For many years I have been against wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. As I have gotten older and less reactionary, I have realized it has nothing to do with the brand or the model. It had more to do with certain people who were wearing it that rubbed me the wrong way. It’s amazing how if we see someone flashy wearing a really nice watch, we could potentially assume that the watch in question is garbage!
Now that my eyes are wide open and I have removed all the negative energy I had with the way I perceived this watch, I really want one! Especially the 41mm three handed time and date.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in stainless steel with time and date is just as iconic and cool as a Rolex Submariner or GMT Master. It’s a must have watch for any watch collector! This watch was originally designed in 1970 by the late and legendary Gerald Genta. The watch was released in 1972 and 2012 was the 40th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
This watch is completely timeless and looks almost identical to the original, except for the movement, size and subtle aesthetic nuances.
For a watch on a bracelet it’s refined, sophisticated and masculine and still technical. The octagonal brushed bezel with eight screws is so distinct from any other watch and has inspired so many other brands to emulate it’s original design. It was avant garde for it’s time and has become one of the true classic time pieces to own.
The detail of the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern on the dial with applied white gold indices, is just as important as the iconic bezel and beautifully brushed bracelet with in house self-winding movement with 60 hours power reserve. It all works together in unison, like a masterfully trained orchestra that executes perfection in melody. That’s why at $17,800, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in stainless steel is a watch under 20k that will withstand the test of time!