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Lot #1442

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 'End of Days'

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Introduction

Released in 1999 as a limited edition release of 500 pieces, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ‘End of Days’ features in the eponymous Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from the same year, and is designed with the very same bad-ass apocalyptic themes in mind. Featuring a stainless-steel construction, the timepiece is entirely blacked-out using a technique called ‘Physical Vapour Deposition,’ or PVD as it's known. While this may seem par for the course today, the ‘90s were different times and so the End of Days is famed for setting a new trend. this is due to PVD-coatings traditionally being used only on more-accessibly priced tool watches such as TAG Heuer, Panerai and some others. Much like how AP set the trend with stainless steel luxury sports watches in the ‘70s, AP turned the market on its head in this regard too and brought PVD-coatings to the world of luxury horology. Fitted with an equally blacked-out dial featuring the brand’s signature tappiserie pattern, the dial’s only source of colour comes from its signal yellow hands and Arabic numerals, highlighting its design as an extreme timepiece fit for the end of days.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Service Papers

Est. value range

$20,000 – $30,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

42mm x 14.05mm

Model

Royal Oak Offshore End of Days

Movement

Automatic cal. 2226/2840

Reference

25770SN.OO.0001KE.01

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

1999

Condition

Very good

Material

PVD-coated stainless steel

Included

Watch, box, and service papers

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Sporting a blacked-out dial to match its blacked-out case, the 'End of Days' fits the apocalyptic theme of its eponymous movie with military-style yellow Arabic numeral hour markers and hands.

THE CONSTRUCTION

With traditional lugs to enable more comfortable wear using a leather strap, the End of Days features an almost-entirely unique design when compared to other Royal Oak Offshore models.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good to excellent condition. There is some wear along the edge of the bezel as shown in the images, as well as light superficial surface wear on the case. Dial and hands are original and do not show any signs of damage. Watch comes with both original straps and the PVD tang buckle.

Our Perspective

Setting trends in more ways than one, the End of Days not only brought PVD finishes to high horology but, it also marked the beginning of the era of Hollywood-sponsored big-name partnerships that countless brands rallied behind.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Lot # 1442

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 'End of Days'

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