Audemars Piguet 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01

Collection: Royal Oak Gender: Men
Sometimes, a wrist accessory can be quite "dangerous", as all that it takes is a single glance to get your heart captured by its irresistible charms. Just exactly like this Audemars Piguet 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01, a timepiece with a strong characteristics, distinctive looking, and simply stands out no matter wherever you may roam with it. And you do know by heart that those words we said is not an exaggeration at all, right?

Audemars Piguet 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01 44mm Royal Oak Offshore Rubber Clad Chronograph Automatic for men

Well, it is no surprise for those who are already familiar with this renown Le Brassus headquartered Swiss watchmaker. After all, this timepiece is one of the Royal Oak Offshore line-up, a series of revamped vintage timepieces that are most sought by collectors and enthusiasts around the world. Goes without saying, it inherit the iconic looks of the 70s AP Royal Oak family that was originally designed by talented haute horlogerie designer Gerald Genta.

ROOKnowing the watchmaker’s reputations, we guess it would be pretty much useless if we are going to write too many words regarding the details this ROO watch’s built quality, precision craftsmanship, as well as the finishing on whether its immediately recognizable case that features the series signature hexagonal bezel design or the exclusive AP caliber 2326/2840 fitted inside. Simply said, it is excellent, flawless in each of every its details, and you can be sure that the watch would remains as is in both aesthetic and functions for decades as long as you don’t get too rough with it and do maintain it properly.

For gent’s average wrist, this Audemars Piguet 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01.A which often dubbed as “AP ROO Rubber Clad” would be a large size, or some may say an XL (extra large). It has a hefty 44 mm case that is bold with a sporty flavor is made of premium grade stainless steel with an eye-catching fine brushed finish, and it is topped with a stationary black rubber clad (PVD-coated) bezel that is studded with eight polished steel screws. Encased within, is a high quality sapphire crystal that is further enhanced with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The watch might look a tad bit bulky in picture, however, for a mechanical chronograph watch, it actually a fairly thin one at 14.5mm thick only. And, despite its XL size, it is surprisingly comfortable to wear.

Just like the timepiece’s distinct hexagonal sculpted bezel, both of its chronograph’s push-pieces as well the "outer ring" of its logoed steel screw-down crown at the case’s right hand side are also feature black rubber clad. Meanwhile, the back of the case is solid, engraved with several markings including “AP”, “Royal Oak Offshore”, the series number, and “Stainless Steel”, and it is secured with 8 screws. And, for practical sake, its superior Swiss construction guarantee a 100 meters (330 feet) water resistance, making the watch not only immune against splashes and rain, but also suitable for swimming as well.

Due to its solid construction (and the mechanical movement, too), the case itself is a tad bit heavy. Speaking of which, overall, the watch weighs around 154 grams. Favorably, its supple Black rubber bracelet that leisurely bends without any resistance to the shape of your wrist does offer a decent counter balance for the weight, making it quite a pleasure to wear. This bracelet is tapers from 30mm to 18mm wide, designed to be able to accommodates a maximum wrist’s circumference of 8 inches, and it comes equipped with a stainless steel AP deployant folding clasp for convenient fitting. [image].

The face of this AP ROO 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01 chronograph watch that is dominant in Black is sharp and attractive. It is fashioned with modern contemporary styling, with a smart layout design that is opted for an improved read-ability, and offers some degree of night visibility by featuring fluorescent materials.

Dial: Zoom. The dial is Black, beautified with Méga Tapisserie guilloché pattern, and features applied Arabic numeral hour markers with SuperLuminova fill, and three Silver subsidiary with concentric guilloché pattern, Black hands and painted Black markers for the small seconds at twelve, 12-hour counter at six, and 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. A date aperture with magnifying glass atop is situated at the 3 o’clock position, in which, right beside it, there are applique “AP” and “Audemars Piguet” hallmarking that also feature fluorescent materials. Its SuperLuminova filled steel hour and minute hands are high polished, meanwhile, its slim central sweep seconds hand is finished in silver-tone. The dial also comprises a small, painted “Swiss Made” at six. And, in addition, around its Black satin finished inner bezel (flange), there are tachymeter scale, along with reference markers in a 1/5 a seconds scale in White.

Speaking a bit about its technical aspect, as we have already alluded it before, this 44mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is ticking with the AP Calibre 2226/2840. Although we do said that this "in-house" chronograph automatic movement is an exclusive one for AP, the 2226/2840 is not actually a manufacture calibre that is fully developed by the watchmaker from the scratch. Just like the 2326 that are commonly found on the more recent Offshores, this mechanical caliber is modified and finished by AP using JLC 889/2 as its base caliber, while its chronograph module is based on Dubois Dépraz. Apart from that fact, still, this sophisticated movement is without a doubt, a praised worthy one in terms of both accuracy and reliability.

AP Calibre 2226/2840: Back. Comprises of 370 pieces individual components, the AP Caliber 2226/2840 is beating at a high frequency of 28,800 alteration per hour, which means that its chronograph is capable guaranteed precision of up to 1/8 a seconds accuracy, in which, in this watch, it records intervals of 1/5th of a second while also counting the total number of minutes and hours. The movement itself contains 54 jewels, features ball bearing mounted rotor with a mass segment that is made out of 21 carat gold, while its winding mechanism works on both directions --in which, when fully wound, it provides around 38 hours of power reserve. Unlike the 2326, it hasn’t use variable inertia balance yet, still a Glucydur type, but it does feature shock protection system such as KIF Elastor that ensure that the movement would be rugged enough to withstands against your typical daily bumps.

