Hands-on: the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Platinum Limited Edition

The new interpretation of AP luxury diving watch, the perfect combination of materials and colors.

The Royal Oak Offshore Series was born in 1993 and may have been one of the most influential models in the history of watchmaking when it was launched. Bold and provocative, it quickly became the reference point for all other future ultra-sport luxury watches. Following the chronograph model, Audemars Piguet created another important watch in 2005-the Royal Oak Offshore Scuba. Diver provides bright colors and cool material combinations. Earlier this year, it was updated in depth, and we found a new series here. It’s time for the upgraded Royal Oak Offshore Diver to launch its first limited edition, all of which are related to luxury and contrast.

If the name Royal Oak Offshore Diver appeared in 2010, then this particular sub-series started with the launch of Offshore Diver in 2005. Following in the footsteps of its chronograph brothers and sisters, this watch was born in 1993, nicknamed “The Beast,” and the Associated Press decided to do something more innovative than just create a 3-pin version of this first watch . Therefore, even though Offshore Diver has a lot in common in design, it also brought an aquatic theme to the series, which was obviously new to AP at the time. The first-generation stainless steel Royal Oak Offshore Diver (ref. 15703ST) came out in 2010, followed by the second-generation ROO Diver (ref. 15710ST) in 2015, with a transparent bottom cover and slight visual updates.

In March of this year, Audemars Piguet launched the third generation of Royal Oak Offshore Diver. From the appearance, most of the iconic design elements have been retained, such as 42 mm diameter, raised octagonal bezel, internal rotating flange for measuring diving time, additional crown at 10 o’clock, of course There is also the “Mega Tapisserie” pattern. This third-generation ROO Diver can be seen as a profound evolution, not a revolution. However, in many ways, it is a new watch, especially in the mechanical aspect. AP originally launched stainless steel with 3 different dial colors (khaki, blue, gray), and now releases the first limited edition, reference 15720CN, a watch that brings luxury and contrast, and cool new colors plan.

In late September 2021, Audemars Piguet launched this new model, which is the first limited edition based on the updated Royal Oak Offshore Diver. If the basics—understanding design, proportions, and mechanics—are the same, this new version brings different materials and colors, as well as a typical AP luxury touch. What really sets this reference 15720CN apart is that the case uses 18k white gold. It retains the same proportions, namely 42 mm diameter and 14.2 mm height, as well as the same overall design and execution. The shape is the classic ROO, but it has the same updates as the steel model, which means a more refined brushed surface and some treatment for polished accents.

Although this online watch, whether in steel or platinum, is a real luxury, it is still a very serious dive watch. The two ceramic crowns are tightened and the water resistance is 300 meters-but let’s be honest, I doubt someone will bring it to this depth. Another new feature of this limited edition is the use of a black ceramic octagonal bezel, which brings contrast and makes this version more compact visually. Of course, the iconic rubber gasket between the case and the bezel is still clearly visible.

In addition to the material, the dial of this new limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Diver also uses a new color. It is equipped with a black classic embossed “Méga Tapisserie” dial, and has the same updates as the classic steel version-smaller minute track, redesigned smaller and thicker markers, and finished in two different lengths to separate The quarter hour is in 5 minute increments. All elements of the dial-application marks and hands-are made of polished 18k white gold and filled with beige luminescent material. The same color can be found on the inner rotating bezel, with a contrasting 0-15 minute segment to improve readability. Overall, the combination of white metal, black ceramic elements and beige elements is certainly attractive and relatively cautious.

Like the stainless steel watch, this new white gold Royal Oak Offshore Diver is equipped with an upgraded version of the in-house movement, the 4308 movement. The automatic engine based on Code 11.59 is a modern movement that focuses on precision and reliability. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 60 hours. The sapphire crystal mirror is beautifully decorated with Geneva stripes, round grains, beveled edges and a new black 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight.

Last but not least, this version retains the new interchangeability system with a quick release button on the back of the strap, which is part of the main innovation of this third-generation ROO Diver. It comes with a classic black rubber strap with a platinum pin buckle and an extra beige interchangeable calfskin strap. In addition, as part of the 2021 Royal Oak Offshore Diver collection, you can also get khaki, blue and gray rubber straps, as well as brown and black calfskin straps.

Case: 42 mm diameter x 14.2 mm height-18k white gold, frosted and polished-black ceramic octagonal bezel with rubber inserts-anti-glare sapphire crystal front and back cover-black ceramic screw-lock crown-300 meters water resistance
Dial: “Méga Tapisserie” pattern dial, white gold three-dimensional three-dimensional hour markers, Royal Oak hands, luminous coating, black rotating inner bezel, beige 60 to 15 minutes area
Movement: Calibre 4308, inside-automatic with central rotor-32 mm x 5,20 mm-32 jewels-234 parts-28,800 vibrations/hour-60-hour power reserve-hours, minutes, seconds and date
Strap: replaceable black rubber strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle. Additional interchangeable beige calfskin strap
Reference: 15720CN.OO.A002CA.01