A limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Edition sold for £31,200 at Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale on January 19th.
After finally winning the illusive FIFA World Cup in December 2022, Lionel Messi can be considered one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game.
In 2005, Audermars Piguet began a relationship with Messi when the footballer was presented with a Royal Oak by his manager following his first Liga title. After this, he became an avid collector of Royal Oaks and in 2010 became brand ambassador for the watchmaker.
This relationship was further celebrated in 2012, when Audermars Piguet released The Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited Edition. The collection was limited to just 1,000 pieces across three different variants – stainless-steel, gold, and platinum. The stainless-steel version was limited to 500 pieces.
The octagonal bezel is secured by eight hexagonal screws and is made from tantalum. The case measures 41mm, with a thickness of 11mm and was sold with its original box and papers.
Bidding took place online and in the room with 4 bidders battling it out to place the winning bid. Ultimately, the online bidder was successful and secured the watch for a £24,000 hammer price (£31,200 including fees).
The watch featured in the Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale and was entered to auction with an estimate of £18,000 to £22,000 and went on to sell for £31,200 (including fees).