Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands On   hands on

It is a little hard for me to believe that it has been about four years since the launch of the original Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver back in 2010. When we debuted the diver in steel we were excited to not only bring you the very first legitimate diver's watch by Audemars Piguet, but we loved the new design for the Royal Oak Offshore that offered the spirit of the Offshore collection in a three-hand dial. Later we got a bit more hands-on with the Royal Oak Offshore Diver after enjoying it on a boat with AP - that was a fun time. From there, Audemars Piguet continued to evolve the Diver with new colors and materials.

In 2012, the steel case of the Royal Oak Offshore got supplemented with an Audemars Piguet forged carbon case. This was the "bumblebee" look that went with a similar Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. In 2013, Audemars Piguet added ceramic to the list of case materials for the Royal Oak Offshore Diver with a black ceramic and orange model. For 2014, we get the Royal Oak Offshore Diver in white ceramic with blue.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands On   hands on

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands On   hands on

I've never been shy about my love of white watches, so predictably I really like this new more summery ROO Diver in a more light tone. Yes, it is true that white watches look great on women, but that is when they are mixed with more feminine cases. In my opinion, you can tastefully take an otherwise masculine men's watch, produce it in white, and it will still look very cool. I think over the last few years more and more guys are keen on wearing white watches, and with options like this I can totally understand why. That isn't to say that all white men's watches are a success. In 2012, we brought you a hands-on look at an Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph in steel and white. Apparently Omega decided never to produce it - that, we think is a shame.

We can certainly assure you that Audemars Piguet will produce this new ref. 15707CB.00.A010CA.01 Royal Oak Offshore Diver's watch in a stunning white ceramic and titanium case. The white is matte-finished so it isn't shiny, and the case back is in titanium. Notice anything else different? Don't worry if you didn't - you'd need to be a serious AP nerd to see that Audemars Piguet has finally outfitted the Royal Oak Offshore Diver with an exhibition case back. Even though this is a 300 meter water resistant diver, it always irked me that you couldn't see the movement... and now you can.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands On   hands on

37 comments
md2020repair
md2020repair

To be completely honest I really like this one for a summer watch. The only down fall for this one is the rose/gold hands. I think they should have made them in a blued steel to add a little more pop and a tad bit more blue. The white rubber strap is a little much for me. Other than that its a sweet watch. Im a owner of the original SS Diver and love it more than the day I bought it..

GBD
GBD

I like some ROO versions, but this white one misses the mark, I think.  It looks cheap, as others have mentioned. I remember when the use of ceramics in watches was new and exciting and the Swiss were gouging customers for it, but that was 7+ years ago. Can we finally get to the point where the Swiss use ceramics in a practical, value-driven package, instead of as a way to sell more silly limited editions and as an excuse to charge silly prices? I realize the answer is, and will probably always be, no.

PrestoMan
PrestoMan

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and at the end of the day as long as your watch makes you happy - I don't see the problem with any types of watches. However, in this case I can't imagine that the majority of the public can connect to the piece. It's safe to assume that Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak Offshore specifically) fans fall into a group of people who want a "big-boy" watch that goes beyond nice looks. Something that commands respect while providing an excellent movement. This watch provides top notch services from the technical perspective, the looks department, however, is definitely different from the overall image of AP in my opinion. This goes against the big portion of what AP ROO is about. 


At the same time, I'm certain there's a niche that will get fulfilled. I'm sure this watch will make a selected group of individuals very happy by providing them with an impeccable time piece that is different from the majority of the watches offered by AP. Overall, I'm glad that the brand is pushing the comfort zones of its fans. I believe AP uses tradition as the basis of production and utilizes modern philosophies to appeal to their target groups. As someone who can appreciate another's specific tastes, I respect that. Time pieces such as these will not result in the loss of respect for the brand since more traditional options are available and at the same time the new piece will attract new fans.

