Even though it was designed in a rush and introduced during the most antagonistic years the traditional watchmaking industry has ever met, Audemars Piguet’s octagonal Royal Oak has turned out to be one of the most appreciated timepieces of all times. Naturally, some watches are destined to become legends and so was the case with the Royal Oak Offshore. Today, every single new Royal Oak model launched by Audemars Piguet is acknowledged by all watch collectors as an instant sensation.
So what really makes the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore such a remarkable timepiece? For starters, Audemars Piguet has an outstanding history of crafting the finest and most innovative watches. And next there is the unique elegance and boldness specific to the Royal Oak design. Be advised that the Royal Oak is a highly exclusive watch and, literary, costs a fortune. It is not an ordinary timepiece and it truly takes a great man to wear one.
I invite you to run a quick comparison to determine how a good replica of the Royal Oak should look like. For this I have selected a model with Black Dial, Silver Case and Date. To be more specific, it is the Audemars Piguet with reference number 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01. The watch is quite large as it has a 42 mm stainless steel case. You will notice the distinctive octagonal bezel adorned with threaded screws. This type of bezel is one of the main reasons why the model became so popular with watch fans. It has a very rough, brushed look which makes it very appealing to self-confident contemporary men. It also has a sapphire crystal and a screw-locked crown and push pieces, sealed with rubber gaskets. These rubber seals enhance the water resistance of the watch up to 100 meters.
So these are the essentials of the original watch, but what about our replica? To be honest, up until now, our replica looks about right. It has the solid 440 stainless steel case of 42 mm, it features the same octagonal bezel fitted with threaded screws, the buttons on the right side are in the correct color, shape and size, but what this replica certainly does not have is the same water resistance. You can wash your hands while wearing it, but you may definitely not dive or swim with it.
Moving on, we take a look at the dial and we fell in love with the “Méga Tapisserie” pattern which beautifully dresses the dial of the watch. Both the Arabic numerals and hands are oversized and covered with a layer of luminescent coating to improve the legibility of the watch; whereas, the complications of this Royal Oak are represented by the three small white dials and by the round shaped Date window. The dial of this replica would be a perfect clone if it wasn’t for the small dials which are in the wrong color and have wrong indexes. To be more specific, these three counters should be white not black and should show 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours not 60 seconds, 60 minutes and 12 hours.
When you turn the original watch around, you see an octagonal solid stainless steel caseback secured with eight threaded screws. The brushed caseback is very simple and only has the following words engraved “AP Royal Oak Offshore Automatic”. The problem with the replica is that on the back it has the signature of Arnold Schwarzenegger and it also says “Limited Edition Quartz”. This is very incorrect as Arnold has never put his signature on the 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01 Audermars Piguet or on any similar looking watch. His most known limited edition Royal Oak watches are The Legacy and T3.
The authentic Royal Oak comes with a wide integrated black rubber strap with an elegant and easy to use buckle, while the material is textured and has the perfect thickness. Unfortunately, our replica fails again. It comes with the incorrect strap, made out of crocodile black leather with white stitches on the outer parts. Still, the buckle looks good and has the proper authenticity markings.
While this replica of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with Date looks very nice and it would make a beautiful addition to any watch collection, we can’t help but notice and disapprove the numerous inaccuracies in replicating the original design. The many flaws we have identified so far make us reconsider our purchasing decision and force us to search for a better knockoff.
Last modified: November 17, 2013