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No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Back in 2011, Swiss Audemars Piguet released a limited-edition version of the Royal Oak Offshore that was a direct nod to celebrity and famed watch-collector Arnold Schwarzenegger. Known as ref. 263781O.OO.A001KE.01 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore The Legacy (aBlogtoWatch hands-on debut here), this limited edition of 1,500 pieces “mega Offshore” was, first and foremost, intended to suit the large wrists and tastes of Mr. Schwarzenegger. “Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy” is also engraved on the rear of the watch, in case anyone were to ever forget the purpose and inspiration behind the watch. The Legacy was not, however, the first Audemars Piguet timepiece produced with or for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The first time an Arnold Schwarzenegger watch was produced by Audemars Piguet makes for an interesting story. During the late 1990s, for the film End of Days, Audemars Piguet was asked to create a prop watch that would be worn by Schwarzenegger during the film. This watch never actually worked and was simply a concept for the movie. It proved to be so popular that Audemars Piguet ended up producing a limited-edition run of Royal Oak Offshore End of Days watches with their still-good-looking black and yellow color theme. Later instances, such as the filming of Terminator 3, gave Audemars Piguet another reason to produce a limited-edition watch for an Arnold Schwarzenegger film. The Royal Oak Offshore The Legacy was the first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch produced “just because” for Arnold Schwarzenegger, as far as I know. Another interesting fact about the watch is that a portion of each sale went to Schwarzenegger’s long-standing After School All-Stars charity foundation — but there’s no doubt that Mr. Schwarzenegger got a timepiece out of the deal.

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

When you handle the Royal Oak Offshore The Legacy in person, the first thing you notice about the watch (in addition to its good looks) is the size. I believe this is the largest Royal Oak Offshore that has been produced — with a claimed diameter of 48mm-wide. It is actually larger if you take into consideration the crown and pushers. I say that this watch wears like a 55mm-wide timepiece, and the strap is long as a result. In fact, I couldn’t even wear this watch, given the strap length — not to mention how the case easily extends past the edges of my wrist. In 2015, I was able to spend a lot of face-time with Mr. Schwarzenegger, himself. His wrists and hands are, indeed, large; a watch this size does look good on him. Audemars Piguet wanted to satisfy Schwarzenegger ‘s wrists with this watch, as well as anyone else with similar anatomy (not too many people). So, while some people can complain that The Legacy watch is too large, they merely need to realize that it wasn’t designed for them.

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

From a design perspective, what stood out to me in 2011, when the Royal Oak Offshore The Legacy was debuted, was how simple and classy the overall look was. Until then, many of the limited-edition Royal Oak Offshore watches were very elaborate and technical in their designs. Audemars Piguet used their limited edition models to engage in a lot of design and materials experimentation. This is a good thing, but with The Legacy, Audemars Piguet was clearly trying to make a more classy – albeit very macho — limited-edition Royal Oak Offshore.

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The green, gray, black, and matte rose-gold tones of the piece work together very nicely. My only real gripe about the watch is the fabric strap, the quality of which isn’t amazing. The strap looks nice enough, but even on this gently worn piece, the strap loop was coming apart and there was plenty of noticeable fraying. Fabric straps are cool, in theory, but really hard to get right. I’d recommend to anyone interested in this watch to immediately consider another more durable strap option (that would likely need to be custom-made since this isn’t a standard Royal Oak Offshore strap size).

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The case has a familiar Royal Oak Offshore look, but with a lot of bespoke elements that help The Legacy feel distinctive and noteworthy, now eight years after its initial release. The pushers and case-side hardware are evocative of previous Royal Oak Offshore watches inspired by Mr. Schwarzenegger’s (or his characters’) previous Audemars Piguet watches. The dial is my favorite part of the watch, with the applied “sports jersey style” Arabic numerals done in matte-finished rose gold. The case, itself, is in dark gray/black ceramic with titanium elements (such as the screws) and 18k rose gold (for the pushers and crown insert).

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Aesthetically I think the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore The Legacy watch holds up very well. It is still handsome and feels appropriately classy, given its otherwise large size. Still, we’ve not really seen any subsequent Royal Oak Offshore watches borrow from this design language — which helps The Legacy continue to feel like an exclusive product among many other Royal Oak Offshore models available out there. It would actually be really nice to know how Mr. Schwarzenegger feels about the design of The Legacy watch in comparison with the many other Audemars Piguet timepieces he is known to have.

Inside The Legacy watch is a decent, but unremarkable, movement — the Audemars Piguet caliber 2326/2840 automatic chronograph — that uses a base automatic movement with the 12-hour chronograph over it.

