It was a thick Cheap Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica with impressive proportions and visible gaskets. Although Urquhart liked it, he kept postponing the introduction of this new Royal Oak for a number of years. Thin quartz models were still in demand, and this new extreme Royal Oak could ruin it all.
The huge, beefy case measured approximately 16mm in height. It used rubber for the crown and pushers, as well as a visible gasket between the case and the bezel. These are all things we wouldn’t even bat an eye at today.A soft-iron plate was mounted underneath the dial, while a soft-iron inner case surrounded the caliber 2126/2840.
Best Audemars Piguet Replica started using the caliber 2226/2840, which was based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre 889/1 with a Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module. Combined with the heavy stainless steel bracelet, the watch weighs approximately 223 grams. Consequently, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Later gold and platinum models weighed even more.
On this watch, we also find a case back with a sapphire crystal, so 20 lucky owners can admire the movement. The bracelet of this model also changed again, and the clasp looks a bit more up-to-date.
AP went from using very specific octagonal boxes for the first D- and E-series to the regular wooden box the brand used for all other Royal Oak quality replica watches. The box from 2013 carried a special medallion on top to indicate that it contained the 20th-anniversary Royal Oak Offshore edition.
The next generation — 26237ST
Audemars Piguet 1:1 replica watch re-introduced “The Beast” with the reference 26237ST. The interesting thing was that this 42mm watch certainly didn’t feel like it was 25 years old.
The 42mm size was not as wild and extreme as it was in 1993, but it was certainly also not outdated. Inside was the same movement as the 20th-anniversary edition, the AP caliber 3126/3840.
This might have felt like a disappointment to those who loved to see the Audemars Piguet grade 1 replica watch movement with its 22K gold rotor. Purists, however, probably preferred the closed case back from an originality point of view. This watch resembled the original 25721ST but of course, the eagle-eyed probably already noticed that the printing on the dial was a bit bolder.