads, with the overall design taking inspiration from traditional diving helmets. The first model introduced was the Royal Oak Ref. 5402ST, which featured a 39mm case, measuring just 7mm in thickness and this helped to provide the sports watch with the sense of sophistication and luxury that, until that point, had been reserved for luxury dress watches.

This model also introduced the self-winding Caliber 2121 movement, which delivered excellent precision, shock resistance and full integration with the timepiece’s date display function. In the years since, models have introduced a variety of new complications, including perpetual calendar and moon phase indicator options.

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What is Causing Luxury Watch Prices to Skyrocket?

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Anyone with an interest in luxury watches, such as those produced by Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, knows to expect to have to pay high prices for the top brands. However, one of the noticeable trends throughout 2020 and 2021 has been a rapid increase in prices, even above what you might typically anticipate.

Therefore, if you are getting into the watch market yourself in 2021 or 2022, or looking to purchase a luxury timepiece for a friend or loved one, you are likely to have plenty of questions regarding the prices you see. Why are these watches so expensive? Why are watches selling way above retail price? Should you try to buy on the grey market?

In this article, we explore the answers to these questions and more, and outline what is behind prices skyrocketing.

The Issue of Supply and Demand

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One of the reasons why luxury watches are typically so expensive is because the supply of many timepieces does not come close to matching the demand. In other words, there are more people who want to buy luxury watches than there are luxury watches on sale. This can lead to situations where customers enter Rolex retailers to see very few watches to no watches on sale and it is common to find that you are unable to actually purchase a watch you may have seen on their website.

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Purchasing a Rolex Watch with No Sales Tax

Buying Rolex in the USA with No Sales Tax

Rolex watches are a significant investment, and while purchasing one hints at a certain level of personal wealth, most buyers are still keen to avoid unnecessary expenses. With this in mind, one of the most common questions potential buyers ask is: where can you buy a Rolex in the USA and legally avoid the payment of sales tax?

The best way to achieve this is to purchase a Rolex online, although it is important to understand precisely how this works and what the limitations are. In this article, we explain a little more about sales tax in relation to Rolex purchases, and the ways that online platforms like Jaztime.com can help to reduce costs.
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The Ultimate Audemars Piguet Buying Guide

Audemars Piguet Buying Guide

If you are interested in purchasing an Audemars Piguet watch, but would like to find out more about the luxury timepiece brand first, you have come to the right place. Here, we will provide you with an overview of the company itself, while also answering common questions. At the same time, we appreciate that understanding the different models can be confusing, so we will also offer information about some of the most popular models in the AP catalogue.

Why is Audemars Piguet Unique compared to other brands?

Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Openworked in Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold
Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Openworked in Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold

Some people are completely unfamiliar with Audemars Piguet, so it is worth starting off by exploring what is so special about the brand and why AP watches are so highly regarded. Despite lacking the level of fame of a brand like Rolex, Audemars Piguet is still part of the ‘Big Three’ of Swiss watchmaking, otherwise known as the ‘Holy Trinity of Luxury Watch Brands’. The company is known for creating exquisite, innovative mechanical watches of the highest quality.

A Look Into Audemars Piguet History & Popularity

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Skeleton Dial vs Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Limited Edition Lebron James

Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 and is recognized as one of the top luxury watch brands in the world. The company has its headquarters in Le Brassus, Switzerland and is notable for the fact that it started as an independent, family-owned business and remains one to this day. Many of the brand’s watches are available in extremely limited numbers, which provides a sense of exclusivity to each timepiece and helps to add to their value too.

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Where to Sell my Audemars Piguet Watch near me?

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If you are the owner of an Audemars Piguet timepiece, you will know all about the brand’s high quality, but did you know that some pre-owned AP models actually sell for a higher price than the brand new retail price? This means that certain most popular Audemars Piguet watches are an incredible investment, but the vast majority of AP models retain value well over time.

With that being said, if you are going to sell an Audemars Piguet watch, there are things you need to consider. Clearly, there is a substantial difference between selling an entry-level stainless steel AP Royal Oak for $20k, and selling a high-end gold and diamond Audemars Piguet Concept or a unique AP Grande Complications for somewhere in the region of $800k.

