In 1972, Audemars Piguet broke the inherent conventions of the traditional watchmaking industry and launched the Royal Oak series, which established Audemars Piguet’s legendary status. In 1989, designer Emmanuel Gueit was commissioned by Audemars Piguet to strive to design a larger watch that combines a variety of materials to show a distinctive sports design and extreme craftsmanship.
Emmanuel Gueit decisively chose a larger case size than the Royal Oak series-42mm, and used a large-sized rubber waterproof gasket visible on the outside to highlight the outstanding waterproof performance: this watch reached the waterproof sealing performance of all chronographs of the time The most-100 meters. To further highlight the characteristics of ‘Offshore’, Emmanuel Gueit boldly introduced rubber materials to make two chronograph push buttons, and wrapped the outside of the crown with rubber to improve the comfort during operation. In 1993, Audemars Piguet’s first Royal Oak Offshore was released. With its 42mm stainless steel case, externally visible waterproof gasket, chronograph function with tachymeter scale, and the highest waterproof performance (100 meters) of the chronograph at the time, this watch became the most luxurious sports watch. Innovative masterpiece. This article is to review ROO’s 25-year development history, which milestones have appeared, little by little accumulated into today’s full lineup of AP sports watch masterpiece.
1993: First offshoring
The first Royal Oak offshore watch set off a wave of large-size luxury watches around the world, setting a new standard for case size. Blue \\ ‘Petite Tapisserie \\’ small checkered decorative dial with date, small seconds and timing function display, outer ring with rangefinder scale, antimagnetic case, waterproof depth of 100 meters, equipped with Calibre 2126 / 2840 automatic winding movement.
Ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01 The center of the chassis is engraved with the \\ ‘Royal Oak Offshore \\’ logo and \\ ‘AUTOMATIC \\’, and the blue rubber material covers the push-button and screw-in crowns, regardless of It was a large-sized design or the use of innovative materials, which were all at the time
1997: first complication
Four years after the launch of the Royal Oak Offshore, the first complication of the Royal Oak Offshore Perpetual Calendar came out. Equipped with Calibre 2126/2840 self-winding movement, the design of the dial is the same as that of the first Royal Oak offshore watch: the blue \\ ‘Petite Tapisserie \\’ small checkered decorative dial combines chronograph function with perpetual calendar The various displays of the display are perfectly combined, the moon phase at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour timer and the day of the week at 6 o’clock, the 30-minute timer, leap year and month at 9 o’clock, and the small seconds and date at 12 o’clock. Equipped with Calibre 2126/2840 self-winding movement.
Ref. 25854ST. The design of the dial is the same as that of the first offshore watch. The complete distribution of the time information and the deep color add a calm atmosphere.
1999: First limited edition ‘End of Days’
In 1999, due to the request of the film ‘End of Days’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Audemars Piguet launched the first limited edition of the Royal Oak offshore model-Royal Oak Offshore End of Days limited edition chronograph. This chronograph uses a black PVD-treated stainless steel case, limited to 500 pieces, and raised $ 1 million for the charity \\ ‘After-School All-Stars \\’.
Ref. 25770SN. Black PVD-treated stainless steel has a domineering appearance, and it is Audemars Piguet’s first Royal Oak offshore limited edition watch, very precious
2002: Unique rubber bezel
In 2002, Audemars Piguet applied rubber, a non-traditional watchmaking material, for the first time to the production of the main parts of a watch. Starting with the first Royal Oak offshore watch, rubber has been used in the production of crowns and chronograph pushers. The Ref. 25940SK model opens a new chapter in the main component of rubber bezels. , The first achievement in the watchmaking industry.
Ref. 25940SK. The most special feature of this model is the material, which is the first time that the brand has used non-traditional watchmaking materials: rubber is used in series watches, including rubber parts can be seen in the crown and bezel.
2008: New upgrade ‘Survivor’
In 2008, Audemars Piguet was equipped with a new calibre Calibre 3126/3840 for the Royal Oak offshore ‘Survivor Survivor’ watch, limited to 1,000 pieces. This self-winding chronograph movement is more stable and has a longer power reserve, and has been used in Royal Oak offshore 42mm and 44mm chronographs since this year. The ‘Survivor Survivor’ watch incorporates a variety of new materials such as titanium, forged carbon, black ceramic and rubber. It is used for the manufacture of various external parts of the case, making it the most innovative Royal Oak offshore watch One of the representative models.
