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Audemars Piguet

'THE BEAST' ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, REF 25721ST STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, TROPICAL DIAL AND BRACELET CIRCA 2001

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 40,000 CHF

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet

'THE BEAST' ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, REF 25721ST STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, TROPICAL DIAL AND BRACELET CIRCA 2001

'THE BEAST' ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, REF 25721ST STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, TROPICAL DIAL AND BRACELET CIRCA 2001

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 40,000 CHF

Lot sold:

32,760

CHF

Audemars Piguet


'THE BEAST' ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, REF 25721ST

STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, TROPICAL DIAL AND BRACELET

CIRCA 2001


Dial: tropical tapisserie dial 

Calibre: cal. 2226/2840 automatic, 54 jewels

Movement number:  511'686

Case: stainless steel, back secured by 8 screws

Case number: E39'808, 2537

Closure: stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 200 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives and presentation case


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MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Chronograph functioning and date advancing.

CASE: In very good overall condition, little to no signs of wear.

DIAL: in very good condition. The dial has aged, and in so doing, turned from blue to brown. Coloration consistent.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.

 

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

In 1993 Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore, a new version of the classic Royal Oak model. Designed by Emmanuel Gueit, the reference 25721ST was quickly nicknamed “The Beast” mainly due to its impressive case size of 42mm.

This present "E series" version, presents a mesmerising dial with an unusual additional effect. The colour of the tapisserie dial - originally blue when the watch was made – has naturally faded into a caramel brown. This phenomenon – referred to as “tropical” by collectors – is caused by the materials used in the manufacture of the dial discolouring over time after being exposed to certain elements such as the sun and other forms of light. The stunning effect creates an attractive patina on the surfaces affected, making these dials incredibly appealing.