Two decades after the famous Royal Oak had arrived in the perfect replica Audemars Piguet catalogue, AP needed something fresh. It might be hard to believe today, but in the late 1980s, luxury fake Audemars Piguet was going through somewhat of a crisis, where its image only seemed to be appealing to the older collector, and the younger crowd was in search of something different. Swiss copy Audemars Piguet’s designer Emmanuel Gueit came to the rescue in 1989 by presenting a conceptual sketch of the Offshore, in all technicality a beefed-up Royal Oak on steroids.
Finally in 1993, following some pretty damning criticism from the Royal Oak designer Gérald Genta, the 1:1 fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore was released. Nicknamed “the beast” due to its weight and Hulk-like proportions, the Offshore was a hit, and indeed drew in that younger audience. Fast-forward thirty years, the Audemars Piguet Offshore replica for sale we have today is available in endless configurations, from a simple 42mm three-handed diver or a 43mm chronograph to the whopping 44mm ceramic grand comp.
The aaa quality replica Audemars Piguet US is thick, robust, angular, and aggressive, with notable wearers including the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, and LeBron James – none exactly diminutive. Our pick for everyday wear would be the Selfwinding Chronograph ref. 26420TI, a titanium beast of a super clone watch, featuring a blue “Méga Tapisserie” dial and interchangeable rubber strap in matching blue, or its stealthier black ceramic chronograph counterpart similar to Arnie’s. Price: A$41,000 (titanium), A$84,400 (ceramic)