Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Where Did It Come From?

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak / Royal Oak Offshore is one of the three top luxury sports watches in the world (the other two are Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Vacheron Constantin’s vertical and horizontal), and many people like it. Therefore, both in the primary market and the secondary market, they are very hot and strong. Royal Oak / Royal Oak Offshore is a watch that players are very familiar with, and many people wear it. Many senior players know that the Royal Oak was designed by Jero Zunda, so I want to say a very interesting thing today, how did the Royal Oak offshore come from?

Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470
The Royal Oak was born in 1972 and the offshore type was born in 1993.
 As we all know, Royal Oak was designed by the famous designer Jero Zunda (died in 2011) and launched in 1972. In 1989, Audemars Piguet’s CEO (named Stephen Urquhart) hoped to launch a Royal Oak suitable for young people. After statistics, it was found that people who bought regular versions of Royal Oak at that time were generally 40 years old and above. Age group. Audemars Piguet wants to introduce a watch that appeals to young people. This is why the Royal Oak Offshore was launched. The Audemars Piguet CEO gave this task to a designer working at Audemars Piguet to let him design the new Royal Oak. This person is Emmanuel Gueit, the designer of the Royal Oak Offshore, which is the old man in the photo below. The old man is still handsome.

Emmanuel Gueit, designer of Royal Oak Offshore.

Royal Oak Offshore Designer Emmanuel Gueit’s Royal Oak Offshore Model 25721.
 The old man started designing offshore models. The first thing he did was to increase the size of the watch. From the current perspective, the size of the early Royal Oak was not large. The size of the Royal Oak 5402 was 39 mm (it was already a large size at that time). Brother Emmanuel Gueit found that many women had already started wearing men’s watches at that time, so he planned to further increase the size of the watch, designing the Royal Oak offshore model as a watch for men, and the offshore model was 42 mm thick. 16 mm. Without a doubt, his vision is very advanced. The 42 mm offshore version is the right size today.

The first Royal Oak offshore model introduced in 1993, model 25721
 Early Royal Oak offshore models used rubber timing buttons and rubber crowns (now 26470 are ceramic buttons and ceramic crowns). This is because the rubber can expand when heated. The use of rubber in the middle of the chronograph button, crown, and bezel can prevent hot water and water vapor from entering the watch. The rubber used in the Royal Oak offshore type can function from minus 45 degrees to 165 degrees (up to 180 degrees) and was an advanced material in the 1980s.

The first Royal Oak offshore model launched in 1993, 25721.
 The Royal Oak Offshore was a chronograph from the beginning. Early Royal Oak offshore models always used the 2126/2840 chronograph movement. Some players know that Audemars Piguet 2126/2840 actually added a timing module to Jaeger-LeCoultre 888 movement (later began to use 889 movement), which is a movement from Jaeger-LeCoultre (now the offshore type uses Audemars Piguet). Self-produced movement). Emmanuel Gueit, an offshore designer, said that the Jaeger-LeCoultre movement was used because the early Royal Oak offshore model had a dense bottom. The case was designed with a magnetically shielded inner case, which occupied the watch because of the antimagnetic inner case. Shell space, Jaeger-LeCoultre movement is relatively small, suitable size, so I choose this Jaeger-LeCoultre movement (Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin have used the tradition of Jaeger-LeCoultre movement).

1993 Royal Oak offshore structure.
At the beginning, Audemars Piguet did not know.
 Because the newly designed Royal Oak offshore type has a lot of changes compared to the regular version of the Royal Oak, especially such a large size, which was too different at the time, because the size was so large, the earliest offshore type was called ‘beast’ ( Foreigners in English say Beast), so Audemars Piguet has no idea, considering whether the introduction of offshore type is right or wrong. This is one of the reasons why the offshore model was originally designed in 1989 and was only introduced in 1993. Because it’s tangled.

In 1993, the first Royal Oak Offshore Type 25721 complete set.
 In the end, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Offshore Model (model 25721) in 1993. At first, only 1,000 were made to test the water. Among the first 100, only the English of Royal Oak (Royal Oak) was written on the bottom case of the watch, and Off Shore was not written in English. Off Shore was later added to the offshore model. Those who are familiar with Royal Oak will know that Royal Oak also has a prefix in history. The offshore type starts with a D prefix and then an E prefix. The production batch is different. Some details on the watch are fine-tuned. You can pass the prefix. Judge production time. The final result is very clear to you, the Royal Oak offshore fire, and has been to this day.

E-type offshore (left) and D-type offshore (right), pay attention to the prefixes under the bottom cover.
What is the difference between the current offshore type and the past?
 In 2014, the 42mm Royal Oak offshore type was upgraded once again. The updated model (26470) is the 42mm Royal Oak offshore type currently on the market (in addition, the offshore type is also There is a 44 mm model). Compared with the previous generation of the 42mm offshore model introduced in 1993, there are two important upgrades in the offshore model for sale.

In the sale of Royal Oak offshore model 26470, pay attention to the ceramic crown and ceramic chronograph button.
 1. The old offshore crowns and buttons are rubber; the offshore crowns and buttons on sale are replaced by ceramics.
 2. Older offshore models use outsourced chronograph movements and solid bottom covers; on sale models, Audemars Piguet 3126 chronograph movements and transparent bottom covers are used.

In the sale of Royal Oak offshore model 26470, pay attention to the ceramic crown and ceramic buttons.
 In addition to the important upgrades in these two technical configurations, the larger offshore checkered decoration was used in the offshore model, and the proportion of the time scale on the disk was adjusted. The details have also been adjusted to become more fashionable. But in overall appearance, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak offshore type has remained basically unchanged from 1993 to today. There are many Royal Oak offshore versions on the market today, including new models, old models, commemorative models, special models, etc. Generally, you only need to look at the material of the timer button and crown, whether it is ceramic or rubber, and whether the movement is Through the bottom, you can judge most of the new and old models offshore.

The Royal Oak offshore model 26470 is on sale. It has a bottom and uses the Audemars Piguet 3126 chronograph movement.
 Finally, the only thing to note is that in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the offshore model in 2018, Audemars Piguet launched a 25th anniversary version of the offshore model (model 26237), which completely imitates the appearance of the original offshore model in 1993. Bottom, rubber button crown, but using the Audemars Piguet 3126 chronograph movement (not visible at the bottom), please pay attention to distinguish. In general, if there is no special plot, the 42mm offshore type is priced at 190,000 26470, and the specific color can be selected by yourself.