Royal Oak, Ref. 14790 Tantalum and stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1990
Royal Oak, Ref. 14790
Tantalum and stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet
Calibre: cal. 2225 automatic, 36 jewels
Movement number: 428'235
Case: tantalum and stainless steel, back secured by 8 screws
Case number: D83'443, n°022
Closure: tantalum and stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Audemars Piguet presentation case and outer packaging
MVT: is running at the time of cataloging. The date is advancing.
CASE: is in fair and attractive condition. It presents some visible wear with scratches, dents and dings. The bracelet is in fair condition with scratches throughout.
DIAL: is in very good condition with minute blemishes.
Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
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 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.