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Circa: 1996
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 2226/2840
Dial: Tropical
Case: Stainless steel, 42mm width
Bracelet/Clasp: Audemars Piguet bracelet and deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7.5 inches
Accompanied by: Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives dated 25 November 2019

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Created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, the Offshore was designed by Emmanuel Gueit with adventure-seekers in mind. Crafted with a stainless steel case of 42 mm. diameter and imposing thickness, the model shocked the industry when introduced during Baselworld in 1993. Nicknamed “The Beast”, the Royal Oak Offshore gradually gathered interest from collectors, reaching today popularity levels that were initially unexpected.

With a production number believed to be around 2’600 pieces, the present chronograph is part of the “D series”. Of added interest, its dial displays a trait seen amongst early examples of the Royal Oak reference 25721ST. Due to unstable paint used to finish the dials, a few are known to have degraded over time, giving them a copper tone as the paint starts to disappear and the brass plate becomes visible - a highly popular feature in today's collectors market.

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