Back to AP...

Aug 05, 2022,13:41 PM

Well, what can I say - this watch nerd malarky is fun and never ending isn't it?

Well, I think I have reached the end!

Had too many watches to mention, but a few years ago, to rid me of this 'disease', I sold most of my watches off and kept just one (that's actually a lie, but one main watch) which was an AP ROO Diver.

At 42mm, this was my real sweetspot, but yes, it was chunky and struggle to squeeze under some shirt cuffs. But overall, it was my only worn watch for three years.

Anyway, decided to flog it and then experimented with mid range priced brands and built up a small collection - JLC Polaris, GO Seventies, Rolex ND Sub, even a Dornbluth regulator, but they just didn't 'do it' for me. So, off they went and landed a new 41mm Kermit (Cermit/Starbucks) Sub as a true daily wearer and have to say I was happy.

Maybe smaller than I was used to, but the improvements to the case and bracelet make for an excellent watch.

But as much as I was settled, I 'needed' just one more and wanted to stick with what I know in terms of brands, which left AP as the major contender. Fast forward a few days and my friend mentioned his dads watch was literally just back from service and he wanted to sell. That watch was the AP RO 15400, with silver dial.

So, the justifications started to flow - AP (check), 41mm (check), light dial to contrast the Sub (check). And here it is...

Now superseded, the 15400 was always my prefered Royal Oak, as I prefer the dial text and larger markers, but that's another debate.

It wears like a dinner plate, as the dial is huge, but it is superb and the bracelet is a true work of art. Not the easiest to read with the hands/dial contrast being pretty low, but overall it just works.

It'll be saved for smarter occasions, as these are a scratch magnet, but works nicely alongside the Sub.

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Thanks for taking us on your journey!

 By: GWIS : August 5th, 2022-18:32
It seems like your have reached a good place with a pair of very nice watches. All the best, Jon

 By: burnsey66 : August 5th, 2022-18:54
Thanks Jon.

Congrats on the piece...

 By: pfang56 : August 5th, 2022-18:39
Love the journey and the story. Looks great too!! Peter

 By: burnsey66 : August 5th, 2022-18:55
Thanks Peter. The whole story would take up too much bandwidth and I'm unlikely finished, but this may be as close as I've ever come.

What a one-two punch!

 By: Aquaracer1 : August 5th, 2022-18:48

 By: burnsey66 : August 5th, 2022-18:55


 By: neville : August 5th, 2022-22:07
Love that watch and Alex and spoke about it a while back. If I didn't get it I am glad you did, looks class, even against those dodgy tatts!!! Next time Limavady and bring it. Oh and by the way, health to wear.

 By: burnsey66 : August 5th, 2022-22:40
Thanks Nev. I had the ROO Diver for some time, but getting older didn't feel it was the right watch to get back, but had to have an AP. Must admit I wasn't sure, as I am a black dial man, so made the trip and said to myself, if I say wow when strapping it... 

Beautiful Oak!

 By: MichaelC : August 10th, 2022-16:34
As I have aged, I wear Royal Oak much more than Royal Oak Offshore. I appreciate the leaner cases for sure.