Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790 'Salmon'

Museum Piece
The mid-size ref.

The mid-size ref. 14790 is one of our favorite Royal Oak models and this ultra-rare salmon variety just leaves us dead in the water.

The 14790 Royal Oak was launched by Audemars Piguet in 1992. At 36 mm, this mid-size Royal Oak is more wearable than the full-size ‘Jumbo’. Don’t be fooled by its dimensions though, it wears a bit larger due to the Royal Oak’s iconic angular case design.

Some of the most collectible watches ever made feature salmon dials as they are usually reserved for special orders from even more special clients. Well, it really is no different for the ref. 14790. While a few salmon dial 14790s have come to market, these were never factory delivered as such by Audemars Piguet. Instead, these pieces only exist because Audemars Piguet allowed a few privileged clients to order such a rare dial for a 14790 they already owned, making this model an ultra-rare subset of an already rare category of watches.

What more is there to say other than that this 14790 is in excellent condition with a razor sharp case and bracelet? Oh yeah, get it before it’s truly and well gone!

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Audemars Piguet has a storied history of producing high-complication watches. It all started in 1875, when Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Le Brassus, Switzerland. This pure, rough and wild landscape, with deep, dark forests, ice-cold waters and the omnipresence of rocks and hills, provided inspiration and raw materials for the Swiss watch manufacture to develop the finest watches. Since its inception, Audemars Piguet has specialized in rare, valuable and highly-complicated watches like perpetual calendars, chronographs and chiming watches. Nowadays, the emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.