The most famous series of Audemars Piguet replica watches is the Royal Oak series, and this series also has a series similar to its name Royal Oak Offshore series. Compared with the former, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore series looks more masterful and more modern sports watch. Regarding the name of the Royal Oak Offshore series, I believe many will wonder why Audemars Piguet named the series Royal Oak Offshore? Next, let me understand the puzzles for everyone.
Why does the brand name the series Royal Oak Offshore? We must first understand the background of the birth of the Royal Oak series before answering this question. The Royal Oak series is a generation of classics designed by master watchmaker Gerald Genta in the 1970s. When the Royal Oak watch first came out in 1972, it had been questioned a lot.
The Royal Oak watch was a rare brand sports watch made of stainless steel at the time. And the diameter of the Royal Oak series watch is also more significant than the mainstream size of that era, plus the peculiar octagonal shape bezel, etc., it will challenge people’s old thinking everywhere. The Royal Oak series of watches broke the line between the high-end formal watch and the sports watch at that time, so it seems not reasonable to be accepted at first.
More than ten years after the launch of the Royal Oak series, the original appearance of the Sunshine Resolute is a bit conservative and elegant because of the changing times. So Emmanuel Gueit, a designer under the brand, first proposed the idea of making the classic Royal Oak a facelift. He offered to make Royal Oak look more practical and more masterful, but his suggestions were not adopted at the beginning. But the brand’s principal Jacques Louis Audemars at the time valued this proposal, and the principal proposed the name of the Royal Oak Offshore series at the time.
Why the new series is named Offshore, the brand did not provide an official explanation. However, it is inferred from the meaning of the name that although the original Royal Oak was positioned as an outdoor sports watch, it seems that it is not appropriate to wear it for outdoor adventures in the 1990s by its specifications. The new generation of Royal Oak Offshore is more powerful than Royal Oak. In terms of waterproof performance, Royal Oak is 50 meters, and the new generation is upgraded to more than 100 meters.
From a certain perspective, it seems that Royal Oak’s sports watch, which can only be used on land at the beginning, has evolved into a new generation of Offshore watches that can leave the shore and go into the water. Therefore, the origin of the Royal Oak Offshore name is to emphasize the performance improvement of the watch.
The Royal Oak Offshore designed by Emmanuel Gueit is inherited from the Gerald Genta design, but some apparent modifications have also been made. For example, the upgrade to the chronograph function, the curved links of the strap, the thick black gasket exposed on the middle part of the bezel, the crown covered with rubber material, the dial pattern becomes larger, and the crown also has shoulder pads Strengthen the protection effect.
In the beginning, Royal Oak Offshore was only launched as an attempt, so only the first batch of one hundred ROO watches was launched. In order not to let the market be too resistant to this new work, the brand even engraved the name of Royal Oak even on the bottom cover at the beginning, without rashly adding the word “Offshore.” Looking back now, the original 100 ROOs will be very collectible. The fact that only the Royal Oak is engraved on the bottom cover will attract collectors.
More than 20 years of development since its establishment and the Royal Oak Offshore series has now become an essential pillar of Audemars Piguet, the brand’s main strength in consolidating the high-end sports watch market, attracting the attention of the majority of ethnic groups.