View full screen - View 1 of Lot 51. Royal Oak Offshore, Ref. 25894BA Possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1997 | 愛彼25894BA型號「Royal Oak Offshore」黃金鑲鑽石計時鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1997,可能為獨一無二.
51

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak Offshore, Ref. 25894BA Possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1997 | 愛彼25894BA型號「Royal Oak Offshore」黃金鑲鑽石計時鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1997,可能為獨一無二

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 200,000 CHF

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak Offshore, Ref. 25894BA Possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1997 | 愛彼25894BA型號「Royal Oak Offshore」黃金鑲鑽石計時鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1997,可能為獨一無二

Royal Oak Offshore, Ref. 25894BA Possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1997 | 愛彼25894BA型號「Royal Oak Offshore」黃金鑲鑽石計時鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1997,可能為獨一無二

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 200,000 CHF

Live auction begins in:

Live auction begins in:

3 days, 20 hours

3 days, 20 hours

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak Offshore, Ref. 25894BA

Possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set chronograph wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1997

愛彼25894BA型號「Royal Oak Offshore」黃金鑲鑽石計時鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1997,可能為獨一無二


Dial: diamond-set

Calibre: cal. 2226 automatic, 54 jewels

Movement number: 449'746

Case: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set, back secured by 8 screws

Case number: E1'337, 1

Closure: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Audemars Piguet Royal Oak bracelet and double-folding clasp

Dimensions: 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 205 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: no  

Accessories: none

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing, the chronograph working and the date advancing.

CASE: in fair condition. There is visible wear and oxidation throughout, including some scratches and dings to the bezel. The bracelet is in good condition with some wear and light warping.

DIAL: in good condition with some minor surface blemishes visible with the naked eye. There appears to be a fine oily sheen visible when looking at it from an angle. The hands with minor surface marks.


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.


Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


"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."

In 1993 Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore, a new, bulkier version of the classic Royal Oak model. It has held a special place in the enthusiast's collections since then.

This Reference 25894BA is a very important example. It was produced upon a special or personalized order by Audemars Piguet. The heavy gold case and bracelet as well as the dial are decorated with pavé-set diamonds. While most of the watch has brilliant-cut diamonds, the links of the bracelet are adorned by baguette diamonds. In total, there are no less than 682 diamonds weighing approximately 18.5 carats.

This impressive and early E series piece is numbered "1" on the case back. It was made in 1997, just 4 years after the original launch of the Offshore.

The year before, Audemars Piguet released the Reference 25721BA "The Beauty" (as opposed to the stainless steel Beast). Apart from the magnificent diamond decoration, the 25894BA sets itself apart by its use of a gold crown and chronograph pushers, as opposed to the standard rubber ones, demonstrating the determination of the brand to produce a piece that would only be made of precious metals. 

Carefully stored for many years, the gold has developed an attractive patina and some oxidation for the delight of the enthusiast's eyes. 

Finding an original factory fully decorated Royal Oak Offshore bracelet watch is an important discovery and an exceedingly rare opportunity for a serious collector.