To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore launched in 1993 and in preparation for the 2018 SIHH, Audemars Piguet has just announced the new Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01. This new watch is an reissue of the original Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721ST.OO.1000ST.01 a.k.a. 'The Beast'. You can read everything about the original Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721 in this special comprehensive guide we published a few months ago. Below, a few pictures of the original Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721ST inside its original presentation box from 1993 and on top of one of the advertisements from the era.
After the introduction of the original Royal Oak Offshore in 1993, more than 120 references of this 42 mm model have been launched in various materials such as stainless steel, titanium, gold and platinum. More than two decades after its launch, the Royal Oak Offshore still manages to reveal new creative dimensions.
For the new Royal Oak Offshore reissue ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01, the watch is fitted with a petite tapisserie blue dial in an almost identical hue to the original one. A difference that we were able to detect from the stock images provided by AP is that the font on the calendar wheel is blue opposed to black on the original Offshore. Additionaly, this time the watch is powered by the AP Calibre 3126/3840 instead of the JLC-based Audemars Piguet calibre 2226. While the proportions of the watch remain exactly the same as in the original Royal Oak Offshore at 42 mm in diameter and 15 mm in thickness, we are unsure at this point whether the watch comes with a solid case back like the original Offshore or with a display case back. One additional thing that is worth pointing out, is that the pushers and crown on the new reissue model are rubber clad rather than 'therban' as on the original model.
Since no limitation or pricing information has been provided by AP at this point, we will have to wait until the SIHH 2018 in January to provide you with live pictures, pricing and all additional details.
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