Audemars Piguet
"Tropical" Royal Oak | 14790ST | steel

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Audemars Piguet
"Tropical" Royal Oak | 14790ST | steel

Full Set & Manufacture service

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.

A mid-size Royal Oak

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. This example, the ref. 14790, was first produced in the early 1990s, 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 reference 14790 features an integrated case and bracelet, with angular, beveled and polished edges, famously penned by Gerald Genta.

In the same way Patek Philippe introduced a mid-size version of its emblematic Nautilus with the ref. 3800, Audemars Piguet did the same with the Royal Oak. In many ways, the reference 14790 is a scaled-down version of the original reference 5402, retaining many of the same features, such as the “Petite Tapisserie” dial, and overall proportions. 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 Royal Oak case is a beautiful twist of perspectives and size. Thanks to the slim profile of the case and bracelet, the ref. 14790 hugs the wrist, in a way that is both supremely comfortable, yet distinctively elegant and characterful. Collectors have noticed that on account of the unique case shape of the Royal Oak, the 14790ST wears much larger on the wrist than its dimensions would suggest.

"Tropical" dial

This ref. 14790 retains the more understated “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, forming the square and lozenge motif, as seen in earlier executions of the Royal OakNewer versions of the Royal Oak have since adopted AP’s bolder “Tapisserie Evolutive” dial pattern, less faithful to the original design. 

This example features a rare "tropical" dial, displaying deep brown colouration throughout, with tones of gold and bronze in certain lights. It is one of only a handful of examples to have emerged with this uniform brown dial coloration, with other notable examples having revealed similar characteristics.

The Movement

The Royal Oak 14790ST 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.

The Set

This Royal Oak 14790ST "Tropical" comes is accompanied by its original wooden box, Certificate of Origin and Guarantee and instruction manual. The watch has been serviced by Audemars Piguet in December 2019, with the service paperwork and box also accompanying the set. 

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.

Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Ref. 14790ST "Tropical"
Movement: mechanical automatic AP Caliber 2225
Functions: date, hours, minutes
Features: 'Tropical' dial
Case: 36 mm stainless steel
Crystal: sapphire front
Bracelet: stainless steel AP-stamped bracelet
Year: March 1996 (sold)
Box & papers: original wooden box, Certificate of Origin and Guarantee and instruction manual; Audemars Piguet service paperwork and box
This Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 14790 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 original bracelet has virtually no stretch and has 20 links, including 8 removable ones. The "tropical" dial features an even brown colouration, with slight darkening around the date indicator and lighter areas between 6 and 9 o'clock.

This 14790ST has been serviced by Audemars Piguet (in December 2019), which included a polish of the case and bracelet, replacement of the water-tight seals and replacement of the movement. As a result, it comes with the manufacturer's service warranty of 2 years and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity 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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