AP Royal Oak “Mini Jumbo” ref. 14700
Up or sale is this stunning Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, reference 14700 aka “Mini Jumbo” manufactured from 18k yellow gold and fitted to its rare 18k yellow gold Gay Frères manufactured bracelet. This reference was only in production for approx. one year and remains in an extremely well preserved condition. This 14700 has to be one of the rarest of Royal Oak references – You see, the 14700 was made at the start of the 1990s as a replacement for the 4100 reference, it’s also the model that precedes the 14790 reference. So once the 14790 was introduced to the market, these 14700’s were retired quickly – that’s why the 14700 reference is often referred to as the transitional Royal Oak and is therefor a watch with low production numbers which you will hardly find coming up for sale.
This AP Royal Oak “Mini Jumbo” 14700 is visually larger than the more common 14790, this is due to the thinner bezel and larger diameter of the dial (and at 7.2mm in height, it’s also extremely thin). That larger 28mm dial means that visually, this gold AP resembles more of the very first and classic Royal Oak Jumbo (the reference 5402 in 39mm) So due to this 14700’s visually larger appearance, but its slightly smaller case diameter of 37mm, this beauty is today best known as the “Mini Jumbo”. The ivory coloured “Petite Tapisserie” dial, as mentioned on the Extract from the AP Archives, is spotless with gold hour markers and gold hands. The gorgeous case with its integrated lugs is near new with very sharp angles and still perfect polished facets. The Gay Frères signed bracelet which integrates perfectly into the case remains in perfect condition with very little stretch and only a few hairline scratches to reveal that this beauty has been pre-loved.
This is a great opportunity to own a super rare Royal Oak. The watch and it’s ultra thin movement were serviced by Audemars Piguet in 2019, but recently we did another full check-up of the movement and she’s still performing according to those factory specs. This AP Royal Oak “Mini Jumbo” ref. 14700 G&F will be delivered with our 24 month warranty.
case number: 0XX
year of production: 1991
case diameter: 37MM
box and papers: Including original AP box, AP service box and Extract from the AP Archives.