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

I see that Audemars Piguet are making much more mistakes with their RO than Vacheron Constantin with their Overseas or Patek Phillipe with their Nautilus. All three started from almost same point, but RO came to 1000 crappy cheap looking Hublotovictas.

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Looks like 60$ plastic Casio. This kind of material should use different specific approach, not just take AP RO and change steel for plastic.. sorry, ceramic.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

This white watch is getting a lot of comments...bringing to mind Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.".

Frauss
Frauss

It will go very well with my all-white shoes in Ft. Lauderdale.

ZL
ZL

Could be mistaken for a Baby-G.

Abu Rose
Abu Rose

This white ceramic AP diver does not cross the finish line. It looks neither classy for the pedigree nor rugged for the maritime function it professes. It would have been far better and organic in stainless steel case which would have complemented the white dial and blue accents marvelously. And for those of us who are not downsizing our fries yet, please bring it in an additional 44mm size.  

As for the caliber, AP’s movements are notoriously accurate. Yes, all things equal, the higher the frequency, the less sensitivity the escapement is to external mechanical disturbances and hence the accuracy. However, all things are not equal and the reason why we do not see 20 HZ watches are the technical difficulties stemming from friction/lubrication and power issues. Some brands are even going lower to 1 HZ like the Gronefeld One Hertz Classic and the Antoine Martin Slow Runner that has an hypnotic 24 mm balance wheel.

star42
star42

I have nothing against white watches personally. But I can't help but notice the stigma that comes along with wearing white watches: They are either hipsters, feminine, or are seen as cheap plastic watches. I know these are generalizations/stereotypes, but seeing that watches these days are as much about telling time as a reflection of ones persona, I'm not sure I would like to be associated with any of the aforementioned preconceptions. 


Having said that this is as beautiful as white watches come. With a fantastic design that is the RRO Diver you can play around with the aesthetic plenty and still come away with a winning product. Having worn the steel version though I find it hard-pressed not to choose the original. And as Ariel said, the rubber-strap has to be seen and touched in-person to believe. It is that great. The choice of blue is a good one also.

MarcTravis
MarcTravis

Like many of the other commenters, this doesn't do anything for me. I've personally never been a fan of the ROO line, but if I was forced to wear one (thank goodness I'm not), this might be the last one I'd choose. It looks like a kids watch.

D S Vilhena
D S Vilhena

Not sure about white being associated to girly stuff, but in my country white cars are largely associated to football (soccer) players. So AP might be tapping a new market.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak OffShore : the love child of a Linde Werdelin Octopus Moon Tattoo and a Hublot  Big Bang. When a horny octopus meets a big bang....

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

Nothing good comes from buying this way over valued MSRP wretched specimen.

MarkOs
MarkOs

So the hour markers and hands are white gold because it is corrosion resistant.

Exactly how much corrosion is going to take place sealed inside a watch with 300m water resistance?


Looks really cheap for a 20k watch,

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

You know those plastic pencil erasers?  It looks like it's made out of that.  Internal bezel ripped straight out of an IWC Aquatimer from the looks of it.  I also hate the waffle thing.  You want a watch to look a bit stylish, not borrow design cues from a manhole cover.  If it were inspired by a Japanese manhole cover, i'd like it much better.  The hour hand looks like a sunflower seed.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

Meh - They all look like a waffle iron screwed to a stop sign to me anyway, so here's an all white version of the same old shi... with expensive ceramic masquerading as plastic.  For me, it's a NO on every level.

JasonDunn
JasonDunn

I think white ceramic on a watch would be cool to wear if the watch looked like it were designed for Stormtroopers.  Otherwise it looks like the watch equivalent of costume jewelry.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Looks like a Gucci

phb
phb

Re. the 3 vs 4Hz debate, it reminds me of the time I found out that the PP Nautilus does not hack! Then shortly after while doing some reading about the same Nautilus I remember reading a comment from someone at PP who said, well if we wanted it to hack, it would hack! Pure marketing gimmick or not, enough said!

