Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

This year Audemars Piguet released a new version of last year's Royal Oak Offshore Diver watch. The new version isn't too different, but now employs Audemars Piguet's forged carbon case. The special case material is produced in-house out of carbon thread that is heated and compressed. The result is a very light and strong case material that suits the sporty look and performance of the ROO Diver very well.

I first covered the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver watch here. Later I was on a boat with Audemars Piguet and offered an additional piece with some lifestyle shots of the ROO Diver (and humor) here. Designed as a true dive watch with 300 meters of water resistance, the Royal Oak Diver in steel was a lovely, almost entry level Royal Oak Offshore model priced at about $15,000.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

In forged carbon, the Royal Oak Diver changes a bit and goes up in price. More seasoned AP fans will certainly enjoy this - even in addition to the steel model. Audemars Piguet ups the sport theme of the piece with the black dial mixed with yellow elements such as the minute hand. This look hearkens back to one of the original forged carbon watches - which was the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Forged Carbon that many people nicknamed the Bumble Bee. You can see how these two watches exist in the same family.

As you know, non-chronograph versions of the Royal Oak Offshore aren't too common. The Diver is one of the few - so this is a good option for those looking for the Royal Oak Offshore theme with a more simple dial. The case is 42mm wide but wears larger. It isn't too thick coming in under 14mm (for a watch like this that is). Unlike the steel version, the forged carbon diver has a black ceramic bezel, but it does have a metal caseback. Which model do you prefer?

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Forged Carbon Watch Hands On   hands on

While the tones of the dial feel darker on the forged carbon model, it is still very legible. The darker tones of the case have enough texture and finishing differences for the watch to still look interesting - perhaps even more interesting than the steel cased version. Of course the dial still has that inner rotating bezel that is controlled by the crown located at 10 o'clock.

On the wrist, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver feels like a solid watch and is lighter in weight than the steel version. The attached rubber strap is fantastic, but should be for the price. Inside the watch is the same Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120 automatic movement. Not sure about the price but it is over $20,000.

22 comments
orangedoxa
orangedoxa

World's most expensive manhole cover.  Someone call the department of public works.  I think they're missing some lids downtown.

nateb123
nateb123

I've never been a fan of the Royal Oak.  The bezel has always been the only part of the design that draws me in because an interesting shape that is so nicely polished and beveled but then the rest of the case and bracelet looks so rough in comparison.  Not to mention is looks ghastly when put on a rubber or leather strap.  I know its iconic but as its aged and other designs like it have come around, it's become more obviously dated, like a Nautilus and an Hublot had a bastard child.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

There are some nice looking Royal Oaks out there. But this is not one of them IMO. Perhaps it looks better in person. The CF case just looks scuffed and the waffle pattern on the dial is overly large to my eye. Bezel, case and badn - all different materials. Looks disjointed and lacks the visual harmony of other Royal Oaks.

 

I'm sure it's functional,but then again why risk losing a $20K watch to the bottom of the ocean?

KennieElerby
KennieElerby

Something about a dive watch that's made from forged carbon is a bit to much for me. I would love to see the entire case done in the black ceramic. That would be interesting...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

An intriguing material.  I prefer the way it looks compared with carbon fibre.  I'd like to know if there's any chance of chipping/scratching this material with regular use.

JayCFoster
JayCFoster

@aBlogtoRead forged carbon Rocks, Would have been nice if buckle was black // also bumble bee yellow could have been Volcano orange

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Love the forged carbon - have not seen anything new with it recently, so it's good to see they are still evolving with the material.

 

That said, I'm in thwe majority in the poll, and would not pay $20k+ for this watch. I have 300m dive watches, nothing new there, as was alluded to, I just don't see the "ROO" in a non-chronograph model.

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@JayCFoster the of course have chrono Offshores like that

AA_AlMutawa
AA_AlMutawa

@aBlogtoRead yes it is..always a fan of AP. But I have a question for you Adams. What the best watch you choose for travelling?

JayCFoster
JayCFoster

@aBlogtoRead yeah the Las Vegas Strip or Marcus to my knowledge // Volcano as well but the diver would look amazing……

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@AA_AlMutawa you want 100 or 1000 options? Lol. Depends on what functions you like.

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@JayCFoster AP is always a safe bet of course. Nice stuff always that looks good for the long term.

JayCFoster
JayCFoster

@aBlogtoRead No I was offered by the distributer to buy the black one. Tested it, but the closer I looked at the price…. I saw a RG AP…!:)

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@JayCFoster Yea, they are cool. I have yet to strap their new stuff on my wrist. Good eye seeing the black one.

JayCFoster
JayCFoster

@aBlogtoRead Oh and to our discussion before I think I might have a new favorite. AP Messi in Steel….. A little Offshore touch to the RO!

JayCFoster
JayCFoster

@aBlogtoRead I even think that I recall you did a review on the opera watch?!?? Beautiful timepiece!

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@JayCFoster Perhaps. I have been curious about Manufacture Royale for a while.

AA_AlMutawa
AA_AlMutawa

@aBlogtoRead mmm..not a fan of Ulysse in general..but I will check

aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@AA_AlMutawa so many options. All GMT, world time, or dual time pieces Are options. Check out Ulysse Nadrin dual time movements.

AA_AlMutawa
AA_AlMutawa

@aBlogtoRead hahaha,true :p I was going2send u an email about this. Automatic,dual time,lightweight,no leather,tough,sleek.no Rolex,Omega?

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