Beyond this, you also need to think about where you are going to sell your watch. Here at Jaztime, we believe in transparency, so we want you to have a clear idea of the various options available to you and the pros and cons associated with them. This will then allow you to make an informed decision and get the best possible price.

Can I Sell my AP to the Audemars Piguet Boutique Near Me?

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Sell your AP to an Audemars Piguet Shop is not possible.

When selling a luxury watch, one of the first questions that will go through many owners’ minds is whether or not they can sell their watch back to the brand they bought it from, such as by visiting a local boutique. Continue reading “Where to Sell my Audemars Piguet Watch near me?”

What is the Rolex Luxury Watch Grey Market?

In many ways, the free market and the convenience of online shopping are the enemy of luxury watch brands like Rolex. After all, anyone who knows anything about economics knows the principle of supply and demand, yet luxury watch manufacturers misjudge the demand (and, therefore, the price) of their models all the time. Moreover, they also occasionally make models intentionally scarce, artificially adding to their prestige.

Based purely on demand, for example, there should be more stainless steel Rolex Daytona models. Yet, the company keeps numbers limited to build a sense of exclusivity. If you attempt to buy one from an Authorized Dealer (AD) you will need to be extremely lucky, or you may need to buy it alongside other less desirable Rolex models.

Luxury Watch Brands Create the Grey Market

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For Authorized Dealers, watch manufacturers misjudging supply and demand is a problem. Dealers have to pay before they even know which watches they will receive. This can lead to problems when trying to clear their inventory of unsold, unpopular or obsolete timepieces. For instance, a Datejust 36mm with a pink diamond dial could be hard to shift, as it is too big for most women’s tastes, but too feminine for most men.

The solution? In many cases, they try to sell these less desirable watches together with more desirable models to a grey market dealer, who buys in bulk. Of course, the Official Retailer is unlikely to make as much this way, but sometimes cash flow issues and reducing the inventory are more important considerations than trying to sell watches in strict accordance with Rolex’s demands, which can be completely unrealistic.

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SIHH 2018 – New Audemars Piguet Watch Models

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH for short, is one of the most famous luxury watch trade shows in the world, and the first major event of the calendar year. Held in Geneva, the event sees more than 30 of the biggest watch brands showcasing their latest timepieces ahead of release to the general public.

Among the most celebrated of these luxury watch brands is Audemars Piguet, with the Swiss company having a well-earned reputation for both style and innovation. The company now traditionally uses SIHH rather than Baselworld as its platform for unveiling major releases. In this article, we look at the brand’s new models for 2018.

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Rapper Superstars Top Rolex Picks

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The themes of luxury, material wealth and status feature prominently in hip hop music, with rap stars often making reference to the products they own in their songs, or showcasing them in their music videos. Indeed, many rappers are far from shy when it comes to talking about or showing off their luxury watch collections.

As a result, there is a great deal of interest in the types of watches rap stars wear, with Rolex being the most popular brand of them all. In this article, we take a look at some of the rappers who have been known to wear Rolex watches and detail precisely which Rolex watches they opt for.

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Popular Canadian Rapper Justin Bieber Top Rolex Picks

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Justin Bieber is one of the most popular and successful pop stars of his generation and in addition to his talents as a singer, the Canadian has established himself as an international sex symbol and has become known for his sense of style. Inevitably when someone achieves such a status, they generate interest in the things they wear.

Through his music videos and endorsement deals, Bieber has become associated with luxury items, and his watch collection has attracted attention too. In particular, the singer is known to be a fan of the Rolex brand. In this blog post, we look at some of the Rolex watches and other luxury timepieces he has been spotted wearing.

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How to Keep Your Luxury Watches Safe at Home

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Expensive timepieces from the likes of Rolex, Patek and AP are a significant investment and as with any other item that is worth thousands of dollars, you need to look after it well and take precautions to stop it from being damaged or stolen. It is precisely for this reason that many luxury watch owners invest in a home safe.

Keeping your watch in a safe will not only give you peace of mind, it will also potentially reduce any insurance premium linked to the watch. Nevertheless, buying a safe can seem daunting, because there are so many types available. In this article, we look more closely at the various options and explain their plus points and drawbacks.

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