First released in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore was designed to expand upon Audemars Piguet's ever-iconic Royal Oak collection as a sports-focused timepiece. Designed so that it could take some serious wear and tear while continuing to perform at the highest standards possible, the Royal Oak Offshore epitomized a luxury sports watch by all accounts. Featuring AP's artisanal craftsmanship, avant-garde design, and an impeccable taste for the horological, the Royal Oak Offshore was a true maverick amongst both; AP’s offerings and the entire industry.Launched as a Ladies’ version of the Offshore, the ref. 79290ST that we have here remains faithful to the original release’s aesthetic with a robust yet downsized 31mm stainless steel case and iconic integrated bracelet with the very same exposed rubber gasket and winding crown. Featuring a dark navy blue dial, the ref. 79290ST is a time and date-only timepiece and so lacks its predecessor’s chronograph function. As such, its "Petite Tapisserie” dial is somewhat unusual as it also features a concentric satin-brushed chapter ring with shortened applied hour markers which highlights its smaller female-friendly construction, something its 42mm “Beast” Royal Oak Offshore predecessor certainly was not.
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Est. value range
$8,000 – $12,000
In excellent, close to new condition. The case and bracelet with full proportions, definition and original stain finishes. The bracelet with 16 full & 2 half links, 6 full links removable.
A thoroughly capable timepiece, the Royal Oak Offshore was one of the first watches within the hyper-sports watch category - a category that has since given rise to brands like Richard Mille, and given a platform to brands like Hublot and many others to pivot from.