With a day to go of an online auction selling original artwork by legendary watch designer Gerald Genta, a sketch of what became the Royal Oak for 1:1 UK Audemars Piguet replica watches had reached a price of CHF 170,000.
That is a hand-drawn picture, not an actual watch. You can pick up a minor Picasso work for less.
There is plenty of love for the late Mr Genta driving up the price of that Royal Oak art, but the high quality fake watches itself appears to have the pulling power. Pictures of Pasha watch designs for Cartier — said to be Mr Genta’s favourite — are going for CHF 4,500 to CHF 9,000.
Hype around the Royal Oak is at fever pitch right now because it is 50 years since the cheap replica watches, arguably the first and genre-defining luxury steel sports watch ever produced, hit the market.
Like so many other watches that broke away from traditions, the 1972 best Audemars Piguet Royal Oak copy watches wasn’t an immediate success.
However, try to get your hands on one today and it’ll immediately become clear just how sought after the wholesale replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches is.
Characterized by its eight-sided bezel punctuated with exposed screws, hobnail dial, and integrated bracelet, the Royal Oak is an iconic watch design.
For the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary this year, Audemars Piguet has launched a slew of new models and references to celebrate.
To mark the occasion, pre-owned luxury fake watches specialist Bob’s Watches has done a deep dive into how these new references fit into the heritage of the collection and what has evolved over the last five decades.
Bob’s Watches ultimate guide to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The Royal Oak has grown from a single reference watch to a massive lineup (and AP’s most important collection) of perfect replica watches available in a dizzying assortment of sizes, materials, colorways, and complications.
With a focus on key references and models, welcome to Bob’s Watches ultimate guide to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak super clone watches shop site.
Audemars Piguet debuted the Royal Oak at the 1972 Basel Fair. Due to its enormous (for the era) 39mm case, avant-garde silhouette, and hefty CHF 3,650 price tag (the most expensive steel watch in the market, by far and even pricier than many gold dress Swiss made replica watches at that time), the Royal Oak was too shocking for the market to accept, initially.
That first model was the Royal Oak ref. 5402ST and thanks to its size, it quickly picked up the nickname “Jumbo.”
However, despite the initial resistance, it wasn’t long before the trend picked up and other brands, such as Vacheron Constantin, Girard-Perregaux, and Patek Philippe, offered up their versions of the luxury steel sports watch that same decade.
Royal Oak jargon
While there are plenty of variations in the AP Royal Oak collection, the best quality fake watches (barring a few exceptions) all share the following defining design characteristics.
Octagonal bezel, which gives the Royal Oak its bold and recognizable look
Eight hexagonal-shaped screws in the bezel
A hobnail patterned (also known as Clous de Paris) dial, which the brand calls a Tapisserie dial. There are different sized patterns, classified as Petite Tapisserie, Grande Tapisserie, and Méga Tapisserie
Integrated bracelet, which transitions seamlessly from the case
It’s also worth pointing out that two letters following Audemars Piguet (all, not just Royal Oaks) reference numbers denote the watch case metal:
BA – Yellow Gold
BC – White Gold
ST – Steel
OR – Rose Gold
PT – Platinum
TI – Titanium
Understanding this shorthand will make reading Royal Oak reference numbers a little easier.
As previously mentioned, when the maiden Royal Oak ref. 5402 was released, it became known as the Jumbo because of its large 39mm case size. Yet, while 39mm is by no means considered “Jumbo” in today’s watch market, we still hear this term often when discussing China replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches.
What is a Royal Oak Jumbo?
When collectors and enthusiasts say Royal Oak Jumbo, they are referring to either the original reference 5402ST or to models that were fashioned to honor that reference.
These fake watches paypal have ultra-thin 39mm cases, lack a seconds hand, and run on (except for the newest reference 16202ST) the self-winding Caliber 2121, which is based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920.
Reference 5402ST: Launched in 1972 but made in several series (A-, B-, C-, and D- series)
Reference 14802 Jubilee: A limited-edition (1,000 examples) Royal Oak produced in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the model
Reference 15002ST: Released in the mid-1990s and by some reports only 186 examples were ever made
Reference 15202ST: Originally released in 2000 but redesigned in 2012 (to celebrate the 40th anniversary) to look even more like the original Jumbo reference.
Reference 16202ST: Released in 2022, this is the newest iteration of the original Royal Oak Jumbo with a brand new Caliber 7121 movement with a longer power reserve.
