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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$20,000 – $30,000
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.
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.