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Hello, my dear friends. :P :D I share this thread with you and hope you will be benefit from the following suggestions before you are gonna buy a pre-owned AP. You had better to keep these suggestions in mind, they will help you greatly when you are decided to buy a pre-owned AP, especially a Royal Oak or a Royal Oak Offshore. 1. If you got a vintage AP and you do not know its service history, you had better not to send it to the AP service center unless it stops running. More importantly, you should not take your vintage AP to any other independent watch shops to check or repair your watch. Although you can save your money at those independent watch shops, but I strongly believe that you will feel regret about that and pay the money you have saved someday. 2. If you wanna buy a pre-owned modern AP Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshore, you had better to get the one that looks not so old (F series or pre-F series) but with service history and has overall great shape, this kind is and ideal choice. 3. If you got a 5402, you should know that this watch is equipped with cal. 2121 and be careful with its crown and avoid using quick-set calendar advance function. (While the watch has no a date setting crown, you can just move the hand to pass the midnight’s position and stay in the position of 1 am or 2 am, and then move the hand back to the position of 10 pm to adjust the day quickly, hence you do not need to adjust the date by going through 24 hours.) In fact, I had gotten four 5402 watches and their crowns indeed had problems, such as the crown stem was broken or the crown was pulled out when I tried to have a date set. What’s more, one of them was broken twice during two-year period. When you wanna pull the crown out, you had better to be careful and pull it slowly. Furthermore, when you have a winding, you should not turn more than 5-7 turns of the crown. 4. If your 5402 has been serviced, you still need to prevent your watch from being wet while you wash your hands, because AP does not guarantee any water resistance of your repaired watch. 5. If you wanna buy a ROO (pre-F series), you have to make sure that it comes with service paper or service history. If it does not have these conditions, you had better to give it up, unless you know the owner or this watch is indeed flawless. 6. Never take your watch to the independent shops to have a polish on the bezel or other parts. If your watch has been polished those shops, it would lose the AP bevels and the bezel will become rounded and thinner over time. AP used special machines to keep the intact octagonal shape and make the polished/brushed areas perfectly balanced. 7. If you own an AP and it is still within the warranty period, you have to make sure that the warranty has been registered, and then get a third year sticker. If the warranty of your watch is about to expire, you can send your watch to AP after service center, after all the procedures have been finished, you can get another 2 years warranty. 8. If you open a case back of a RO, you should not attempt to open its anti-magnetic casing which keeps the movement inside, because those screws are delicate. Furthermore, if you open the case back, AP will surely know that you have opened the case and they would refuse to provide any after-sales service. 9. If you wanna go to AP after-sales center, you should do research firstly, and then take your watch along and prepare enough money. The services of modern AP watches are expensive, but not as expensive as the vintage watches, unless your modern watch is seriously broken or your movement had been messed up by other watchmakers. 10. You had better not to choose a RO quartz, because its battery needs to be changed every 2-3 years. Change of battery needs the disassembly of the whole watch. Bezel, dial, hands, crown and so on are needed to be removed, and then the movement is accessed and the battery is replaced. If you take your watch to independent watch shop to change the battery, the process is so tedious that the watchmaker would do something wrong. Eventually, you have no other choice but to take your watch to AP after-sales center which charges high fee, and they will probably force you to do a periodic service. Okay, that’s all. I hope this thread would help all of you a lot. Thanks for reading.
1892 The first minute repeater wristwatch was produced. 1899 A "Grande Complication" pocket-watch published by the AUDEMARS PIGUET. It is equipped with an alarm striking on independent gongs, perpetual calendar and chronograph with jumping seconds and split-seconds hand. 1915 AUDEMARS PIGUET set a world record that remains unmatched to present, by creating the smallest five-minute repeater calibre, with a diameter of just 15.8mm. 1921 AUDEMARS PIGUET created the first jumping-hour wristwatch. 1925 World's thinnest pocket-watch calibre, only 1.32 mm. 1934 First skeletonised pocket watch appeared. 1946 AUDEMARS PIGUET created the world's smallest manual movement for a wristwatch. 1957 Introduction of the first AUDEMARS PIGUET wristwatch equipped with a perpetual calendar. 1967 World's first thinnest self winding calibre with central rotor(2.45mm). 1972 AUDEMARS PIGUET launched the Royal Oak, the first high-end steel sports watch. 1978 First self winding ultra-thin perpetual calendar wristwatch with central rotor. 1986 AUDEMARS PIGUET made First ultra-thin(5.5 mm thick including the case) self-winding tourbillion wristwatch. 1989 AUDEMARS PIGUET created the Dual Time and smallest self winding perpetual calendar watch. 1993 AUDEMARS PIGUET launched the Royal Oak Offshore. 1994 First wristwatch with Grande and Petite SONNERIE, quarter repeater striking on two gongs made by AUDEMARS PIGUET. 1995 The Manufacture added a split-seconds chronograph to its Triple Complication, thus giving rise to the first "Grande Complication" self winding wristwatch. 1996 First self winding Grande complication watch produced in AUDEMARS PIGUET. 1997 First Grande SONNERIE chiming model, minute repeater with three gongs and three hammers created. 2000 Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the company founding, it is characterized by a new qualitative indication: that of the torque supplied by the mainspring. First model with Equation of Time, sunrise and sunset times and perpetual calendar published. 2004 Launch of the fourth piece in the Tradition d'Excellence Collection. Limited to 20 pieces, this Royal Oak manual tourbillion chronograph has a double ten-day power-reserve indication and a 30-minute counter. The watch is equipped with the 2893 calibre. The case back and the bracelet are made of platinum 950. 2005 AUDEMARS PIGUET presents the Edward PIGUET Moss Agate Tourbillon. This tourbillon is the world's first watch to be equipped with a plate in moss agate, a natural semi-translucent mineral graced with a fine mottled pattern reminiscent of plant-life motifs. 2006 AUDEMARS PIGUET created direct-impulse escapement. 2008 AUDEMARS PIGUET made the First watch featuring a carbon case and movement. 2009 AUDEMARS PIGUET issued High-frequency chronometer with AP escapement and double balance-spring.