New movements, quick-change straps, and subtle adjustments further complete this fun-filled dive watch. This year, the dive-specific Royal Oak celebrates its sweet sixteenth year with a new and updated reference. Spanning three new colorways, it represents the ROO Diver – ROOD? – The biggest evolution since the model was upgraded from Offshore Scuba (originally launched in 2005) to Royal Oak Offshore Diver. The new 2021 model shakes things up with a more modern movement, a tool-free push-button strap change, and several small but noteworthy design tweaks.
To address the elephant in the room, no, the dimensions have not changed. The new Reference 15720ST retains the 42mm size of the standard Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore replica watch, as well as its uncommon double crown layout, display case back, 300m water resistance, and time/date function settings.
Since its launch, available in “Trailblazing Khaki”, “Navy Blue” and “Pure Grey”, each version has a steel case with a second strap, so owners can try out the new quick-change system right out of the box. The system is fully integrated into the back of the two short intermediate lugs for matching the strap to the case. The strap is released with the push of a button.
Audemars Piguet plans to offer a range of straps, and in addition to the pair that comes with the watch, the brand already has three calfskin straps that conform to the new interchangeable design.
Inside the watch, we find Audemars Piguet’s modern 4308 calibers, a beautifully crafted automatic movement with a central seconds hand, date display, 4 Hz frequency, and a 60-hour power reserve, one of the main elements of this update. Visible through the display case back of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver, the 4308 is also equipped with a black-finished 22-carat pink gold winding rotor.
Other updates include changes to the dial, including new markers and an “AP” signature (in gold) rather than the full brand name common to previous iterations of the ROO Diver.
Assuming you have $25,500 and a good friend in the boutique, any one of these three replica Rolex watches could be yours in May. But please – very please – assure me that if you get one, you’ll also take it for a swim once in a while. After all, you wouldn’t want to be rude to your ROOD, would you?