Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

Please enjoy the original article below by Meehna Goldsmith - a watch matchmaker. She calls Los Angeles home but travels the world spreading the horologic gospel and finding people their perfect watch match. She contributes to publications such as the Financial Times, American Express Magazines, Robb Report Watch Collector, International Watch, and as the U.S. correspondent for HH Magazine, the publication of the Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie.You can visit her on her website www.meehnagoldsmith.com.

Audemars Piguet expands their Royal Oak Offshore line with the introduction of the Diver. While other Royal Oak Offshore models were built to endure your sporty adventures, there hadn’t been one that could accompany you underneath the sea. With the Diver, AP’s remedies that situation.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

AP takes a cool, minimalist approach to its diver with just the essentials of time, date and a bezel to keep track of your dive time. They are quite capable of wowing us with complications but while you’re fish gazing and marveling at the wild plant forms swaying below, you don’t have a lot of need for those fancy extras. AP made the right choice in keeping this dive watch simple and functional.

The baton hands are thick and prominent against the black “Méga Tapisserie” pattern that has become AP’s signature in the ROO collection. Ensuring visibility in the inky depths, the hands as well as the hour markers have a generous coating of lume on them. It’s worth noting that the hour and minute hands are made out of white gold, which is a sumptuous detail typical of the brand.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

The majority of dive watches choose an outer unidirectional bezel to mark dive periods. AP went with an inner rotating bezel, which not only keeps the shapely octagonal case intact but also provides a more secure solution. You don’t want an accident or miscalculation when you’re a long way from a breath of fresh air. Unscrewing the crown at 10 o’clock operates the inner rotating dial ring with increments demarcated at five-minute intervals.

Characteristic of the Offshore collection, metal - in this case, stainless steel - intermingles with rubber in the molded crowns and strap. The overall look is athletic and sleek with a profile of only 13.75mm. The black-and-gray color combination also gives it a versatility that can wear from completely casual to looking right at home in a more serious setting.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

Though this watch is built to take the punishment of sea and salt, Audemars Piguet put their premier in-house calibre 3120 inside, making this a very luxurious piece of diving equipment. It’s really a pity that you don’t get to see the beautiful swoops, curves and hand finishing that went into this automatic movement. In order to maintain water resistance, dive watches of necessity need a solid case back. Still, it’s not surprising that a classy operation like Audemars Piguet didn’t budge on their standards because they know what ticks inside–and so will you.

But then again, AP is known for making waves, if you’ll forgive the unintentional pun. Back in 1972, they introduced the Royal Oak, which is the Offshore’s progenitor. The Royal Oak established the category of high-end sports watch and brought a new sheen and panache to the formerly frowned upon stainless steel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch   watch releases

The Diver meets all Swiss watch industry norms as well as international requirements for diving with a depth rating to 300 meters. Most people wear a dive watch for the sporty looks and because they have an appreciation of the technical achievement. They don’t often plunge to the depths of the ocean to check out the accuracy of the specs. However, if you want to test the Diver’s mettle, AP invites you to do so. On their website they show a world map of urban diving spots, helping you to plan your next underwater excursion.

Priced at $15,200, the Diver is by no means an inexpensive purchase. But AP delivers the goods with applicable function and style. Moreover, it’s powered by what’s considered one of the best automatic movements on the market, making their first entry into this category a real winner.

[Ed. note - I loved wearing and photographing this piece. A great dive watch. Simple good looks with AP quality. Like Meehna said, not cheap, but not still lower on the AP range of prices. Great daily wear.]

12 comments
Dieter
Dieter

nice review, nice watch.....
but why is the inner bezel only moving in increments of 5 minutes?

David
David

Meehna,
I really enjoyed your piece on the AP ROO Diver. I am back and forth between a RO Chrono dark navy dial and the Diver. I am 6' and 185lbs. and always thought the diver would be too big for me but when I tried it on, yes it was big, but really liked it.
As a daily driver and looking for a little, classy and understated pow. What are your thoughts? I realize this is personal and subjective, none the less I would like your opinion. Thank you, David

Watch Broker
Watch Broker

The watch is nice .. but.. I think im having a hard time looking at the dial.. its design makes it hard to see clearly the face..

Russ Schwenkler
Russ Schwenkler

@ Meehna Goldsmith,

Honestly I'd prefer no texture, or a very slight anisotropic (radial highlights) finish. Simple can be beautiful too. Not that AP is going to abandon their style mantra, but many (especially the F1 watches are way overdone. Every surface has a different color, finish, pattern, texture, screw, inset... It's full on modern baroque. Bleh.

Of course they sell out, so what the heck do I know

Jonathan
Jonathan

Meehna- I suppose the gist of what I was saying is "If I'm going to go big or go home (and make a statement)...I'm going to go really big."

PS...Im wearing the Aquaracer DiCaprio/NRDC limited edition w blue strap on my wrist at this very moment ;-)

Meehna Goldsmith
Meehna Goldsmith

@Robert-Jan: glad you liked the review :)

@Russ Schwenkler: the "waffle iron" pattern is a distinguishing characteristic of the AP ROO line. It happens to be pretty pronounced in this Diver watch. By the way, what pattern would you suggest instead?

@Jonathan: I like watches in the Richard Mille line as well. However, you can't get close to buying 1/5 of one of their watches for the buy in of this diver from AP. RM's simple diver starts at around 70K I believe. By the way, I did a write up of the Tag Aquaracer on my Men's Blog for the Astrology of Horology series if you'd like to check it out :) http://bit.ly/9icYI6

@Dennis: I would like to buy you one! I'd also like to buy myself one. Maybe we could go shopping together? :)

Dennis Gold
Dennis Gold

This is most definitely a fine timepiece. Luxury at it's best here.
Now who wants to buy me one?

Jonathan
Jonathan

For the price, I would opt for a Richard Mille if I wanted something a little "out there." I am none-to-impressed with AP's recent releases. Perhaps for my undersea adventures I would pick up a Tag Aquaracer or a Breitling Superocean Steelfish. Both of these timepieces much surpass the "300m" resistance of the AP, are handsome and less expensive. Maybe if this model came in a PVC or DLC case Darth Vader would wear it...

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

Is it possible this dial pattern is more pronounced under water, than say a pin stripe, guilloche, sunburst style? If that's a carbon fiber dial, they seem to always appear "waffly"
out of necessity, or other form/function quirks.

Russ Schwenkler
Russ Schwenkler

I'd quite like the AP line-up if it weren't for the Méga Tapisserie - aka "Waffle Iron" dials. I simply find it awful looking, and distracting. Perhaps it's better in-person, but it photographs poorly. For me to consider spending $12K + on a watch, you can bet I'll need to love the way it looks.

Robert-Jan
Robert-Jan

That's a great diver by AP, finally :) Great review, great pictures.

Best,
RJ

admin
admin

David,

I am the dive watch lover so I will respond - if you want to call it that :) Basically you have TOO MANY options. People love a good diver and there are so many. It really depends on what you want to spend. You can't go wrong with an AP, Rolex, Omega, Bremont, IWC, Seiko Marinemaster series, and many more. There are just too many, and too much taste variety to say which is best with so many good ones out there.

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