AP Diver: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Review
As a member of the "Holy Trinity" of watchmaking, Audemars Piguet is been expected to over-deliver with the AP ROO Diver.
What makes this a professional diving watch (aside from the ISO certification) is the deeper than usual water-resistance of one thousand feet (three hundred meters) and the useful features such as the glare-proof sapphire crystal over a méga tapisserie pattern dial, stainless steel case, rubber strap, and instrumentation such as an inner rotating bezel with dive scale to help you time your underwater adventure. This is useful when limited oxygen supplies are in play.
With as much function as it has flair, the stainless steel case Royal Oak Offshore Diver is a watch for only the most dapper of divers.
What sets the AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver watches from other Royal Oak watches is the sportier look. It has a "Mega Tapestry" dial which is a scaled-up and even larger version of the AP Grande Tapestry dial giving it a deeper, more dimensional look. One of the most noticeable differences between the Royal Oak Offshore and the Royal Oak Offshore Diver is the pusher at the 10 o'clock position. This is actually a screw-in crown that controls the rotating bezel under the crystal.
There have been several styles in this series. Two of which are still in production. (There is also a series of AP ROO Diver Chronographs. )
Reference Number 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02 (above) Is probably the most popular model. It has a silver-toned dial with black luminescent filled, white gold-rimmed hour markers and hands. Double hash hour marker at the 12 o'clock position. Hour hand has three luminescent filled stripes to help distinguish it from the minute hand.
Ref # 15710ST.OO.A002CA.01 (shown here) has a black dial with luminescent filled, white gold-rimmed hour markers.
- Power Reserve:
- 60 hours
- 21'600 vph
- Case Width:
- Case Thickness:
- 14.7 mm
- Water Resistant:
- Up To 1000' / 300m
- Date, Rotating Bezel with Dive Scale
As with all Audemars Piguet movements, their calibers are just spectacular to anyone fortunate enough to witness one. The painstaking craftsmanship and attention to every detail are one of the reasons this watchmaker is held in such high regard.
SUMMARY: You probably won't use this as your go-to dive watch, seeing as if you lost it in the dark abyss of the deep blue sea, you would never forgive yourself. It does not have a helium escape valve which is needed for any serious extreme diving like diving expeditions that use a diving bell. However, it does let you dive in style.