Some of the changes that occurred to the Reference 15202ST in 2012 that made it look closer to the original reference 5402ST included the shift of the AP logo back to the 6 o’clock position (instead of 12 o’clock), the addition of double index markers at 12 o’clock, and a smaller Tapisserie pattern.
In 2022, Audemars Piguet replaced the reference 15202ST with the 16202ST, which retains much of the beloved Royal Oak Jumbo design traits that collectors love but benefits from a new-generation in-house Caliber 7121 automatic movement.
Royal Oak 39mm 15300: 2005 – 2012
Royal Oak 41mm 15400: 2012 – 2019
Royal Oak 37mm 15450: 2012 – 2022
Royal Oak 41mm 15500: 2019 – present
Royal Oak 37mm 15550: 2022 – present
While some collectors will argue that the Jumbo replica watches store are the only true AP Royal Oak to own, we cannot overlook the modern flagship Royal Oak references. In fact, it could be said that while the cult-classic Jumbo Royal Oaks are exceedingly collectible, the modern “mainstream” Royal Oak references (that are also available in many more materials, dial colors, and strap variations) are what made this particular AP model the powerhouse it is today.
Flagship Royal Oak references
We start with the Royal Oak 15300, which launched in 2005.
Although reference 15300 retained the 39mm case size and defining Royal Oak traits, there were some significant changes too.
First of all, the overall execution of the Royal Oak 15300 was bolder and weightier owing to the thicker case and more solid bracelet.
The thicker case is home to the in-house Caliber 3120 automatic movement, which adds a central seconds hand to the dial.
Also notable on the dial of the Royal Oak ref. 15300 is the large AP logo that serves as the 12 o’clock marker.
Audemars Piguet discontinued the AAA fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300 watches in 2012 and replaced it with two other Caliber 3120-powered flagship models: reference 15400 with 41mm cases and reference 15450 with 37mm cases.
The biggest difference on the dials of these Royal Oak references compared to the preceding ref. 15300 was the replacing of the large AP logo at 12 with more traditional double indexes.
In 2019, Audemars Piguet replaced the Royal Oak 41mm ref. 15400 with the Royal Oak 41mm ref. 15500, complete with a new Caliber 4302 with improved power reserve and higher frequency.
In terms of dial design changes, the big one was the removal of the “Automatic” label at 6 o’clock.
Finally, Audemars Piguet replaced the Royal Oak 37mm 15450 replica watches for sale with the updated Royal Oak 37mm 15550, which includes slightly redesigned cases, bracelets, and dials for an overall more minimalist look.
36mm Midsize AP Royal Oak
So far, we’ve only highlighted the larger Royal Oak offerings, spanning from 37mm to 41mm.
However, the now-discontinued Royal Oak 36mm fake watches with Swiss movements, which AP defined as midsize, represent an important portion of the history and evolution of the RO so we’ll briefly outline them here.
Royal Oak 36mm 4100: Introduced 1978
Royal Oak 36mm 14332: Introduced 1980
Royal Oak 36mm 14486: introduced 1988
Royal Oak 36mm 14700: Introduced 1991
Royal Oak 36mm 14790: Introduced 1992
Audemars Piguet discontinued the 36mm Royal Oak in 2005.
Other AP Royal Oak Models
Although we’ve focused primarily on the classic time-and-date Royal Oaks, there are plenty of other models that boast more than that.
For instance, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph made its grand entrance in 1993 as the younger and beefier sibling of the Royal Oak.
Yet again, AP managed to shock the Swiss watch industry with the Royal Oak Offshore and the 42mm perfect Swiss replica watches with exaggerated details became known as “The Beast” The Royal Oak Offshore has spun off into its own collection of ultra-sporty chronographs and divers.
Audemars Piguet has also made many complicated Royal Oak fake watches shop, such as the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (introduced in 1984), the Royal Oak Tourbillon (introduced in 1997), the Royal Oak Chronograph (introduced in 1998), and others.
In 2002, AP unveiled the Royal Oak Concept collection (to celebrate the RO’s 30th anniversary), which is a line of ultra-futuristic and very limited RO models that showcases the brand’s creativity and mechanical mastery.
The Royal Oak Risk Paid Off
It’s clear that Audemars Piguet’s risky bet on the Royal Oak over five decades ago paid off.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Royal Oak changed the watch industry. Its impact is felt even stronger today, as illustrated by the slew of high-end steel sports replica watches for men and women that dominate the market.
The Royal Oak’s revolutionary design not only inspired other brands to follow suit but also created a blueprint for Audemars Piguet to continuously expand upon, resulting in an immensely varied collection of 2022 fake watches that never stray too far away from that maiden 1972 reference.