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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Tantalum’ Ref. 14790TR


Pre-Owned Audemars Piguet 36mm Royal Oak ‘Tantalum’ Gray Dial, Integrated Tantalum and 18k Rose Gold Bracelet, Ref. 14790TR

This remarkable timepiece, circa 1990, has just returned from a factory service at Audemars Piguet, ensuring it will continue to run as smoothly as the day it was born, with the 2023 service papers included, as well as its original box, and hang tag. This Royal Oak features an unusual and striking 36mm tantalum case in a sharp and angular design that is a signature of the Royal Oak collection. The two-toned case features an unconventional combination of a rare material called tantalum and 18K rose gold. Tantalum is a material that is almost as heavy as platinum and it is more commonly used in aerospace and medical fields. This material is notoriously difficult to work with, but produces a watch that appears darker than stainless steel while also being stronger than black ceramic. It is a watch that begs to be seen in person.

Needless to say, the case is an impressive example of craftmanship as expected of Audemars Piguet, with a rose gold bezel, crown, and center links. The subtle contrast between both metals elegantly complements each other. The dial is also rather unusual.  While most Royal Oaks come with a tapisserie guilloche on the dial, this reference features a brushed slate grey dial with some slight texturing on the surface, which integrates with the overall watch.. The integrated bracelet is a harmonious blend of tantalum and 18k rose gold that showcases both strength and refinement. Fastening securely with a folding hidden clasp, it completes the ensemble with a touch of understated luxury. The watch is powered by the Audemars Piguet in-house and self-winding 2225 caliber movement, ensuring precise timekeeping that’s synonymous with the brand’s legacy of watchmaking excellence

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Additional information

Band Material

18k Rose Gold, Tantalum

Band Type



18k Rose Gold

Box and Papers

Box and Papers, Box, Service Papers


Audemars Piguet



Case Material


Case Size







Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





35mm – 39mm


Factory Warranty

Item ID0006302
Model #14790TR
Model NameRoyal Oak 'Tantalum'
Year Producedca. 1990
Serial Number3XXXX


Audemars Piguet, a name synonymous with luxury and precision in the world of horology, has a rich history that spans over a century and a half. Founded in 1875 by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet in the picturesque village of Le Brassus in the Swiss Jura Mountains, the company has become one of the most prestigious and innovative watch manufacturers in the world.

The founders’ vision was clear from the beginning: to create exceptional timepieces by combining traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. This commitment to excellence has been at the heart of Audemars Piguet’s success since its inception.

In the early years, Audemars Piguet focused on producing complex, high-quality pocket watches. The brand quickly gained recognition for its craftsmanship and precision. Their first groundbreaking achievement came in 1889 when they unveiled the world’s first minute-repeating wristwatch. This innovation set the stage for the company’s future as a pioneer in watchmaking.

The early 20th century saw Audemars Piguet continuing to push the boundaries of watchmaking. They introduced the world’s thinnest pocket watch with a perpetual calendar in 1907, followed by the smallest five-minute repeater movement in 1924. These achievements solidified their reputation for precision and innovation.

In 1934, Audemars Piguet introduced the first skeleton watch, showcasing their expertise in movement design and finishing. This iconic design element would become a hallmark of the brand’s aesthetic in the years to come.

The 1970s marked a turning point for the company with the release of the Royal Oak, designed by the legendary watch designer Gerald Genta. This stainless steel luxury sports watch defied conventions with its octagonal bezel, exposed screws, and integrated bracelet. At the time, luxury watches were typically made of precious metals, but the Royal Oak’s bold design and high-quality craftsmanship reshaped the industry. It became an instant icon and laid the foundation for the modern luxury sports watch category.

Building on the success of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993, a larger and more robust version of the original. It further expanded the brand’s appeal to a younger, more adventurous audience while maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Audemars Piguet’s commitment to innovation extended to its movements as well. In 2006, they unveiled the Royal Oak Concept, a watch that featured a groundbreaking case made from forged carbon. This material not only reduced the watch’s weight but also demonstrated the brand’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking materials.

Throughout its history, Audemars Piguet has continued to produce exceptional limited-edition and complicated watches. Their mastery of intricate movements, including perpetual calendars, tourbillons, and minute repeaters, has solidified their status as a true haute horlogerie manufacturer.

In addition to their technical prowess, Audemars Piguet has remained a family-owned company. This rare independence in the watch industry has allowed them to maintain their commitment to quality and craftsmanship while resisting the pressures of mass production.

Today, Audemars Piguet stands as a symbol of excellence in watchmaking, blending heritage and innovation. Their Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore collections remain highly sought after by collectors and watch enthusiasts around the world. The brand’s dedication to craftsmanship, artistic design, and technical innovation ensures its place among the most respected watch manufacturers in history.