Although Audemars Piguet thinks that all their watches are limited editions, the Royal Oak Off-Shore Monte Napoleone really seems to be restricted to 100 pieces only. It might even be possible that you have never seen this green Off-Shore before! Dutch watch dealer & jeweler Burger in Maastricht has found one and just put it up for sale on their website. This ref.26075ST.00.D038CR.01 (you wonder how they make these up) Monte Napeolone was introduced in 2005 to commemorate the inauguration of the Audemars Piguet boutique in the Monte Napoleone shopping street (Via Montenapoleone) in Milan.
This example was produced (or sold) in 2006 and is in great condition. The big and bright Arabic numerals and red hands give a nice contrast with the green dial and alligator strap. As with all Off-Shore chronograph calibers (2326/2840), the date is in the basement and therefore requires a cyclops beneath the sapphire crystal. The crown and pushers are protected against dust and moisture (water) with rubber. An AP folding clasp is included, to securely tighten the leather strap. Delivered in a special edition wooden AP watch box.
Except for the Jumbo and 15300 (Date) Royal Oak models, all others have a stainless steel caseback. This particular models has a ‘Monte Napoleone’ engraving in the caseback. Just to be sure.
Besides 100 editions in stainless steel, AP also created 50 pieces of the Monte Napoleone ROO in gold. Watch dealer & jeweler Burger priced this timepiece at 18.500 euro (approx $23,800.00 USD).
More information can be found at Juwelier Burger (also available in English).
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