Thanks to Dutch on-line dealer Watch-Site, I was able to photograph a few nice Audemars Piguet watches this weekend. One of them is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph a.k.a The Rubber Clad a.k.a ref. 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01. So in short, the Rubber Clad.

At least here in The Netherlands, the Offshore models by Audemars Piguet are the new Rolex Daytonas. All the football players, TV personalities etc. have one. Even when you think you are only about to become famous in the (near) future, you’ll need one of these. 😉

On a more serious note, these Rubber Clads are a hype. It seems that large watches are here to stay in 2009 as well, as this Offshore Chronograph measures 44mm in diameter. And it’s thick, as you can see on the picture below:

I don’t think the shape/design and superb finish of the Royal Oak needs any further attention, as I have written in length about it recently (in this article on Gerald Genta’s designs and use the search field for more articles on the subject). The dial is amazing in my opinion, the only thing I would change is the internalized cyclops. Whereas Rolex puts (read: glues) the cyclops on top of the sapphire crystal, Audemars Piguet decided to stuff it underneath the sapphire crystal.

Look at the polished edges on the side of the lugs, isn’t that just wonderful? The combination of the satin finish of the watch case and a few polished facets is just genius in my opinion. This is really where the design of the AP Royal Oak family stands out to the brands with similar designs.

Despite its size, this watch actually wears very comfortable. The rubber strap bends without any resistance to the shape of your wrist and the folding clasp is quite ‘flat’, so it doesn’t bother you.?Ǭ? The movement inside is an AP caliber 2226/2840. This movement consists of 370 parts, has a power reserve of 42 hours and ticks at 28800 beats per hour. All parts are decorated by hand; stippled mainplate; bridges rhodium-plated, and adorned with ?¢?Ǩ?ìC?ɬ¥tes de Gen?ɬ®ve?¢?Ǩ¬ù.

One of the other good things about Audemars Piguet is, that the market prices are a bit lower than the list prices (in contradiction to the Rolex Daytona). To be honest, I don’t know much about the availability of these rubber clads or other Offshore models. A number of my sponsors/advertisers have different Offshore models in stock, but since there aren’t many official AP dealers in my area, I don’t know the official word on this.

The Rubber Clad has a list price of approx. 16.000 Euro. However, Watch-Site has this particular model up for sale for 8.500 Euro. I also took some pictures of the AP Royal Oak 15300ST, some times misinterpreted as the Jumbo (15202ST) or as its successor. I will do some coverage on this model soon, as I am starting to think that this 15300ST model is more suitable than the praised ‘Jumbo’ ref.15202ST.

  • My main problem with the rubber clad AP (and others, probably including the IWC Galapagos Aquatimer…let?Ǭ¥s talk in five years time) is these are high end priced watches that look ‘cheap’ and worn out after a few years. After all, we are talking rubber here. Think of an old tyre on your bike/car. I have seen my share of not only worn of rubber parts on watches, but also the nicks and dings that especially the Offshore show, due to the sheer size of the watch and the wide and dominant bezel. This look does not belong on a Euro 16.000+++ watch IMHO.

    Don’t get me wrong: I like the look and wear of the Royal Oak Offshores, but I would prefer a non-rubber version.

  • Hi Kristian,

    The AP Rubber Clad that Watch-Site lend to me last weekend, had a small nick in the rubber bezel. So indeed, a watch with these dimensions is probably bound to hit stuff. On the other hand, it didn’t bother me THAT much (and I am critical on watches) when I tried it on a few times.

    I also assume (but I know what they say about assumptions) that AP (and other brands with rubberized watch parts) is able to exchange these rubber parts when bringing in the watch for a service/overhaul once every 5-7 years.

    Anyway, I would personally go for an all stainless steel model anyway. I like them the most.


  • Evert

    Hi RJ, I owned an RC and it’s an impressive and comfortable piece indeed. Service is possible as you said, I heard a new bezel is around 800 EUR. So, not for the weak at hart or wallet. But, well, in this league: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen…

  • Hi Robert,

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  • Menno Verschuur

    It is such a ‘wrong’watch (‘foute klok’ in dutch!). But why do I want one so bad then?

  • David

    I own an AP rubber clad. Something strange has happened. It seems like the master spring came unwound. It will not hold juice anymore. Any thoughts? David

  • Hi David,

    Perhaps the spring is broken and needs to be replaced. Does it wind at all? If not, perhaps something in the winding mechanism is defect. If it holds energy for at least some time, than the spring is probably broken or ‘sticky’ (so it doesn’t work properly anymore). Have a watchmaker take a look at it!


  • jay berger

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us about your watch.
    I was happy to review your request.

    The number engraved on the case back is the case#. It’s a letter followed by a number. Every few years after a determined production number is reached the letter change to the next in alphabetical order. Each watch had its own case#.
    No, you cannot change the bezel for a different look – it would have to be the same bezel. Regarding the strap, we might have different straps available.
    Rubber clad is the common way to refer to the 25940 model with rubber strap and rubber & metal bezel

  • Chris

    Hi, i have a AP also , but i have noticed a problem with the Date, I wake up in the morning and the Date has not changed, but if i WIND the Hrs FWD the date changes. also the date changed on the 1st function of the Adjuster.

    Any thoughts