Audemars Piguet did the unbelievable with the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993. The watch was presented at the Baselworld Expo and just like the Royal Oak in 1972, it was deemed unsuccessful and reckless. A few years later, the watch boomed onto the international markets and the rest is history. The first reference in these Audemars Piguet watches for men
was the ‘Beast’. The timepiece was a behemoth with a 42mm case and a 16mm thickness. It had a visible gasket between the bezel and case, it had rubber outers for the crown and the chronograph pushers, and it consisted of anti-magnetic properties for the movement.
Today, the Royal Oak Offshore is a much more refined reflection of its past. There are various iterations of this legendary watch that have seen the light in recent years. Timepieces from this collection today sport a number of features including a water resistance of 100 meters, a 44mm case, a date display and a reduced case thickness of 14.4 mm. On the movement front, the watches use the Calibre 3126/3840, a movement that is developed by Audemars Piguet itself rather than the earlier Jaeger LeCoultre movements.
Some marvellous references in the Royal Oak Offshore collection are:
• Reference 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01
• Reference 26400IO.OO.A004CA.01
• Reference 26470OR.OO.1000OR.01
Some other brilliant watches from Audemars Piguet you should not miss:
• Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
• Audemars Piguet Millenary