Launched in 1993 as an anniversary piece, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore was a bolder and sportier iteration of the original Royal Oak. Known as “The Beast,” the Offshore is an influential watch frequently seen on the wrist of professional athletes and celebrities. More than 25 years after its introduction, Audemars Piguet offers more than forty different Royal Oak Offshore models, featuring original re-editions to high-end complications. Explore our unrivaled assortment of pre-owned Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshores.
The Audemars Piguet (AP) Royal Oak Offshore is the (literal) bigger brother to the ever-popular Royal Oak. The original Royal Oak is an ideal harmony of both elegance and sport. While the Offshore line shares the unmistakable design language of its predecessor, it takes those dressy elements and discards them altogether. With its wider case and thicker proportions, the Offshore line is the brand’s first take on a through-and-through sports watch. The Offshore lineup consists of divers and chronographs, and it is, in many regards, AP’s more “daring” model. AP is able to implement more off-the-wall designs like bold colors and different materials that they would otherwise not dream of implementing in the Royal Oak line, though some exceptions do exist.
The History of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
AP released the Offshore in 1993 in the hopes of attracting a younger crowd to the brand. It was designed to be a very masculine watch with its oversized proportions. The introduction of the line was a slight gamble for Audemars Piguet, as it was unknown how collectors would respond to the updated design. Despite what the old adage advises, AP fixed what wasn’t broken. Over time the attempt would prove to be a success for AP, and it is now a beloved piece among collectors.
What makes the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore so desirable?
The Offshore’s big and colorful designs are particularly unique within the catalog of a generally buttoned-up and conservative company. This watch allows collectors to experience the high- end luxury pieces that AP offers in a very wearable and conversational package.
Why buy pre-owned Audemars Piguet Watches and the Royal Oak Offshore?
Audemars Piguet is one of the most respected watch houses in the industry, and their prices are certainly reflective of that status. However, shopping the secondary market is a much more palatable way to add an AP Offshore to your collection. If you are in the market for a Royal Oak Offshore, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!
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