83 Audemars Piguet Highly Exclusive and Sought-After, Royal Oak, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, With Anthracite Dial, Reference 14790SA

Estimate: €10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Sold €15,600

Model: Royal Oak
Reference: 14790SA
Case Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Year: 1994
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 2125
Case N°: N° 902, D43264
Movement N°: 401250
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives, Box and 2 Additional Links

The Royal Oak represented a real novelty in the Audemars universe as it was the brand’s first true sporting pride. It was the first luxury watch in steel with integrated bracelet and since its inception was produced in a variety of materials including full gold, platinum, tantalum, and often embellished with precious stones. The versatility of the Royal Oak helped make it a model adored by the brand’s elite clientele. The lot here offered is a very nice specimen of the smaller diameter model reference 14790SA manufactured in steel and gold. Withstanding the challenge of time, the Royal Oak is an iconic model that has helped Audemars Piguet through the period of the “Quartz Crisis”. The present watch features its iconic octagonal-shaped bezel secured by eight visible hexagonal screws in yellow gold, while the rest of the case is in stainless steel. The bracelet is two-tone as well with the inner links in gold. The gray anthracite tapisserie dial is iconic for the Royal Oak, with applied baton indexes in gold, date aperture at 3 o’clock and baton hands. Offered in very nice conditions, the watch also comes with its box and two additional links.