It’s fascinating to notice that the Royal Oak Offshore Scuba will be thought of in some methods a realization of the unique design inspiration of Gérald Genta, who created the traditional Royal Oak design in 1972, impressed by the ammunition of the submariners he noticed on the shores of Lake Leman in Geneva.
The traditional Royal Oak was designed and marketed as a sports activities watch, but it surely was by no means actually appropriate for underwater use till 2005. The non-chronograph diving watch ROO seemed very recent and spectacular as a result of lack of counters on the dial and the presence of an internal rotating bezel with a diving scale, so the sequel adopted nearly instantly, a 12 months later.
In 2006, the expertise with a particular version of the ROO Scuba for Wempe was deemed profitable, so a sequel adopted. The Royal Oak Offshore Scuba ‘Boutique Particular Version’ in chrome steel stays one of the military-influenced releases up to now.
The vertically aligned Arabic numerals of the geometric sans-serif font are coated with a yellow-orange luminous materials, which seems to be very spectacular towards the black background of the dial, which was newly developed particularly for this watch.
It’s straightforward to see that the dial of the particular boutique “diver” is similar to the dial of the primary ROO ‘Barrichello’ from 2005 – there’s additionally a big reduction méga tapisserie motif within the central zone of the dial and a skinny round groove on the chapter ring that serves as a background for the numerals.
The hour and minute arms of this ROO Scuba retain the rounded Gérald Genta design of the unique 1993 ROO broad arms, whereas the seconds hand has the ‘lollipop’ of the identical form, crammed with a yellow-orange luminous materials. Every part was made in line with the principles of diver watchmaking, which require a sign of the operate of the motion, which needs to be seen even in low-light circumstances.
The Royal Oak Offshore Scuba ‘Boutique Particular Version’ of 2006 was restricted to 300 items, which have been distributed to boutiques with out a lot fuss and couldn’t even be discovered within the model’s catalogs.
Additionally not discovered within the catalogs are the later ROO Scuba Boutique particular editions of 2007 and 2008, which have been produced in two restricted editions of 300: Boutique ‘Blue’ with a blue internal rotating bezel with diver scale and Boutique ‘Pink’ with a crimson ring.
The strong caseback of all three particular Boutique ROO Scubas is once more adorned with a reduction picture of the previous Audemars Piguet Manufacture constructing in Le Brassus.