AUDEMARS PIGUET | ROYAL OAK REFERENCE 15000TT TANTALUM AND STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CALENDAR BRACELET WATCH CIRCA 2000
ROYAL OAK REFERENCE 15000TT
TANTALUM AND STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CALENDAR BRACELET WATCH
Dial: grey tapisserie
Calibre: 2140, automatic
Movement Number: 443146
Case Number: D87432
Closure: Audemars Piguet bracelet and folding Audemars Piguet folding clasp
Dimensions: 33mm. diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 170mm
Signed: case, dial and movment
Accessories: Presentation box, Certificate of Origin & Guarantee
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Case & Dial are in excellent order
Movement: Running at the time of cataloguing but untested for timekeeping
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.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
Tantalum is a rare, hard metal which is quite an appealing dark colour. Tantalum is rarely found in watch manufacturing as it is notoriously difficult to work with, requiring high temperatures in order for it be be made at all malleable. Then again, it is proven to be a very strong substance and very resistant to corrosion.