In 2018 Audemars Piguet will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced at Baselworld 1993.
The Offshore was designed to cater the tastes of sport enthusiasts and young people. In fact, the designer of the Offshore – Emmanuel Gueit – was just 22 year old when he was given the task.
The concept behind this model was the “deconstructed” approach to the timepiece, intended to reveal how it was built and its key elements, like the the massive visible black gasket on the bezel. The case had a size of 42 mm, a normal size today but shock at the time, which brought the watch to be nicknamed “The Beast”.
The re-edition (ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01) of the first Royal Oak Offshore features a 42 mm stainless steel case with blue rubber-clad pushpieces and screw-locked crown to guarantee water resistance to 100 metres / 330 feet. Its solid caseback is engraved with the “Royal Oak Offshore” logo in the center.
The movement of choice is the Swiss automatic Audemars-Piguet calibre 3126/3840 beating at 21,600 vph and offering a power reserve of 50 hours.
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