AUDEMARS PIGUET : Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42


Audemars Piguet’s best selling Royal Oaks (Offshore or otherwise) have been through more variants than any of us remember, occasionally rather vividly so. It is therefore somewhat comforting to see a new model that is sedate and more flexible in its ‘wearability’ – meet the latest Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref. 15710 in the comfortably sized 42mm with a thickness of 13.90mm.

Launched at SIHH 2015, this new iteration is the same size as its older siblings, but now in a white or black dial ‘Mega Tapisserie’ and see-though case back combination. The case is vertically brushed stainless steel and it comes on a black rubber strap. There is a similarly dialled watch already in the Royal Oak Offshore collection, but it has a white ceramic case and bezel (15707CB.OO.A010CA.01). The hour markers are applied white gold and the hands lumed of course.

Water resistance is 300m, and it has the diving time in a white and black rotating inner bezel which is operated by the crown at 10 o’clock, which is probably a bit more fiddly than an external diver’s bezel. The first fifteen minutes of the sixty-minute scale are highlighted in black for the silvery-white model and silver for the black dialled model. The white/ black combination is a lot easier to read than the silver/ black one.

So what is there to say about a new variation on an existing watch that has a few tweaks? Well it’s all about options, isn’t it? For those who  have wanted an AP diver and not liked any of the existing case/ dial combinations but wanted something more ‘classic’ looking, then this just might tick all your boxes.

Categories: Audemars Piguet, Divers watches, Hands-on, SIHH 2015, Switzerland, Watch Profile, watches

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