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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Introduced in 1993, the 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 Audemars Piguet’s 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 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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

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 watch 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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

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.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

The rotating inner bezel is marked with contrasting colors to make it easy to read. The beige model has the first 15 minutes and the remaining tens of minutes in blue, while the turquoise blue, purple, and khaki models have white markings. There’s also a color-matched date window at 3 o’clock with a magnifier glass. I really enjoy date wheels with colors that match the dial, as they’re more harmonious and subtle. Of the four of them, the turquoise blue model is my favorite, with purple as a close second. The beige and khaki models are too subdued for my liking.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

These new models all have see-through sapphire casebacks that reveal the in-house self-winding caliber 3120. It is easily one of the best finished movements in any dive watch. The first element that catches your eye is the large 22k gold rotor that features the family crests of the Audemars and Piguet families. Peer deeper and you’ll find beveled bridges with expertly applied Côtes de Genève as well as a nicely shaped balance bridge under which sits a large balance wheel. The caliber 3120 beats at 3Hz and has a power reserve of 60 hours.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers In New Colors For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On

There really aren’t many truly high-end dive watches out there in this price range, as competitors like Patek Phillipe or Vacheron Constantin are not as prolific as Audemars Piguet in this category. The Hublot Big Bang line is obviously similar in boldness and attitude, but those aren’t divers. Something like the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (or the Milspec edition) comes to mind, though it’s much more traditional and classic compared to the exuberance and dynamism of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver. Of course, as I mentioned at the beginning of this piece, many potential buyers of these new Offshore variants are not even interested in the competition, as it’s likely loyal AP fans who are picking many of these up. Some critics will definitely think these are much too ostentatious, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, especially since their construction is exemplary. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver in new colors for 2018 is priced at $19,900.

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  • Eu Leong Oh

    Does anyone know why the Royal Oak has 50m water resistance compared to the Nautilus’ 100m? Is it because AP wants to keep the Offshore range viable?

    • IanE

      [The Nautilus is actually resistant to 120m.] I doubt that AP would regard the WR ratings of the RO and ROO as their key differentiator: the first is a beautiful, tasteful, everyday wear which is not intended for significant exposure to water, the second is an awful eyesore suitable for posing on beaches and yachts!

      • Gokart Mozart

        That’s an interesting point, as the watches do look recognisibly the same.

        Do you feel the same way about the Rolex Oyster and the Submariners,/seadwellers

        One is pure and ok looking and the other has ugly crown guards, bigger chunkier case, more bigger chunkier and uglier hands and indices.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    Very ugly.

  • Berndt Norten

    It’s times like these you learn to live (without Marius) again

    If Marius were here he’d tell us what he liked or disliked about the watch.

    Then he’d compare the watch to similarly priced products (the way, say, an automobile reviewer would do) and he’d help us determine whether or not the price was reasonable.

    I miss Marius.

    Upvote this , please, in support of Marius.

    Perhaps after Marius has done his time he can be let back into the club?

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

      Many of us miss Marius. I am sure he is either among us or reading from his estate in Monaco and laughing. He undeniably raised this blog to the next level, with his knowledge and humor. Readers leaving confirm this.

      I also am quite sure that he has no interest about “being let back into the club”. He was doing this blog a favor (unpaid) by contributing here and educating staff and readership alike.

      Perhaps a somber and heartfelt apology might bring him back, but I doubt it.

      • egznyc

        Do we know if he left voluntarily, or was forced out? (Your comment suggests the latter but I wasn’t aware either way.)

        • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

          I am sure he was banned by the administration.

          • Juan-Antonio Garcia

            Sad, will be missed. Frankly, he was a big reason to read the comments, very entertaining. No matter the watch, he had something interesting to say, might not agree 100% with his taste, but was a diverse voice among one liners with the same boring comment.
            About the AP…

          • egznyc

            What is your basis? Intuition is different from facts …

          • Berndt Norten

            In previous posts Ariel and David say he was banned.

          • egznyc

            Thanks, it’s good to know, though I wish it weren’t so. (How does his being banned wind up being a part of a post? It’s a bit off-topic and all …)

          • arieladams

            We have an obligation to police the community and remove entities who routinely contribute to a hostile communication and unwelcoming environment. I’m sorry to those of you who feel as though something has been taken away from you. If you want to focus your blame somewhere then aim it on those people who have violated the simple rules we have to keep this environment safe and free from bullying and harassment.

