12 Jul 2011

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26300ST.OO.1110ST.03

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Written by Danielle Holgate

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26300ST.00.1110ST.03

Royal Oak Chronograph in Stainless Steel and a Black dial


Are you a man that likes robots? Do you like futuristic looking things that have nifty buttons, are shiny, and have a cool shape? How about practicality? Do you want your gizmo from the future to be productive? How about the quality and the desirability of your gadget? You want it to be top notch and be the envy of all, right? Well, consider the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph watch for men.


This timepiece looks like something Tom Cruise’s character in the movie, Minority Report would wear while being a badass and trying to survive an ultra-modernistic,  corrupt government. The Royal Oak Chronograph’s hexagonal shape secured down by 8 screws, makes it easily distinct from other watches’ designs. The case and bracelet are made of a brushed and polished Stainless Steel finish with bevel edges.  Case Diameter is 39mm by 49.5mm including lugs, and the case thickness is 11mm. A Push Button Fold-over Clasp secures the bracelet around your wrist.  The dial is Metallic Black with an engraved tapestry “waffle” design, and has a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock position.  The crystal protecting the dial is made of Scratch Resistant Sapphire. The hour markers and hands are of applied silver toned index with a luminescent fill. The watch also contains 37 Jewels.


Other functions of the Royal Oak Chronograph include automatic movement, a 12 hour stopwatch, and self-winding Chronograph. It also has an AP Caliber of 2385 beats at 21,600 vph. The approximate power reserve is 40 hours and it has a water resistance of 50m/ 165 ft.


Pros: the watch contains 37 jewels that aren’t highly visible. This could be a good thing since many men would rather not show off the bling, but the jewels add monetary value besides fashion value to the watch.  The watch has many useful functions: hour, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, and water resistance. It also comes with a warranty.

Cons: Metal watches usually start off cold and take awhile to warm up, so some may find the chill factor a little uncomfortable. Two buttons for the stopwatch stick out quite a bit on the right side that can get caught on things. The watch costs $15,525 and to me, the value isn’t super apparent, visibly. The watches all-steel finish doesn’t make it look like a watch that would cost up to $20,700.

So who should own this watch? Men who like to be discreet about their wealth perhaps, or men who like the hexagonal shape, all-Stainless Steel material, and chronographs that give it a polished and futuristic appearance. The variations to the Royal Oak Chronograph 2600STOO1110ST03 by Audemars Piguet you can get, are mostly based on dial color and other color details inside the watch. You can get it with a dial color difference of:  blue, white, or brown.

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