The Audemars Piguet brand has posed a challenge for Audemars Piguet replica watch makers for some time. They make them in spades, but they are never particularly that accurate. If it’s not one thing, well then it is another. Whether it’s the poor quality of the materials and metals especially, or the inaccurate sizes of the cases or the hands and joints, or the imprecise dials, or the shoddy Asian movements – quartz and not automatic, or even simple miss-spellings and bad engravings, there tend to be problems. The list could go on.
Good news though – some replica dealers have found a remote factory in Asia that has the brains and brawn to forge a better replica template on which to build. This of course means the basics – the watch strap, and the watch case. There are pictures of the resulting superior replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak pieces, here actually more akin to the Royal Oak Offshore. You can tell that the finish is excellent like a real Audemars Piguet Royal Oak should be, with the case being forged of much richer metal and according to the specs and dimensions of the real thing. The markings of the case are looking pretty good too, no lasered-in engraving like you’ll see elsewhere on other best fake Audemars Pigeut Royal Oak watches. Quality seems to also have bettered where the rubber parts and gaskets are concerned.
Really, the one main issue though is the dial design, as is sometimes usual. The really top-notch chronographs on replicas use an ETA 7750 copy, which differs from Audemar Piguet’s movement in that it doesn’t have the second hand at twelve o’clock, but at a disappointing nine. Fixing this problem in short requires some fussing with the movement that would threaten its integrity to keep time perfectly.
The dial also has date cyclops size and shape issues. There is a cyclops there on the dial yes, which isn’t the case for other replicas, but the thing is, it’s not big enough to be good enough. This makes for a pretty solid giveaway in spotting a fake though. Just take a look at the date and you’ll be able to tell if it’s too small.
In the end, the development of the immaculate Audemars Piguet Royal Oak copy watch is admirable and shows potential for the future of this piece as a replica, and for the Asians in general – you’ve really got to hand it to them for even trying with this one.
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