View full screen - View 1 of Lot 521. Royal Oak, Ref. 14486TR Pink gold and tantalum wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1993 | 愛彼 14486TR型號「Royal Oak」粉紅金及鉭金屬鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1993.
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Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak, Ref. 14486TR Pink gold and tantalum wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1993 | 愛彼 14486TR型號「Royal Oak」粉紅金及鉭金屬鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1993

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

7,000

to
- 9,000 CHF

Property from the family of the original owner

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak, Ref. 14486TR Pink gold and tantalum wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1993 | 愛彼 14486TR型號「Royal Oak」粉紅金及鉭金屬鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1993

Royal Oak, Ref. 14486TR Pink gold and tantalum wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1993 | 愛彼 14486TR型號「Royal Oak」粉紅金及鉭金屬鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1993

Estimate:

7,000

to
- 9,000 CHF

Current bid:

12,000

CHF

(6 bids, reserve met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

6 days, 12 hours

6 days, 12 hours

May 12, 02:00 PM (GMT)

May 12, 02:00 PM (GMT)

Property from the family of the original owner

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak, Ref. 14486TR

Pink gold and tantalum wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1993

愛彼 14486TR型號「Royal Oak」粉紅金及鉭金屬鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,年份約1993


Dial: grey

Calibre: cal. 2151 automatic, 19 jewels

Movement number: 366'619

Case: 18k pink gold and tantalum, back secured by 8 screws

Case number: C77'240, 197

Closure: 18k pink gold and tantalum Royal Oak bracelet and stainless steel folding clasp

Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 200 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: yes  

Accessories: Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, pouch and travel case


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

CASE: in good and attractive condition retaining sharpness to the edges and crisp engravings on the back. There is noticeable wear throughout, such as scratches and dings to the bezel, band and lugs. The watch may have received a light polishing at some point. The bracelet in fairly good condition with tight links and noticeable wear throughout.

DIAL: in very good condition 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.


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.

The present Royal Oak is cased in a rare material known as tantalum, a blue-grey metal with strengthened durability which matches perfectly the pink gold bezel and links. Audemars Piguet started using this special metal in their production in 1988, both for Royal Oak cases and bracelets. Difficult to work with, other brands quickly ceased using this material while Audemars Piguet went on to produce different Royal Oak models with various combinations such as pink gold and tantalum, yellow gold and tantalum, as well as tantalum and stainless steel. Tantalum has proven to be a suitable alternative for people with allergies to steel, does not change its color over time and also has a high resistance to acids. Due to its rather high density it also gives the watch a certain heft, similar to a full gold piece. 


The present lot was sold in 2004 at the Swiss ski resort Samnaun, just over ten years after its production. Not the most popular models at the time, they have gained interest and became more collectible over time, as the production numbers were kept rather low and it is estimated that only between 500 to 1’000 examples of this reference were produced. Offered from the family of the original owner, the present lot is accompanied by its Certificate of Origin, instruction manual and pouch.