Talk to me about the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi…

Self-winding watch specialist at Fellows Auctioneers.

Kes Crockett | Watch Department

We will offer for sale a highly desirable, limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi edition in the upcoming Luxury Watch Sale at Fellows on January 19th. Now, if you have had trouble in the past remembering the various model numbers of Rolex watches, good luck with Audemars Piguet. This particular watch is reference 26325TS.OO.D005CR.01 which I’m sure you agree, rolls off the tongue beautifully.

Audemars Piguet

Reference numbers aside, there is no doubting the quality of Audemars Piguet watches. Recognised as being a member of the horological Holy Trinity, alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, the company has been producing some of the finest watches for almost one hundred and fifty years. Amongst the many models the company has produced during its rich history, the Royal Oak is perhaps the most iconic. Penned by Gerald Genta as the ultimate luxury sports watch, it features a unique case design which has remained almost unchanged for 50 years.

Royal Oak Leo Messi

The octagonal bezel is secured by eight hexagonal screws. It is, in this instance, made from the very rare, corrosion and scratch resistant, blueish grey metal, tantalum. At 41mm, the case is purposeful yet wearable and with a thickness of 11mm. It is a watch that can be discreetly slipped under a shirt cuff whilst strolling through the dodgier parts of your chosen city.

Royal Oak & Leo Messi

Audemars Piguet marked their 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak with the Leo Messi reference. They limited the release to just 1000 pieces offered in three variations – steel, gold and platinum.

Aside from the unusual bezel material, these versions differed from the standard through their use of an alligator or rubber strap rather than a bracelet, and the absence of a tapisserie dial.

Their release in 2012 coincided with an incredible season for Messi as he scored 91 goals for club and country and was awarded one of his seven Ballon d’Ors. Showing no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by his World Cup-winning performance just last December, the now 35-year-old number 10, is arguably the greatest player in the history of football and boasts an astonishing number of records, including:

Most

– Liga goals

– Liga hat-tricks

– Ballon d’Ors

– ESM Golden boots

– goals in a calendar year

– Argentinian caps

– individual World Cup appearances

As well as

– Youngest Argentinian World Cup scorer …and many more.

In fact, the only thing apparently missing from Messi’s resume is fulfilling his childhood dream of one day playing for the mighty Nottingham Forest!

The relationship between Audermars Piguet and Leo Messi began in 2005 when the footballer was presented with a Royal Oak by his manager following his first Liga title. From this point on he would be an avid collector of Royal Oaks and in 2010 became brand ambassador – with their shared values of passion, precision and rigour cited as being at the heart of the collaboration.

Royal Oak Leo Messi

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi edition at auction

With an estimate of £18,000 to £22,000, Lot 2 in our first Luxury Watch Sale of 2023 provides an exciting opportunity for fans of the watch brand and the footballer alike. Coming with its original box and papers this chronograph timepiece will be high on many a horophile’s wish list. We find that demand for Royal Oaks is always strong – a limited-edition example such as this will always be highly desired.

Royal Oak Leo Messi

The Luxury Watch Sale – Thursday 19th January 2023

Viewing Times

London

Tuesday 10th January 12:00 – 19:00

Wednesday 11th January 10:00 – 16:00

Birmingham

Wednesday 18th January 10:00 – 16:00

Thursday 19th January 8:30 – 10:00

Virtual viewings are available by request. Taking part in a virtual viewing is the ultimate personal shopping experience. We use video conferencing technology to create a unique viewing experience. Our specialists will show you the items you would like to see. You will be able to join one of our specialists in a private appointment to discuss the items in our auction. Feel free to ask them whatever you need to know in order to buy with confidence. They will explain the buying process to you, should you decide that you would like to bid.

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Valuations

Our valuations are free, with no obligation to sell with us. Our experts will value your item with an estimate, so you can find out what it could achieve at auction.

The process is simple. You can fill in a form online or book an appointment to visit either of our offices in Birmingham or London. Virtual valuation appointments are also available.

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