No Longer Made: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Watch Hands-On Hands-On

When I met Arnold Schwarzenegger, I was extremely impressed by him. His personal skills and actual legacy are, indeed, something to celebrate. He continues to inspire many people in positive ways and hasn’t shed too much of his luster as an action hero. He’s done amazing things and succeeded where many other people have failed. I think, to his credit, a penchant for honesty and humility in his communication to fans has been one of his best traits as a role model. In today’s social landscape, I find successful role models to be at a deficit (at least for me). So, it’s great to relive hanging out with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy watch, if only because Mr. Schwarzenegger’s legacy is certainly one worth celebrating. This particular piece was loaned by Rostovsky Watches, which currently (as of this writing) has one of the rare limited edition of 1,500 pieces ref. 263781O.OO.A001KE.01 available for sale. Retail price of the watch as of 2011 was $40,200 USD. Learn more at Audemars Piguet’s website here.

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  • Swiss_Cheese

    “Limited edition of 1,500”

    1,480 of which are probably currently owned by Mr. Schwarzenegger…

  • IanE

    Fun – and might even fit my ankle! Must have been fun to talk to/meet with the Man, too – and, as someone has to ask, will you be back?

  • SuperStrapper

    I remember this watch coming out, I also remember your in-person interview with Arnold. I guess I’m just unclear as to why this watch is a focus today…? Did you just come across this hands on opportunity by chance?
    I know some with an overly sensitive moral compass turned on Arnold, but I always loved his movies when I was younger and still like them today, I dont really have any regard for him falling out with the Kennedys. He does do a lot of social and charity things, and hes quite active in bodybuilding/powerlifting communities. I have zero interest in that stuff but when a noteworthy bodybuilder in Canada died, Arnold came up to the funeral and mingled with many of the people there; he wasnt a famous actor that day, just one of that clique and was treated as such.
    I wish they still made action movies like Total Recall and Commando, etc.

    • Berndt Norten

      Commando is surely one of the very best bad movies of our era. I mean: ‘Let off some steam, Bennett’; ‘you know Sully I like you. You’re a funny guy. That’s why I’ll kill you last’; ‘I lied’; ‘Please don’t wake up my friend until we land. He’s dead tired.’ Several one liners from this film have entered the lexicon. They don’t make em like they used to. Come back, John Matrix! ‘Let’s party’!

      • Yep. Nobody can run an M240 one handed as well as Arnold.

  • WINKS

    Befitting as Arnie’s nickname in bodybuilding was ‘The (Austrian) Oak’.

  • SPQR

    The watch itself is not my cup of tea but I like the concept of the “Not on Sale” series of articles in fact they are some of the best articles on Ablogtowatch. If Mr Ariel Adams is reading this – please do more articles in this series. Also Arnold Schwarzenegger is such a great man so to read about this watch and his involvement in the watch world was a joy.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Easily one of the ugliest watches I’ve ever seen ( since the last one )
    ” A penchant for honesty and humility ” …. The man shagged is housekeeper!

    Clunk™

  • Demonix

    Euuuuuurghh! Thank goodness it’s discontinued, that is a hideous timepiece, don’t like the mismash of colour on the face, hands, case or the low rent strap. Shame as other editions of the Royal Oak Offshore are something I would consider purchasing.

  • Larry Holmack

    I keep telling you Ariel, that if you want a good wrist model for these giant sized watches, my 23 cm wrist could easily accommodate that 48 mm AP… and it would look good on my wrist!!! Heck…I am wearing a 52 mm Diesel this morning….

    • LetoAtreides69

      I scrolled through all the comments looking for you here haha

  • Gokart Mozart

    He looks like he would be a decent guy.

    I imagine it would be a panerai. Despite his dubious taste in in his own watches he is well into his AP’s.

    I think he is a proper fan not an ambassador for the company. Well too begin with atleast.

    Long time ago I was in Marcus in London. Marcus Marguiles is also (was) a coolector of AP.

    Anyway one of the salesman was telling me that Arnie had ordered a set of the Tradition de Excellence. A set of 8 watches made over about 10 years and a marquetry wood cabinet that about 20 years ago cost about £2 million even though people did not know what watches would be coming.

    A limited edition of 20 and you apparently had to sign up for the set.

    Some of the watches are in this link
    http://timetapestry.blogspot.com/2012/04/just-in-case-u-think-this-is-panerai.html?m=1

  • Independent_George

    BTW: Those aren’t functional, working bezel screws, are they? The look like cutouts and inserts to me. But maybe they are real screws?

    • SuperStrapper

      Quite functional: they hold the case together and the bezel to the case. On the dial side they fit into the bezel quite perfectly, but if you review the caseback again you’ll see where and how they function.

  • SuperStrapper

    Fun story. I’d keep it sharp if it were mine.

  • Polerouter

    It may be because I’m not a native english speaker but I’m perplexed by your use of the word “classy”. I would think it applies to very different watches from this one.

  • Pedro Lambareiro

    I have both a Survivor and 3 replicas of it. No one has ever knew which one I was wearing in 10 years of ownership of the 4 watches.