Introduced in 1993, the cheap Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore was a bold and divisive watch, so much so that Gerald Genta, who designed the original Royal Oak, reportedly invaded the Audemars Piguet booth when it was unveiled at Basel and shouted that his Royal Oak “had been completely destroyed.” Later, the first Royal Oak Offshore Diver was introduced in 2010, and it was replica Audemars Piguet watches first ISO-certified dive watch. Since its inception, it has undergone a couple of iterations, but last year’s was probably the most radical, as it was introduced in an assortment of bright, “funky” colors. It’s pretty obvious that Audemars Piguet is perfectly aware that these watches are bound to be polarizing, with people asking, “Why would anyone pay $20k for a bright orange AP diver?” The answer is simple—because they like it, find it fun, and can afford it. Audemars Piguet know they have a strong customer base, and fresh, new offerings keep them coming back.
While last year’s new additions were bright—almost neon—this year’s new AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE MEN’S BEIGE GRANDE TAPISSERIE DIAL 26400SO.OO.A054CA.01 WATCHES variations are milder. The four new colors joining the collection are turquoise blue, purple, beige, and khaki. Though they’re not dull by any means, they’re a bit more subdued, especially when compared to last year’s releases.
The main ingredients of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver remain unchanged. The stainless steel case is 42mm wide and 14.1mm. On the octagonal bezel are exposed octagonal screws made out of white gold. There are two large rubber-clad screw-down crowns—one at 3 o’clock and another at 10 o’clock. The former is for adjusting the time and date, while the latter is for adjusting the internal dive bezel. All four models come with comfortable matching rubber straps with stainless steel pin buckles. As befits a true dive watch, water resistance is 300m.
Like other Royal Oak Offshore Diver watches, these new watches are beefy and muscular, and they wear large on the wrist. If that’s not enough, the bright colors will certainly cause surrounding people to take notice. If you want a Replica Audemars Piguet Watches that is going to get noticed, I can think of few watches that do a better job standing out so prominently. That being said, the actual construction of the watch is also superb. The case is especially well made, with clean and sharp lines through and through, alternate polishes on the surfaces, and perfectly beveled edges on the bezel and on the sides of the case. Despite this being a big watch, the exquisite finishing gives the Royal Oak Offshore Diver a diaphanous air that is often missing in many dive watches.
The dial is no less impressive. The colors are rich and vivid, and although the ‘Mega Tapisserie’ pattern isn’t quite as delicate the as the ‘Petite Tapisserie’ pattern found on the Ref. 15202 Royal Oak Jumbo, it is still beautiful to behold. To ensure legibility whilst diving, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver has thick hour and minute hands and hour markers, all made out of white gold and filled with luminescent material. The seconds hand, also made out of white gold, has a fat lollipop tip to make it easy for divers to see if their watches are still running.