Since its official establishment in 1881, Audemars Piguet replica has been manufacturing some of the best timepieces in the world. Childhood friends Jules Louis Edmar and Edward Auguste Piggett became partners in 1875 because they were both watchmakers. Audemars (Audemars) is famous for the movement of early Tiffany watches, and Piguet (Pig) is a fine craftsman who adjusts the movement. Audemars Piguet has more than 100 years of innovation history, has obtained a number of patents and released many famous watches. Among them, the Royal Oak is the most popular.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Review and History
The Royal Oak was first introduced at the Basel International Watch and Jewelry Show in 1972. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak series watch was designed by Gerald Genta, and the latter is also world-renowned for designing the Patek Philippe Nautilus. It is one of the first luxury sports watches in the world. Incredibly, Gerald Genta developed this design overnight!
The name of the Royal Oak and the unique octagonal bezel of the watch are the honor of a series of 8 Royal Navy ships in the UK. The names of these ships are taken from an ancient hollow oak tree, nicknamed the Royal Oak, and King Charles II hid from the round head stone in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Knowing this story will make this watch more charming!
The name of the Royal Oak is not the only nautical nod. The original stainless steel design was inspired by old-fashioned metal diving helmets, with exposed screws, a slightly bulky appearance during the period, and a unique case that revealed its provenance through an exposed waterproof washer certified to 150 feet in depth. The original Royal Oak design of 1972 has a small blue pastry pattern and a comfortable, streamlined one-piece bracelet instead of a leather strap.
Original Royal Oak automatic movement 2121 movement. The movement is based on the Audemars Piguet 2120 movement, which is still used today in the Royal Oak large shopping replica watch (reference number 15202).
The original Royal Oak watch started at 3,300 Swiss francs (more expensive than Patek Philippe’s gold watch and ten times higher than the price of the Rolex Submariner in 1972)!
At the time, Royal Oak ref. 5402 is considered very revolutionary. In fact, there are many critics who want to know whether this design has stood the test of time. It turns out that Royal Oak is one of Audemars Piguet’s most iconic designs-and one of the world’s most famous watches.
As time passed, Audemars Piguet launched Royal Oak watches with different finishes, and the Lady Royal Oak model also caused a sensation when it was first offered. Different options, such as date function, astronomical clock, perpetual calendar, moon phase, etc.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Royal Oak, designer Emmanuel Gueit was hired to create some new products: The Royal Oak Offshore. This watch was launched in 1993 and replaced the traditional 39mm case with a 42mm case. Gerald Genta didn’t like the new design at all, but it was very successful and still sought after.
The 30th Anniversary Royal Oak Concept watch launched in 2002 is a fascinating “lab watch” that is very different from the classic design. In 2010, the Royal Oak time equation was launched, which has four high complexity and one moon phase. The 40th Anniversary Edition of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 2012 is the latest edition. The function of 15202 is almost the same as the original design, all the way to the small cake pancake pattern.
Today, Audemars Piguet offers a variety of Royal Oak replica watches, including 44 mm tourbillon chronograph design, Grande Complication models, and more, including many limited edition models.