One of the most impressive modern luxury watches ever made, the 18k rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26470OR is aptly nicknamed the “Brick” or the “Pounder” thanks to its hefty weight and powerful wrist presence. It’s 42 mm case fitted with black ceramic pushers and screw-down crown has carefully evolved in the last 25 years without compromising the DNA and original design cues of the first Royal Oak Offshore launched in 1993.
While this is usually kept quiet, this 118-year-old Swiss company which hails from Vallee de Joux also provides parts for (or works with) brands such as Breitling, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre Richard Mille, AP, Rolex, and even Patek Philippe. Their specialty lies in creating chronograph and calendar modules.
It’s 42 mm case fitted with black ceramic pushers and screw-down crown has carefully evolved in the last 25 years without compromising the DNA and original design cues of the first Royal Oak Offshore launched in 1993.
This watch is powered by the AP caliber 3126/3840 automatic movement. This self-winding caliber is comprised of 365 parts and contains 59 jewels. It resonates at 21,600vph or 3 Hz and holds its power for approximately 50 hours.
The Audemars Piguet 3126/3840 movement is based on the AP Caliber 3120 and has a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, possibly one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets according to a recent industry journal by FHH.
This chronograph uses a cam actuated mechanism as opposed to a column wheel which means that the action when starting the chronograph pushers will require a little extra push than that of the column-wheel mechanism which has a smoother less jumpy action to it. On the plus side, this type of chronograph is easier to service and the way it’s engineered allows for more play between servicing.
Some watch aficionados would snob anything but a column wheel chronograph mechanism since they are more labor intensive to produce, but the truth is that neither one is necessarily better than the other – if NASA approved a cam operated chronograph to be used in space flight, it can’t be all that bad. The AP 31226/3840 caliber is immaculately finished with Geneva stripes, and ‘perlage‘ (a circular brushed pattern finishing technique) on its various components and has an ornately engraved solid gold rotor.
Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore 26470OR.OO.A002CR.01 in 2014 as part of the updated Royal Oak Offshore Reference 26470 lineup (that replaced the reference 26170 generation). Some of those updates included revamped case details, refreshed dials, and the addition of sapphire casebacks.
On the cases, AP upgraded the crown and chronograph pushers by replacing the previous rubber-coated metal with ceramic, which is a high-tech material that is not only scratch-resistant but also much more durable. Furthermore, the crown and pusher guards were restyled into a more angular form.
The watch features a 42mm case, shaped into its iconic octagonal silhouette and topped with the customary eight-sided bezel with eight exposed screws. The case is 14.6mm thick and water-resistant to 100 meters. The black accents on the watch, from the ceramic pushers and crown to the visible gasket under the bezel to the dial details, contrast beautifully with the warm rosy hue of the gold case and bracelet.
This impossing Chronograph was purchased new by its only owner via the Audemars factory boutique of Miami on October, 2015 and has been part of a private collection, worn sparingly. The case and alligator strap display minimal wear and the crystal is free of any scratches. The sale of this exquisite Ryal Oak is accompanied by its entire retail presentation including a travel case, original box, outer sleeve, all papers and booklets as supplied by the manufacturer.
Please note that the Offshore Chronograph is fitted with the highly coveted 18k pink gold deployant clasp in lieu of the standard pin buckle at a substantial addendum of almost $5,000.
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