AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?

When I borrowed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubber Clad from Watch-Site, I got the AP Royal Oak 15300 as well. Just to get some look & feel about this watch. Not too long ago, I was a bit reluctant on this particular model, since there was only one Royal Oak, and that was the Royal Oak Jumbo, also known as the ref.15202ST. I have written many times on this Jumbo by Audemars Piguet, saying it was my dream watch or number 1 or 2 (this position changes back and forth with the PP Nautilus 5711/1A) watch that I need to have somewhere in life.

AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?

Friends of mine have the 15202 and are quite clear on the 15300. A no-brainer, because of the second hand with the ‘wing’ on the short tip, the movement and the thickness of this watch. The movement used in the 15202 is indeed a beauty. However, I think that focusing on movement only is not something you should be doing. It should be the whole package of design, usability/wearability, price etc. that needs to be right. Besides a different movement (AP caliber 2121 vs 3120), the 15300 is a bit more masculine than the 15202 Jumbo.

One of the first things that got my attention was the look & feel of the entire watch. The stainless steel watch case (39mm) and bracelet with satin finish is heavier than the 15202. Not only in weight, but also in the construction of the case and bracelet. The bracelet of the 15300 feels solid and the size is just right, as opposed to the bracelet on the 15202 Jumbo, which feels a bit fragile.

AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?

I am probably stepping on toes of purists here, and I am a bit amazed myself as well, that this watch gives me this impression. Given the price of the 15300 – market price approx.6500 euro versus approx 8500 euro for a 15202 – I don’t know if I would care enough for the caliber 2121 of the 15202 to pay almost 2000 euro premium for it. I think I prefer a case and bracelet that are more convenient and wearable than having the cult version (15202) with a movement that is more sought after.

The dial of this white fellow is pretty neat as well with its famous pattern of the AP RO and applied logo. The hands and hour markers are made out of 18kt gold. The only downside of the dial is the lettering of Audemars Piguet and Automatic. The font is a bit too bold, and they could have left ‘Audemars Piguet’ off the dial completely, as the applied logo makes it clear that you have an AP anyway. However, this wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me personally.

AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?

When handling an AP Royal Oak, I am always impressed by the finish of the case and dial. The satin structure of the stainless steel (or gold) is true craftmanship and way more impressive than let’s say, my IWC Ingenieur 3227-01. When you touch the bracelet of the AP Royal Oak, you can actually feel the satin brushed lines on there. When you do the same with an Ingenieur for example, you just feel a smooth surface.

AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?

The caliber 3120 movement in this watch is a real beauty. The 22k gold rotor with impressive engravings covers the 4.25mm flat movement (which is very flat) inside the 15300. The sapphire displayback gives an excellent view on this small masterpiece. I don’t know if it’s because this transparant caseback, but the watch is only guaranteed water resistant for 50 meters (5 bar). This isn’t very much for a watch that is considered to be ‘sporty’.

Taking the price of this particular watch (it’s for sale at Watch-Site) into consideration, 5750 Euro, dated 12-2007 complete with box and papers, it is a very interesting stainless steel sportswatch, that still breathes the ‘cult’ of Genta’s original design of the 1970s. Given the price and the updated design, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref.15300ST could be more interesting to buy than the iconic Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ ref.15202ST.

Update: New insights! The story is being continued here!

AP Royal Oak: 15300 more interesting than the 15202 (a.k.a Jumbo)?
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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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8 Comments

  1. Michael Reply

    I always enjoy reading your articles, they are all top notch. For me this artical is special because I own an AP 15300, and I totally agree on your comments about it.
    The look and feel of the watch is superb, the finish near perfect. It is a watch you have to wrap around your wrist to really see what I mean. Regular pictures doesn’t do it any justice. As stated a few years back by a Singapore AP fanatic, the 15300 is
    “the Sublime”.

  2. M0nkD Reply

    Where did you get those euro prices? In Which country can one purchase at those prices? In France, the retail price for the 15300 is close to 9k and a little above 14K for the 15202…

  3. Robert-Jan Reply

    Hello M0nkD,

    Never pay retail prices. I included some links in the posting, and also check-out http://www.chrono24.com for sharp prices on 15300 and 15202 time pieces.

    Best,
    RJ

  4. WP Reply

    Totally agree & got it in christmas time, elegant with practical! have many collection like rolex, GO etc…. but this one, is timeless and worth to collect! i got the white one!2009 Christmas!

  5. 3120 vs 2121 Reply

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  6. Jacquejv Reply

    I love the 15300 but must say that I am surprised that they did not use blued screws on the movement. I am not an expert but feel that it would have improved the look of the movement alot, especially since lower priced watches include them on a regular basis. Is there a special reason why they did not use it, since its a sports watch? Just curious.

  7. viktor Reply

    I love the 15300 but I was surpised to see that it did not include blued screws in the movement. Is there a special reason for this since alot of lower priced watches include them. Anyway Im not an expert but think that blued screws would have improved the look of the movement. Thanks

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