It was the design that made Gerald Genta's career and remains, without question, the most celebrated collection in Audemars Piguet's near 145-year long history.
In 1993, the Royal Oak line expanded to include the Offshore Chronograph, which drove the bulk of sales for AP in the past few decades. Debatably, the Offshore is responsible for carrying AP into the 21st century and ushering it into the powerhouse position in which it exists today.
Housed in a substantial 42mm stainless steel case with a non-luminous white mega-tappisserie dial, this particular Offshore ref. 26470ST is an immediate attention-grabber: Oversized Arabic indices combined with a matching handset, a tri-register chronograph layout and black printing all come together to give a look at once tactical and fashionable. Complementing the industrial vibe is the signature octagonal Royal Oak screwed bezel, plus an inner tachymeter scale and matching black crown and pushers.
A sapphire crystal and integrated brown leather strap with hidden, signed deployant clasp complete the picture of one of the coolest timepieces AP has ever released — and this is to say nothing of the in-house automatic Calibre 3126/3840 ticking away within, providing 50 hours of power reserve.
In untouched condition throughout and showing only normal wear, this Offshore from the 2010s includes its instruction booklet, warranty authentication and registration certificate booklet, and serialized hangtag.
If you aren’t afraid of chrono with character, then this is the watch for you!
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