            We have extremely relaxed policies and issue warnings to those who flagrantly detract from the community’s wellbeing. I for one regret anytime someone with interesting ideas cannot express themselves in a civilized and mature manner. Humor at the expense of others in the community is not appropriate here.

          • Mr. Snrub

            I wish the ABTW staff would seriously consider adding a free-speech forum to the site. Simple Vbulletin format would suffice. A place where members can rant or rave, share recent purchases or seek advice. Would provide a service to the community and certainly an advertising opportunity for the site.

          • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

            Never happen. The first time someone criticized Ariel, Dave or Brewmont – it would be shut down.

          • Berndt Norten

            Sorry I meant to say in previous responses in the comments section Ariel and David explained why he was banned.

          • egznyc

            Okay – got it. As the Cat in the Hat said (three times in a row), what a shame …

      • arieladams

        We provide and pay for a platform that offers the community a free place to communicate and congregate. I wholeheartedly reject your notion that people acting in their own self interest and operating under hidden guise of anonymity add anything to the larger community. Anyone who makes the choice to no longer participate in our community discussions becsuse we have very basic rules – are more than free to test the content boundaries of other platforms that they may exploit without consideration to others. We can encourage fellow watch lovers to interact but we must also request that they play nice.

        • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

          So are you saying that the apology is not forthcoming?????

    • Gokart Mozart

      Well he is a massive fan of the APRO and this calibre if I remember correctly.

      He probably has a poster of it on his wall next to Archie Luxury.

      Not sure what he makes of the colour and straps though.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Not mad keen on any of the colour variants.
    The strap is awful.

  • The dial looks like a cheap pressing from China. Where is the real guilloche mega tapistry one expects on an ROO. Is this this Swatch watch from AP? But without the $159 price…

    • Polerouter

      I was going to say the same thing. Obviously the watch is not for me but for the rest it is a matter of taste. However the mega tapisserie looks very cheap in person, and it seemed to be a general feeling at SIHH.

      And for a serious diving watch, I don’t think the RO design is really apprropriate: so much real estate is lost because of the octogonal bezel that the internal rotating bezel is a bit lost and not very readable.

      I also wonder who the green dial variant is for. It is neither bold and fun, nor elegant, nor readable. It doesn’t go well with any clothes that I can think of, and it won’t even match the english car you use to go to the coast.

      • The green variant is for Rob Crenshaw (refer to his comment above I guess).

  • Rob Crenshaw

    These are the first pictures of this watch I’ve seen (AP’s site shows renderings), and I quite like it. That’s good, because I bought the green a couple of months ago sight unseen. It was that or the cream, and if the cream had come with green accents instead of blue it’d’ve been perfect, but it didn’t. The green has a slight military feel, and I needed a dark subdued green watch, there aren’t many of them. A bonus that the band matches because it further emphasizes the color. It’s a bit chunky compared to the 15202, but it is a diver, and a welcome difference from the sea of “me, too” Submariner clones.

  • Han Cnx

    I realize I’m in danger of only posting negative stuff but for this one I’ll just vote it Classy and leave it at that. 😉

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

    Always like this watch, not so sure about the colors though. Green if I had to pick.

  • Ulysses31

    The colours are fresh and appealing, and the colour-matched date-wheels are a nice touch.

    • Berndt Norten

      It’s fresh (fresh)
      This watch is inviting to thee

      Fresh and lovely
      As a watch should be
      Baby you know Ulysses loves
      This AP

      • Bozzor

        Kool and the Gang are actually Hublot people, but they still appreciate the memory!

      • SuperStrapper

        Great vibes man

        • Berndt Norten

          Lionel Hampton and Bobby Hutcherson gave good vibrations. Beach Boys were never my thang

      • Stuart MacKenzie

        And when I see the tan dial that looks ug-lay
        The blue one looks bet-ter but too much mon-ay

        Just walk away Piguet
        You won’t see me follow you back home
        The empty watch straps on my arm are very lame
        You’re not to blame

  • Jon Heinz

    Fun, funky, whimsical and totally unaffordable. If I could, it would be a basic low-key colorway (black or white dial) with an Horus black/grey camo strap 😉 And yeah, I really do want that.

  • TheChuphta

    Always exciting to see an ugly watch get even uglier for the sole purpose of garnering more attention for its owner.

    The blue one looks like something a trophy wife would leave behind at the salon after having her nails done.

