Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver ref. 15703. A Real Diver’s Replica Watch.

This time, we will be talking about the ‘hottest’ replica watch of 2012 and hard to find piece as every time authorized dealers get one is sells immediately . The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver. This
replica watch ref. 15703ST is fitted with the same in-house caliber 3120 as the ref. 15300.
Some Audemars Piguet enthusiasts refer to this movement as “one of the greatest
automatic movements ever made”. In our humble opinion, it is indeed one
of the greatest and also very accurate. Power reserve up to 60 hours.

The case diameter is 42mm like on most Royal Oak Offshores, however, the
ref. 15703 has a slightly flatter bezel that makes it appear much
larger than 42mm. Actually the dial is 1mm wider than on other Royal Oak Offshores such as the ref. 25721. The thickness of the case is massive at 13.8mm, yet
very comfortable. The usual matte finish and polished bevels/chamfers
are just perfection!
The movement is encased in a anti-magnetic casing that needs to be
unscrewed after removing the case back. The case back is almost twice as
thick as the case back in other Royal Oak Offshores to guarantee that the replica watch
can withstand the pressure at 300m deep. Total weight of the replica watch
169grs.

This
replica watch is fitted with a beautiful rubber strap with a thick rubber grain
very different to other Offshore straps (i.e. Rubberclad ones) and
comes with a tang buckle in stainless steel. The buckle is very solid
with matte finish on the front but polished at the very end of the edge
between the back and the front. The back of the clasp and pin are sand
blasted featuring AP and ACIER INOX engravings.

The
dial in this replica watch is a “Méga Tapisserie” (big waffle pattern) in black
with white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating
and a inner rotating flange with diving scale that is also luminous. AP
gave a glossy effect to this dial to make it appear as if it was wet.
Just unbelievable nice and quite hard to appreciate in pictures. This
dial comes with the classic double-baton hour marker at 12 o’clock like
on the 5402ST or the 15202ST.

The
luminova is not the most powerful, but with enough brightness and
several hours of night life. If you are a crazy ‘luminova lover’ you
will be disappointed. When it comes to brightness of the super-luminova at night we can only think of IWC, Blancpain and Omega.

The
calendar wheel is black with white fonts and the date aperture is
square shaped instead of round as in most Offshores. The date aperture
comes with a built-in loupe that appears to be glareproofed. If you
notice on some of the pics, the date window appears to have a very
slight blueish tint around the corners. The numbers on the calendar use
the newer AP font with serifs opposed to the old school font in the 5402
and the 15202. The pictures make the font on the calendar wheel appear
quite thick and solid white, but in real life they don’t look that solid
to us, especially the double-digit dates.

The
replica watch is fitted with very sturdy over-sized Rubberclad—opposed to
Therban as in most Offshore screw-down crowns. These crowns are used 
for setting the time and rotating the inner flange diving scale. In
order to rotate the inner flange diving scale, you need to unscrew the
crown at the 10 o’clock position and then rotate clockwise. The crown
needs to be screwed back in before immersion in the water. The flange
only rotates in one direction and the clicks are perfectly aligned with
the minute markers on the dial. The main crown comes with a large AP
engraving while the flange rotating crown comes with a circle around the
perimeter.

The
replica watch is fitted with a anti-reflective one-side coated sapphire crystal. The coating has only been applied to the interior of the crystal and not to the
outside. The crystal is quite thick and sturdy. It sits into the bezel
flatter than on other Royal Oak Offshores where you can see the edge of the
crystal protuding even more.

After wearing the replica watch for one full day, all we can say is WOW!
The replica watch wears very comfortably, it matches all types of outfits
—dressed down or suited up— and the understated look of it is
unparalleled.