Regarding accuracy, although this autonomy calibre has no COSC’s official certification, it is practically a chronometer grade. The one we have the chance to rate is running a tad bit fast, with an average deviation of less than 3 seconds per day. So, we guess it is safe to assume that it performs at an average deviation of ± 4s/day that is still within the average daily rate of COSC standard for a Chronometer grade movement (−4/+6). As for aesthetic, the rhodium plated AP Calibre 2226/2840 fitted in this ROO RubberClad is decorated with perlage and Côtes de Genève finishing.

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The watch does look great on the picture, isn’t? Well, it looks even more fabulous on person’s wrist --although it wont be that good for those who particularly has a skinny wrist. And speaking of pairing, despite of its bold "sporty" styling, you’ll find that this masculine timepiece works just as good as expected with not only semi formal outfits, but also suits as well. A versatile luxury wrist accessory, if we may say. And better yet, needless to say, a highly reliable one as a timekeeper, and practical, too.

Just like the rest of Royal Oak family, this men’s 44mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01 is positioned as a mid-to-high end Swiss luxury timepiece. For all of its quality offerings, this AP ROO Rubber Clad is offered at an original manufacturer suggested retail price of $25,000.00. Still, even though it does a bit pricey for a steel on rubber chronograph, AP’s watches are known for their great quality-price ratio and longevity so that you can be sure that every penny you spent is worth. And of course, as it is not a new release, you can expect to get it less than its MSRP for this time being.

Anyway, just saying, within the AP Royal Oak family, there is a "refreshed" version of this watch model that is a tad bit smaller with a case diameter of 42mm, and it comes equipped with the uni-directional winding 50 jewels AP Calibre 2326/2840 instead of 2226/2840. In case you’d like to know, its reference number is 25940SK.OO.D002CA.03.

Watch Specification

Brand: Audemars Piguet
Collection: Royal Oak
Series: Offshore, Chronograph (2226)
Model number: 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01

Style: 25940. also referred as 25940SKOOD002CA01.
Alias: AP ROO Rubber Clad.

Watch style: Gent, Casual Dress, Contemporary, Sporty
Display type: Analog
Movement: Swiss automatic

AP Calibre 2226/2840 --calibre 2226, chronograph module 2840. In-house, a mechanical manufacture movement by Audemars Piguet that is developed based on JLC 889/2 caliber and Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. Swiss made, mechanical self-winding chronograph automatic movement.

Specs
Function: Two hands w/ small seconds, Chronograph w/ central sweep seconds, Automatic date w/ rapid date corrector. Size: 11¾‴ lignes (Ø 26.60 mm), 6.15 mm thickness. Consists of 370 individual parts. 54 jewels. beats at 28,800 vph (4 Hz). provides ± 38 hours of power reserve.

Rhodium plated Automatic movement, winding in both directions. Ball bearing mounted rotor with a mass segment made out of 21 carat gold. "KIF Elastor" shock protection system for the balance. Glucydur balance. Adjustable stud support, fine adjustment system on the regulator. Second stop when setting the time (stops second hand). decorated with perlage and Côtes de Genève.

Rated Performance
Tend to runs fast, and is rated to has an average deviation of ± 4s/day (within the range of Chronometer, but not COSC certified)

Functions: Hour, Minute, Seconds, Chronograph, Date, Tachymeter
Dial: Black

Black "Méga Tapiserie" a.k.a. tapestry "waffle" pattern dial. SuperLuminova filled silver-tone hands. Silver-tone outlined Arabic numeral hour markers with luminescent materials. Small seconds at 12. 30-minute register at 9. 12-hour counter at 6. Date window at 3 w/ magnifying glass atop.

Window: Sapphire Crystal

scratch resistant, anti-reflective coated.

Case: Stainless steel

Round, Ø 44 mm, ± 14.5 mm thick. brushed. overall weight: ± 154 grams.

Bezel: PVD-coated Stainless steel (Rubber Clad)

stationary bezel, Black. hexagon design, studded with 8 screws. with tachymeter scale at the inner bezel ring.

Caseback: Solid

stainless steel. secured with 8 screws, engraved.

Crown: Screw down crown

stainless steel, rubber clad (PVD coated), logoed. with two rubber clad push-pieces.

Bracelet: Rubber / Silicone

Black, rubber bracelet. ± 30 ~ 18 mm wide. men’s standard length, ± 8 inches.

Clasp: Deployment buckle clasp
Notable Features: Calendar
Chronograph
Luminous hands and markers
AP Royal Oak signature design
Water resistant: 100 m (10 ATM / 330 feet)

suitable for rain, showering, swimming and shallow snorkeling. not recommended for diving.

Additional info: -

MSRP

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Rate: 1

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price or Recommended Retail Price listed here may or may not reflecting the actual selling price of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch. You should use it and/or its conversion value for estimation only.

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The Audemars Piguet 44mm Royal Oak Offshore Rubber Clad Chronograph Automatic review in this page is written by Rief at Saturday, August 24, 2013. The post is tagged as $10000 up to $25000, 44mm, analog, audemars piguet, automatic, chronograph, date, men, mid end, on rubber, round, sporty, stainless steel, swiss automatic, three hands, vintage, watch.

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