A fine and rare stainless steel and tantalum automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 1500TT
    Movement No: 442'033
    Case No: D81094, 73
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Stainless steel and tantalum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2140, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Tantalum and stainless steel Audemar Piguet bracelet, max length 175 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Audemars Piguet concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch and its subsequent sale 1997 in Hong Kong

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aesthetically speaking, the reference 1500TT has an attractive appeal that is able to capture every watch collector's attention. With an attractive grey dial, the present watch is a perfect combination of sublime technical expertise and unmistakable appearance. Tantalum is a rare, hard and lustrous metal, which exhibits an alluring dark and stealthy luster.

    This metal has been named as such in reference to the Greek mythology’s “Torment of Tantalus” as it is extremely hard to work with. The watch is accompanied by an Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch and its subsequent sale 1997 in Hong Kong, making it a truly collectable example for collectors to own.

  • Maker Bio

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.


    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Ref. 1500TT
A fine and rare stainless steel and tantalum automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet

愛彼,「皇家橡樹」型號1500TT,精細及罕有,鉭金屬和精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針和日期,1997年製。附後補證書

1997
33.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 120,000 
€8,800-13,500
$10,000-15,400

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Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019