    The green one looks like something an obese “survivalist” would wear paintballing.


    As Marius would say AP is my favorite brand after ALS but here AP fails.
    Firstly/ Rubber screw downs
    Secondly/ plastic looking dial
    Thirdly/ essentially useless rotating internal bezel which are a pain in the a&& to grab and turn w your left hand . I find these 10 o’clock crowns very poor from a design and usage perspective . That is why compressor case were popular w crowns on same side of the case
    Fourthly/ the price is high without a metal bracelet

    And Marius would end by saying though that this is one of his favorite movements w 278 parts and 60 hour PR

    • Spangles

      If anyone knows where Marius is on the web, please let me know.

      • palettj

        Why wouldn’t he just come back with another name? Is his IP address blocked?

        • Joe

          I guess he could just use a VPN anyway?

    • egznyc

      Yeah the rubber bands are not adequate – not for an AP ROOD at $20K. Give me a metal bracelet, and I’ll keep the colorful band as another option. And that 10:00 crown is indeed bad design. (Again, for a sub-$1000 watch I’d be more forgiving.)

      Sure, the movement is pretty. 😉

    • Nello Alexandri

      I could not agree more. Rubber covered crowns are lame. Why not ceramic? Probably too difficult to match these Miami Vice dial and band colors.
      They are still beautiful watches, but too outgoing for me and my change purse.

    • adelbert cabrera

      Thank you for helping provide a little bit of Marius fix:-)…

      If I may, Marius might also add that the tacky aspects would make the pieces appropriate only for Monegasque children.

    • See you can channel Marius (but without the occasional vitriol) when you try. Or are you using the “Marius Emulator” program on your computer/phone which takes a review watch as input and then generates 5 long paragraphs (primarily with JLC comparisons but with the odd Grand Seiko mixed in) and half a dozen images of the “better” choices? And references to Monaco and Thai ladyboys. The ABTW approved version of the emulator keeps criticisms to the watches and leaves out the personal attacks and out of context/false accusations 🙂

      • Timestandsstill

        Give him a little credit. He often made reference to ALS and Blancpain as well.

        To his other loyalists:

        As far as his “extensive knowledge” of watches, much of it appears to have been recycled and cut and paste work from articles by Carlos Diaz, Walt Odet ,Jack Forrester and other authors who had written on TimeZone, WatchProSite (Purists Pro),Quill and Pad, Hodinkee and other sites anyone can Google and find similar information when looking for ammunition to write a critique of a review.
        If one were able to look back two or three years at his previous comments (many of which I remember clearly) ,he was much much less informed.

        Yes he was witty and erudite and often amusing but in actuality a sophisticated, semi-knowledgeable troll at times and often wrote with thinly veiled venom and posting malicious and unfounded accusations.

        Yes, I too enjoyed some of what he said. But enough was enough.

        I have been holding my tongue about expressing my opinion on this for some time but I can’t in good conscience do it anymore. I’m sure if the down vote feature actually worked I would receive the usual 12 up vote Marius automatically received plus another few dozen.

        Anyone who thinks that the 30 or 40 regular posters here represent a consensus of opinion of watch lovers in general or even of the large community of those who actually read this column but don’t comment is fooling themselves.

        • Yeah, we are the vocal minority here and do not represent the overall watch buying public very well. And I agree about enjoying Ryan’s posts.

        • Bruuuuuce!

      • BNABOD

        the Marius emulator program (MEP) is now past beta testing. now I need to figure out how the program can randomly grab images from a few brands ALS, Blancpain, Rolex and VC. that should do the trick 🙂

  • palettj

    This watch exists solely for the wearer to project,”I am so wealthy, I can afford to purchase something so ugly and not even care.”

    • Polerouter

      Indeed, but it is actually for the semi-rich. I you really want to show that you are able to throw money directly through the window with a diving watch, the way to go is vintage Rolex with some unusual and useless characteristic with dubious origin, such as a line of text written in red. IN RED.

    • Omegaboy

      And you know this how? I was looking at the blue one and wishing I had the bucks to buy it because it really appeals to me, and, being an AP, it’s a super high quality, reliable watch. Showing it off didn’t cross my mind. Most people don’t notice watches, anyway.

      • palettj

        Because if I were in the market for an AP, this would be the last reference I would consider.

    • That is the Richard Mille method after all.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Just like the Yacht master 2 as well.