Ref. 26165IO. Whether it is external or internal, this model is the focus of the Royal Oak offshore model. It is equipped with the new Calibre 3126/3840 movement, which doubles the performance.
In addition to the most common timing functions, Audemars Piguet launched the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Dive Watch with a water resistance of 300 meters in 2010, which has become the most waterproof and sealed model in this series. This diving watch is certified according to ISO 6425. It uses an internal rotating bezel operated by a 10-point crown to record diving time, and increases the thickness of parts such as waterproof gaskets, cases, sapphire mirrors, and hexagonal screws on the bezel. Lock up and down with the bottom cover screw to ensure the seal performance of the watch to the maximum.
Ref. 15703ST. The first royal diving watch with a water resistance of 300 meters, the inner bezel is rotated through the crown at 10 o’clock, the diving time is recorded, and the tightness is ensured by the precision screw design
2010: Visual watch bottom ‘Jarno Trulli’
In 2010, Audemars Piguet designed and launched a limited edition of 500 Royal Oak offshore Jarno Trulli chronographs for Italian F1 driver Jarno Trulli, featuring a forged carbon case, a cermet bezel, a titanium crown and a chronograph push button. As the first Royal Oak offshore watch with a visible case design, the sapphire crystal on the case back is printed with a red ‘Jarno’ signature and engraved with a limited number.
Ref. 26202AU. The design of the see-through bottom cover is the innovation highlight of this series in 2010, and the signature of racing driver Jarno Trulli makes the fans even more amazed.
2013: The big complication ‘Grande Complication’
Audemars Piguet has the most rigorous definition of Grande Complication: a watch with at least three functions of a perpetual calendar, a two-second follow-up chronograph and a minute repeater, can only be named as an Audemars Piguet complication watch . In 2013, Audemars Piguet launched the first Offshore Royal Oak’s first large complication watch. The Calibre 2885 movement of the Royal Oak Offshore is composed of 648 parts and requires more than 700 hours of work by the watchmaker to complete the manual retouching and three assembly.
Ref. 26571IO. For Audemars Piguet, the so-called big complex function is not just the name, but the solid content. Perpetual calendar, minute repeater and other functions are indispensable, challenging the limit of the watch
2016: Diving Timing
In 2016, Audemars Piguet introduced the first Royal Oak offshore diving watch with chronograph function, which features a colorful dial and strap design. The watch is equipped with a colorful rotating inner bezel, diving minute scale, small second hand and 30-minute chronograph display. The faceplate uses the ” Bi-compax ” horizontal symmetrical sub-dial, equipped with the Calibre 3124/3841 self-winding self-produced machine. The core has a power reserve of 50 hours, with a 42mm diameter stainless steel case and an anti-glare sapphire crystal case back.
Ref. 26703ST. The bright image is different from the solid texture of the Royal Oak in the past, and also adds a lively spirit. However, under the colorful appearance, it is also an uncompromising technique, adding a timing function to the series.
2018: Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Chronograph Reissue
After the introduction of the first Royal Oak offshore watch in 1993, this 42mm model has been launched in more than 120 styles, using a variety of case materials including stainless steel, titanium, gold and platinum. In 2018, in addition to re-engraving the first Royal Oak offshore automatic chronograph, a new watch series was also introduced, using stainless steel or 18K rose gold material, each limited to 50 pieces.
Ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01. Combining the past design with a new movement, the style is quite unique under the ancient and modern, especially the rubber-covered crown and the handles have a classic aftertaste.
2018: Tourbillon Chronograph
The design of the two new Royal Oak offshore tourbillon chronographs is inspired by the previous Royal Oak offshore tourbillon chronograph, equipped with a new movement specially designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Royal Oak offshore type. The bold use of innovative material combinations has always been a feature of Royal Oak offshore models. The new watch’s crown and handle are made of ceramic, replacing the previous metal or rubber materials.
Ref. 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01. The new design of the faceplate structure presents the beauty of the building. With a rose gold case and a black faceplate, it exudes luxurious temperament. This series is limited to 50 pieces, which has great collection value