Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph 42 mm (new evolution of the original Royal Oak Offshore from 1993)

Audemars Piguet has launched a new evolution of the original Royal Oak Offshore from 1993 with three references in stainless steel, titanium or 18-carat pink gold.

Although preserving the spirit of the original timepiece, the three 42 mm models are equipped with the Manufacture’s latest self-winding flyback chronograph movement, the new interchangeable strap system and a slightly revised dial design. The sapphire caseback also makes its come back, offering excellent view of the hand-finished integrated automatic chronograph movement.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm

The new self-winding integrated chronograph calibre 4404 is equipped with column wheel and flyback function, which allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action. The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system.

When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.

This new evolution boasts a glare-proofed sapphire caseback that reveals the inner workings of Calibre 4404. Featuring an exclusive 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, the movement’s refined hand-finishing includes “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing and polished chamfers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm

When the reset push-piece is activated, the hammers, driven by an operating lever, hit the chronograph’s heart-piece cams to bring the chronograph wheels and hands back to zero. This stunning choreography can be admired through the transparent case.

The new Royal Oak Offshore is offered in three case versions: stainless steel, titanium and 18-carat pink gold. While Audemars Piguet released a previous model entirely crafted in titanium in 2004 (ref. 25721TI), it is the first time that it presents an evolution of the 1993 timepiece with “Petite Tapisserie”in 18-carat pink gold. The case and bracelet of the three timepieces have all been hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm

The stainless steel and pink gold references are complemented with blue rubber push-pieces and crown, as well as a blue rubber gasket sealing the bezel onto the case. In contrast, the titanium timepiece sports a crown, a gasket and push-pieces all crafted in black rubber.

Faithful to the original aesthetics, the three new Royal Oak Offshore models incorporate a “Petite Tapisserie” pattern. The stainless steel variant features the iconic blue dial of the Royal Oak Offshore from 1993, a colour referred to as “Night Blue, Cloud 50” in the Manufacture’s archives.

The titanium version adorns a light grey dial accentuated with black counters and a black inner bezel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm

The pink gold reference highlights the “Night Blue, Cloud 50” dial with pink gold-toned counters, echoing the precious case’s colour.

Although the timepieces have kept the original Royal Oak Offshore’s vertical counter display, the hour and small seconds counters have been inverted: the hour counter is now positioned at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds counter appears at 6 o’clock. For its part, the minute counter has remained at 9 o’clock. In addition, all the counters are now equidistant from the centre of the dial for more visual appeal.

In a nod to the original watch, the gold applied AP initials and the transferred “Audemars Piguet” signature are located at 3 o’clock. The date window has also been topped off with a loupe glass integrated into the dial to magnify the date numeral, like in the 1993 timepiece.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Pink Gold 42 mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Pink Gold 42 mm

These new models are complemented with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system – presented for the first time on metal bracelets. The interchangeability has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs, in perfect harmony with the case’s aesthetic codes.

The ease and efficiency will allow clients to change the bracelets and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release, while the double-push system grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist.

The metal bracelet can be replaced with a rubber strap for a sportier look and lifestyle as the latest 42 mm versions come with a second interchangeable rubber strap – blue for the stainless steel and pink gold versions; black for the titanium piece. Fully waterproofed, the three models can travel underwater to a depth of 100 metres when worn on rubber strap.

The 2021 interchangeable strap assortment for the 42 mm Royal Oak Offshore also includes a light blue and a khaki textured rubber strap, as well as a black calfskin leather strap.

About the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Collection

Introduced in 1993, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch was designed by Emmanuel Gueit. While it retained the Royal Oak’s aesthetic codes with its octagonal bezel and hexagonal screws, the Royal Oak Offshore defied established conventions with its dramatic case size of 42 mm, its massive visible black gasket under the bezel, its rubber-clad crown and push-pieces, as well as its bracelet’s curved links.

Nicknamed “The Beast,” this sturdy and muscular take on the Royal Oak set the trend of large-sized watches. As time passed, the Royal Oak Offshore became a platform for innovation, seeing a raft of new materials, case sizes, complications and colours, while remaining faithful to the timeless design of the original model.

In 1993, the Manufacture engraved the caseback of the first limited series of 100 Royal Oak Offshore pieces with “Royal Oak”. All subsequent pieces were engraved “Royal Oak Offshore.”

In 2013, the original Royal Oak Offshore presented its first major redesign to celebrate the watch’s 20th anniversary. This limited edition of 20 pieces (ref. 26218) was equipped with Calibre 3126/3840, first introduced in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2006 (reference 26170).

The watch was also fitted with a sapphire caseback, offering the view of the hand-finished self-winding mechanical movement. This piece also witnessed the exceptional return of the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern which adorned the original Royal Oak and which had last been used in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2008.

The Royal Oak Offshore underwent yet another design evolution in 2018 for the collection’s 25th anniversary. As the previous anniversary timepiece, this model featured the original “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, marking its official return in the Royal Oak Offshore core collection.

In another nod to the original timepiece, the 2018 edition boasted a solid caseback engraved with “Royal Oak Offshore.” However, this special edition presented subtle differences in terms of dial aesthetics, notably the rebranded logo from 2012 as well as harmonised typesets across the dial.

The latest evolution released this year evolves this iconic timepiece once more with the Manufacture’s latest integrated chronograph technology, interchangeable strap system and slightly updated dial aesthetics, gearing the timeless Royal Oak Offshore for ever-increasing performance and efficiency.

Technical details

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 4404
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 7.93 mm
Number of parts: 433
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flyback chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date.

Case, dial and strap

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm
Reference: 26238ST.OO.2000ST.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Steel 42 mm

Case
Stainless steel case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Blue rubber push-pieces and screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 100 m
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case thickness: 15.2 mm

Dial
“Night Blue, Cloud 50” dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, “Night Blue, Cloud 50” counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel.

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp and interchangeable system
Additional blue interchangeable rubber strap

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm, Reference: 26238TI.OO.2000TI.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Titanium 42 mm

Case
Titanium case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Black rubber push-pieces and screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 100 m
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case thickness: 15.2 mm

Dial
Grey dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel

Bracelet
Titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp and interchangeable system
Additional black interchangeable rubber strap

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Pink Gold 42 mm, Reference 26238OR.OO.2000OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Pink Gold 42 mm

Case
18-carat pink gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Blue rubber push-pieces and screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 100 m
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case thickness: 15.2 mm

Dial
“Night Blue, Cloud 50” dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, pink gold-toned counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, blue inner bezel

Bracelet
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp and interchangeable system
Additional blue interchangeable rubber strap