If you’re not keen on following the crowds and you much prefer the look of a less common dive watch, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch may be just the companion for you. Come the warmer months of the year, like now, nothing looks more stylish on the wrist than a luxury dive watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White edition ref: 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01 is ideal for exploring the great outdoors, soaking up the sun on a yacht deck, and dunking into the pool without needing to even think twice about it.
The white edition Diver model from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore collection packs a whole load of features into its rugged stainless steel case construction. Not only do you get an impressive 300-meter water resistance to play about with, but the watch comes with a legible white dial with sporty blue accents. This design makes keeping track of the time completely effortless whether you’re donning the watch on its additional sporty blue rubber strap and taking a plunge at the poolside, or wrapping the steel bracelet around your wrist for a meeting in the board room. Audemars Piguet didn’t just develop this Royal Oak Offshore watch for diving alone. It’s a reliable and versatile design with an aesthetic that can be instantly transformed on the wrist, depending on the strap you opt for. Meanwhile, there are additional features that help ensure the watch remains water-resistant and easy to read no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
The Royal Oak Offshore collection was born in 1992. It extended the 1972 Royal Oak design by injecting a bold and more tool look into its recognisable octagonal-shaped case. Over the years, changes have been made to the Royal Oak Offshore design albeit without needing to touch much of the base formula of its DNA. So too did changes occur to the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in 2016, with a line of bold and funky colours – white, orange, yellow, blue and lime green to be more precise.
Since the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Diver range is so confident and assured in its design, the eye-catching colours were certainly not out of place on the wrist of divers and lovers of the collection. Despite these vivid colour splashes seen in the dial and the straps of these models, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph remains a dive tool nonetheless, and whether you’re investing in one to venture down to daring underwater depths with or not, that’s what the watch is intended to do.
The white edition Royal Oak Offshore Diver watch is a clean and modern design from the collection. Its vivid shots of deep blue colour enhance that overall desirable look of the classic steel sports watch that became so popular during the 70s. The watch is, in essence, a sturdy block of steel integrated with cutting edge technology that enables it to deal with temperature differences, water pressure, air pressure changes, water damage and light-limiting conditions. And although not a design equipped with lots of features on its dial, you don’t get more technically sophisticated than a diving tool like this one.
The crown of the watch has a protector and is coated with rubber to enhance an easy grip even whilst underwater or when trying to operate it through heavy diving gear. The 300m water-resistant case is finished in a mixture of smooth polished and brushed surfaces. Delving into some more technical features of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch, an internal rotating chapter ring enables elapsed time underwater to be measured as opposed to utilising a bulky rotating bezel. Simply activate the pusher at 10 o’clock to make use of this facility whilst still appreciating the octagonal-shaped case, since no compromise was made to its case for an external rotating bezel.
The monobloc design of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Edition watch ref: 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01 surrounds a white dial finished in the Swiss company’s iconic “Mega Tapisserie” effect. The indexes are crafted from polished white gold and hand-arranged with precision into place around the hour track. The large AP hands are crafted in generous proportions and, as with the hour indexes, have been treated with luminous material to assist with referencing the dial at night.
The Calibre 3120 is the workhorse inside the body of the design. The self-winding movement features a gold rotor and performs at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, providing a useful 60-hour power reserve. The movement has featured before in the Diver and the Chronograph versions of the Royal Oak Offshore, proving its reliability and accuracy time and time again. Decoration, carried out to a very high standard, is, once again evident in this model, with Geneva stripes and diamond polished bevels.
Perfect for recreational diving and wearing on vacation, the robust and rugged dive watch will prove a popular collector’s piece once again. The Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Edition is priced at £19.400, comes with an additional blue strap, and is available to order from us here at Owen & Robinson Jewellers now.