  • I actually like the green one. As noted previous, it has a military look. But the 10 o’clock internal bezel adjustment is a poor placement. For those of us who wear a watch on our left wrist, adjusting the bezel with the right hand forces you to pretty much obscure the face of the watch at the same time. Kind’a hard to set what you can’t see…..

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Oh this will stick in the wrist…

        • Maybe why the real bezel crown is on the left side.

      • Joe

        Or Polaris style at 2 and 4.
        The 10 really doesn’t work. I also read somewhere that the crown (for the internal bezel) can’t be used underwater – which (if true) seems to make it decorative, even as a “backup device”.

        But…if I could afford one, I’d be interested because it’s cool 🙂

        • Well the internal bezel truly sucks in that case. Ideally you use the bezel to time you dive/bottom time and then reset it so you can time your “hang time” (decompression stops).

          I thought about photoshopping to do 2 and 4 as you suggested but when for quick and easy 🙂

      • Yep

    • Rob Crenshaw

      You’re never going to adjust the bezel except off your wrist to show people it moves. Stylistically it’s the right place for it.

  • Benjamyn Climber

    These are probably aimed at women just as much as for men. Here in Toronto, many chinese women wear submariners and “mens” offshores, so with these now they can colour match to their LV bags or their louboutins.

  • Jerry Davis

    What do you know, the tan version really is the most boring one!

  • egznyc

    If there’s a purple variant, why no photos here? (Personally, I liked the orange from last year.)

    • Mr. Snrub

      I liked the Orange and Yellow. These are just drab.

  • benjameshodges

    I’d thought the date cyclops would be AR-coated too. I quite like the textured rubber straps but would like to know how they stand up to abuse over years. Its a luxurious, contemporary product that clearly satisfies a niche market so I’m not against it at all.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Never been a fan of internal bezels. What, s the point of drilling another hole in the case when it’s a diver and each hole increases the chance of leaking?

  • Innovation!!!!

  • Rob Crenshaw

    Reading now the further discussions about the specifics of this design, I think people are largely missing something important about the target buyer. For that you need to go back to the “Why you can’t buy xx watch” thread. All the stylistic and function and price criticisms are valid, but the person buying this watch isn’t concerned about any of those things. They’re collectors, and/or building equity with AP, such that when truly interesting watches come up, like the Ti-Pt Royal Oak, they are offered one. That’s really the crux of it. Spend money, make on some watches, lose on others, but keep buying AP and you become known to them with every watch you purchase new. I assume all these Divers are sold already. Except the cream. ?

  • SuperStrapper

    Meh. Everything is nicely done it’s just not such a spectacular package. I’ve never been a big ROO fan so this wouldn’t be an exception. The movement is nice but laughably small in this case. Does AP get a hall pass on that one? It’s something usually picked on quickly.

  • Mikita

    Meh. The tappiserie here looks so damn cheaply made. I’m even surprised – why it does so?

    • Rob Crenshaw

      It’s stamped.

  • Yanko

    I visit ABTW every day. I find all watch reviews to be intelligently written covering every single aspect of the watch being reviewed. There is a great professionalism about every ABTW writer. But ABTW should begin to pay less attention to these grotesque watches like this AP, Hublot and R. Mille to name a few. There is absolutely nothing interesting in this particular AP. It would’ve been (some may find this ridiculous) better to cover Certina Action Diver Turtle Conservancy than this watch for rodeo clowns. At least Certina is contributing to an honorable cause.

    • SuperStrapper

      And what about the guy that comes in and says this place would be a lot better if affordable brands were omitted to make room for more Richard mille articles.

      Theres a fine balance. Let’s not fix what ain’t broken.

    • Mark Fenimore

      Rodeo clowns must make a lot more money than I thought! These are worthy of coverage, take a deep breath and move on to the next article if they’re that “grotesque”.

  • Horum Positivium

    If Audemars Piguet can align the screws on their bezel, why on earth can’t Hublot?

    • Horum Positivium

      Sits back, grabs popcorn, waits…

    • Timothy Sou

      I recommend you to read Hodinkee’s article pertaining to this particular matter 🙂

  • Lindsay

    Frabjous day!

    Also the screws are hexagonal.

  • hatster

    You know what a car looks like when it has been dropped into those huge mechanical crushers at a breakers yard, all metal and rubber…….?

  • Daniel Brown

    Love the green Diver. Turquoise a close second. The green version is the best yet of the steel Divers.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      I thought so as well, and I hope it is as good in person.

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