The White Dial Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Navy Replica Watch continues its journey today. This is a watch that stays true to its roots but continues to evolve. It’s not just a thing of beauty to admire in a gilded cage. The second of which is the octagonal bezel, the signature Audemars Piguet Royal Oak shape influenced by the porthole on dive helmets. When Gerald Genta designed the first Royal Oak in the 1970s, the shape quite literally changed the face of the luxury sports watch.
Why select it above the Quartz, Tuxedo, or indeed, the Chronograph? With an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Navy 26170ST.OO.D305CR.01 on your wrist, you’re pretty much guaranteed to invoke envy when you walk into a room. This is why. The shape teamed with the larger case size and unusual materials such as rubber made it an instant hit. With Arnold Schwarzenegger. By 2000, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Navy Replica Watch had sold 100,000 Royal Oak watches.
It’s no secret that the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is one of the most coveted luxury watches in the world. What’s so special about this particular model?
For starters, it’s unabashedly masculine. At 42 mm it has that all-important wrist presence. Size does matter of course but it’s not everything. Wrist presence does not depend upon size alone. This watch has it for several reasons. In 1992, the first Royal Oak Offshore premiered.
There’s a date aperture at 3 o’clock. The small seconds subdial is at 12 o’clock, rather than the usual 6 o’clock. You’ll find a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute subdial at 9 o’clock. And a discreet but easily visible tachymetric scale on the inner bezel.
Then you’ve got the mega-tapisserie pattern on the white dial, and the oversized Arabic numeral hour markers. White gold Royal Oak hands have a luminescent blue coating.
The stainless steel case and the hexagonal screws toughen it up a little and make it feel like a serious sports watch, while the hand-stitched blue alligator leather bracelet with folding stainless steel clasp adds a little elegance to the mix. So you could carry it off at the yacht club or in the boardroom. The navy subdials and numerals against the crisp white of the dial are a nice, subtle nod to the nautical theme. It manages to be a number of things: powerful and statesmanlike but also attractive and elegant. The design elements complement each other. Everything is there for a reason, there’s no box ticking. But that’s Audemars Piguet for you.
Calibre 3126 powers the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica Watch 26170ST.OO.D305CR.01. It bears 365 parts and 59 jewels and beats at 3,00 Hz. The oscillating monobloc weight is 22 ct gold and bears the instantly recognisable Audemars Piguet lettering.
Start, stop and reset the chronograph hand using the pushpieces, which are crowned with navy rubber guards. Blue rubber also protects the screw-down crown. The watch is water resistant to 100 m.
In 2015, the RD1 was unveiled. This Royal Oak concept watch featured a fresh interpretation of the chime, which is thought to be the clearest to date.
For more Audemars Piguet watches as well as the latest additions to our pre-owned luxury watch collection. Or, if you can’t find the watch model you’re looking for, why not try our Watch Finder Service. And while we’re on the subject of lettering, it’s worth noting here that the solid caseback bears the Royal Oak Offshore inscription in the now iconic font. The bevels of the bridges are diamond-graved. Variable inertia blocks ensure accuracy regardless of whether you’re active or at rest. It has a power reserve of 50 hours.
Some would argue that Hublot’s Big Bang is very similar to the Audemars Piguet Replica Watch. But if you’re a self-confessed watch snob, Royal Oak probably wins. When it comes down to who did it first and which is the more exclusive and attractive watch, Audemars Piguet clinch it. Just.