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I have an all-white G-Shock, and I wear it. Not all the time, but I do - the beach, etc. The only difference between this watch and my G-Shock is that this one is automatic, my G-Shock has 8 zillion times the functionality, and a $23,800 delta in pricing. Oh, the AP can go 100m deeper than my G. 


Not a fair comparison? I've seen pictures here, not 'hands on' but if this article told me the watch was plastic, I wouldn't blink. White ceramic is this cool idea that always ends up looking like plastic. 


And, for all that money they couldn't engineer a friggin' ceramic bracelet to go with it? Please. 


Ariel, you're a month and a half early on April fool's. 

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

I might like this watch if I had a George Hamilton IV tan.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Sure would be nice if it did not look like plastic. I'm sure its a fine watch and perhaps it looks more substantial in person. But as it, it looks like a Swatch homage to a Royal Oak. I like the not produced Speedmaster a whole lot more.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Abu Rose There seems to be a common misconception (as I have seen your statement made a number of times by others), but the Gronefeld One Hertz, despite the name has a 21,600 bph balance (3 Hz).  

The seconds hand is a "dead beat" mechanism which uses what amounts to a secondary escapement which advances the seconds hand only every third balance cycle. Think of how a jumping hour hand works. Now think of a jumping seconds hand and you've got it conceptionally. 

So just like this AP train wreck, the Gronefeld One Hertz also runs at 3 Hz.

General statement: slower balances allows watches to have a greater power reserve (all other thing being equal). But this AP at 60 hours isn't that great considering its 3 Hz speed.

Sorry to sound so anal about the Gronefeld, but I was briefed by Tim and Bart last year at BaselWorld and I studied their tech drawing until I understood how it really works. Cool piece of engineering.

Cheers.

marbstiu
marbstiu

@star42  The all-white design only matches a tennis uniform

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@Kris C dear Kris your comparison reminds me with my one : there is no difference basically between a 17 and an 57 years old woman . Just a few things. I do not consider this watch something extraordinary not because the engine but of the plastic look like. They are trying to keep up with the rest of the herd using every kind of ceramics .This in my oppinion is a dead end like the neanderthalian man. Peace

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

I apologize for the put down. My wife and I just returned from a Caribbean  resort. Among the palm trees I saw a number of fleshy and hirsute Europeans with white watches. In that setting, white watches looked quite acceptable. In snowbound Eastern Ontario, uh, uh.

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

@MarkCarson  

Thank you for liking my comments. I may not be alone in my resentment of these

marques price gouging with stuffy new models, limited editions, in house calibers,

& other tactics to elevate already inflated costs, which are further shunted on consumers.

BIG CHRONO 

Abu Rose
Abu Rose

@MarkCarson @Abu Rose Mark, you are correct. The Gronefeld does beat at 21,600 vph (3HZ) as opposed to the 7,200 vph (1 HZ) of the Antoine Martin. Did they tell why they called it 1 HZ or was it a misnomer?

star42
star42

@marbstiu @star42 

Even though it is ceramic, I'd imagine it's still a rather heavy watch for Tennis....


MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Fraser Petrick I will believe that looks good when I see a full page ad in a watch magazine where AP tries to sell this white RO on a hairy, fleshy wrist (with a sunburn?). 

On the other hand (literally), a white watch in snowbound Ontario is just a Spec Ops stealth watch.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Abu Rose No, they did not. Catchy name though. Perhaps its because the seconds hand only moves once per second. But the watch definitely ticks 6 times per second (3 Hz).

I have not seen the Antoine Martin in person. I wonder if it feels like a spasmatic gyroscope on your wrist or not.

A bit off-topic for this post, but the Gronefeld brothers mentioned last year that they will have something new (as in a new movement) this year (2014).

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

@MarkCarson @Fraser Petrick Now you've gone and done it! You've blown my cover: that snowbound Ontario Spec Ops thing. I'll have to go back to being a retired teacher with a touch of osteo.

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