This is a pictorial review of the AP 15300 Royal Oak. There is not really much to say about the watch that have not already been said. It is an amazing watch, beautifully made, super comfortable, powered by an amazing in-house movement, and best of all, the Gerald Genta Design.....
The reference 15300 has been discontinued and have been replaced by the reference 15400. The main difference? Size. The 15300 comes in at 39 mm, while the new reference 15400 comes in at 41mm. Of course if you think that at 41mm the reference 15400 is too big, you can get the reference 15450 which comes in at 37mm.
Anyway, on with the pictures of the awesome reference 15300....
The dial... black? blue? Gray?
Grand tapisserie pattern dial, just beautiful.
White gold hour markers, hands and the famous screws on the bezel.
Finish? Just look at it. Satin brushed interspersed with glossy polished finish. What more can you ask for.
Sapphire crystal. WR to 5 ATM.
Again the beautiful Gerald Genta design and finish that only AP can do.
Closer view of the white gold screws. How did they get the slots on the screw head to align such?
The lack of protection shoulders around the crown that we commonly associate with sports watches. Satin brushed finish.
The crown, screw down, easy to use and positive feel when wound and positive click when pulled out to quick set date and time adjustment positions. Just look at the attention to detail.
The integral bracelet is attached to the case via screws.
The AP bracelet. A marvel in engineering. Well designed and made. Does not 'pull' hair when worn.
The links to adjust length, also held by screws.
The clasp. Nice.
Opened. The two halves over laps each other, making it a very secure design.
The 'AP' logo on the butterfly deployment. One on each half.
The butterfly deployment. The 'AP' logo flows seamlessly into the design.
AP crowning glory, the caliber 3120, introduced in 2003.
26.6 mm in diameter, 21,600 beats, 40 jewels and a power reserve of 60 hours.
The bi-directional winding 22k rotor. Etched with the coats of arms of the Audemars and Piguet families.
4.25mm flat, hacking and hand wind capable.
The secret revealed. The screws on the case back holds not only the case back to the case but also the screws we love on the bezel.
Sapphire crystal display back.
The reference 15300, 39mm diameter, 10 mm thin.
The satin brushed and glossy polished finish of the bezel.
While gold hands and hour markers, very well made.
There is no hiding that I do like the watch. Now, only if it was mine..... :(