Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak 14790PT | Mid-size | platinum

No. 002

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Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak 14790PT | Mid-size | platinum

No. 002

Regular price

It’s been 45 years since the creation of the original Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and this now classic piece, is more popular than ever. First unveiled by Audemars Piguet in the 1970s and designed by Gerald Genta, who incidentally designed the Patek Philippe Nautilus, amongst others, the Royal Oak has become a cultural icon due to its distinctive features, and its role as a pioneer for high-end luxury sports watches.

The early 1970s was a time of great change within the watch industry, where the concept of a luxury watch in steel was a truly revolutionary idea. A mid-size version of the Royal Oak was first produced in the 1980s, as an alternative to the ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak ref. 5402, with a reduced diameter of 36mm (over 39mm). As with all Audemars Piguet Royal Oak examples, the mid-size Royal Oak design features an integrated case and bracelet, with angular, beveled and polished edges, famously penned by Gerald Genta.

This platinum, time-only Royal Oak ref. 14790PT is a rare variation of the mid-size design. Platinum was used scarcely by Audemars Piguet, usually reserved for limited editions or short runs of special pieces, with platinum Royal Oak watchesacross all configurations, existing in few examples. This specific watch is numbered '002' on the caseback, indicating that it was the second example of the model produced.

The polished screws, bezel and case edges fantastically contrast with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet. At 36mm in diameter, and only 7.5mm thick, this 14790PT case is a beautiful twist of perspectives and size. Thanks to the slim profile of the case and bracelet, it hugs the wrist, in a way that is both supremely comfortable, yet distinctively elegant and characterful. 

The weight of the platinum case and bracelet gives a satisfying heft to the overall watch, with deep hallmarks on the back of the case and bracelet. The clasp itself is made out of white gold and features the hallmark of famed bracelet maker Gay Frères, who made bracelets for the original Nautilus and Royal Oak. The outer-case back correctly displays the unique serial number (D-170XX) of the watch, consistent with a production date during the 1990s. 

This platinum, mid-size Royal Oak 14790PT features a slick, matte blue dial with diamond-set hour markers. Interestingly, it also has stick hour and minute hands, a feature which can be found on other precious metal Royal Oaks, such as the elusive 5402BC in white gold. The slick dial, with the absence of the tapisserie pattern, and diamond-set markers complements the precious metal of the case.

This mid-size Royal Oak is powered by the ultra-thin AP caliber 2225, derived from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s JLC 889 calibre movement. Formed of 280 components, the 40-jewel movement is rhodium-plated, with fausses côtes embellishment.

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Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak 14790PT
Movement: mechanical automatic AP Caliber 2225
Functions: date, hours, minutes
Features: slick blue and diamond-set dial; stick hands; 
Case: 36 mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire
Bracelet: stainless steel AP and Gay Frères-stamped bracelet
Year: 1990s
Box & papers: Archive Extract
This Audemars Piguet Mid-size Royal Oak 14790PT is in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. The case and bracelet are excellently finished, with angular, beveled, polished and granular surfaces, with virtually no imperfections. Both the case and bracelet are original to the watch, with appropriately corresponding signatures on the reverse. The watch features its original crown, with AP signature. The bracelet has virtually no stretch and has 19 links, including 7 removable ones. The 2225 calibre movement of this Royal Oak comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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