This particular second generation Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica —42 mm case with ceramic crown/pushers and display case back—, wasn’t our cup of tea upon its release at the SIHH 2014; nevertheless, today, it is one of our favorite second generation Royal Oak Offshores. Quickly nicknamed ‘The Elephant’ by watch collectors, this particular Offshore features a very unique color scheme in grey and black, that is for sure much nicer when admired under plain natural light. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore The Elephant replica.
Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26470ST.OO.A104CR.01 ‘The Elephant’ is fitted with a slate grey mega tapisserie dial with black registers and black Arabic numerals with black luminescent coating. Its dial layout, is now much cleaner than that on older Offshores as the numerals have been thinned out and the date aperture has been framed with a ring.
The dial will show different gradients of grey and beautiful captivating hues. This is one of those dials where the lights at the authorized dealers don’t help at all. If you have the chance to play with the Offshore ‘Elephant’ under natural light, we are confident you will fall in love with it. The dial features running seconds register at 12, a 12-hour chrono register at 6, a 30-minute chrono register at 9 o’clock and a date aperture at 3 o’clock, all rounded out by a matte black flange with tachymetric scale and white gold hands.
The newly redesigned beefier crown guards as well as ceramic chrono pushers and ceramic screw-down crown. A grey hornback alligator strap with stainless steel pin buckle. The strap tapers to 20 mm, therefore, this strap is completely different in width —4 mm narrower at the buckle— when compared to that on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers or the 44 mm Royal Oak Offshores.
The Offshore ‘Elephant’ is powered by the calibre 3126/3840 —based off the Audemars Piguet mens replica in-house automatic calibre 3120 with a Dubois Depraz chrono module on it. The movement is fully visible via the display case back, also a new feature on the second generation of 42 mm Royal Oak Offshores released at the SIHH 2014. This automatic movement composed of 365 parts, beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph —3 Hz— to provide a power reserve of 50 hours. This 59-jewel movement, also features the signature solid gold oscillating weight engraved with the crests of the Audemars and Piguet families.