Apologies . . . But . . . Another INCOMING!!!

Mar 11, 2023,14:57 PM

I’m sure you are getting sick of me by now. A lot of us have suffered through multiple trials and tribulations over the last few years as passionate collectors. However, the stars have finally aligned for me! This will be my third incoming in the last 23 days! After my DSSD “James Cameron” and my Speedy Calibre 321 “Ed White,” I’m beyond thrilled to share that I’ve finally received the call for my first AP!🥳

Now to be frank, I’ve been after the 38mm Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26315. Over the last few years, I have visited every boutique in the country during my travels to no avail. Unfortunately, it has been now discontinued:😢

I’ve had multiple opportunities to see the Code 11:59 in the metal during these visits. But these various iterations just didn’t doing anything for me. I also got the sense (although this was never explicitly stated) I would have to acquire a Code 11:59 in order to get the ROC. However, I simply refuse to play that game to purchase something I don’t want to get something I do want. It just doesn’t sit well for me. Then, in the 2021, there were no exhibition pieces in any of these boutiques. So, for all intents and purposes, I had thrown in the towel in absolute defeat. 

Back on November 26th, I decided to visit the local boutique after over a year since my last visit. I honestly don’t recall what I was thinking at that time. But I decided to pay a visit and say, “Hello. ” I was surprised to see they actually had exhibition pieces on display. As I was talking with the SA, I looked over my right shoulder and saw this Royal Oak Offshore and made the mistake of asking to see it:

From the moment I placed it on my wrist, I was like, “WOW!!! ” I had never really considered the ROO and was totally oblivious to this updated collection. But, the overall execution of this piece was beyond extraordinary IMHO!!! I looked my SA in the eyes and stated, “I want this. Please! What do I need to do to prove to you that I want this? I’ll do whatever it takes! ” Needless to say, it became my mission to obtain one of these and I’m ecstatic to have succeeded in this endeavor:

AP really did an absolutely phenomenal job with this update to the ROO. I much prefer the new 3-6-9 chronograph vs the previous 6-9-12 chronograph. It’s powered the self-winding integrated flyback chronograph (Calibre 4401). Here’s a view of the engine room:

This dial is something else. If you were to tell me that I would acquire a taupe dialed watch years ago or a watch on a rubber strap, I would have responded, “Not in a million years! ” Not only am I truly fascinated by this ROO’s dynamic smoked taupe dial, but it wears so comfortable on the wrist:

It features a quick-changing strap system:

I’m still in disbelief and shock that this has actually occurred. But, as the late Tom Petty sang, “Even the losers get lucky sometimes . . .

Now it’s time to put the breaks on!😉


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 By: Aquaracer1 : March 11th, 2023-15:03
Now that’s what I call an eventful month. Congrats Mark, looks great! Hope you enjoy

No way! No Codes needed to get an RO?

 By: Clueless_Collector : March 11th, 2023-15:37
Wow….like yourself, I don’t think I’m that lucky. Big congrats to you, amazing incomings and story.

Thanks, Raymond!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-21:48

Congratulations Mark!

 By: GWIS : March 11th, 2023-15:55
That’s a great looking Offshore. I have been looking at pictures of this model and the blue/grey version and I would be interested to hear your observations on how this compares with the DSSD in terms of size. I’m sure the Offshore is much lighter but, in... 

Cheers, Jon!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-21:51
I guess the best way I would describe the ROO wears wider, but not as thick as the JC. I will try to do a comparison shot for you.

Thanks Mark.

 By: GWIS : March 12th, 2023-12:43

Here’s a few shots, Jon:

 By: Mach : March 12th, 2023-17:48
Hope these help: ...  

This is a watch site…how could we be sick of it?

 By: myles721 : March 11th, 2023-15:59
One of the best ROO examples I’ve seen…congratulations!!! Totally agree about not playing the game. I am quite partial to the Ed White as well.

Thanks, Myles!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-21:53
The Ed White is quite special. I finally gave it some rest!😉

Incredible story - well deserved and enjoy!!

 By: pfang56 : March 11th, 2023-16:11
Love your journey - enjoy to the best of health. I get a sense more to come Cheers Peter

Cheers, Peter!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-21:54

This ROO is tops, and this unique colorway is in high demand from day 1…

 By: ArmisT : March 11th, 2023-16:17
so I’m happy to see you got it and are enjoying it so much!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Congratulations on your first AP. What is next on your wishlist??

Thanks, Armis!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-22:19
😂🤣😂 Regarding what’s next on the list, I’m giving myself a mandatory timeout!

Are you talking about watches or sex, Nico?

 By: edtonkin : March 11th, 2023-17:02
After all . . . you ARE French! 😂🤣🤦🏻‍♂️


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 By: amanico : March 11th, 2023-22:59


 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-23:02

Your new watch is stunning! Looks superb

 By: edtonkin : March 12th, 2023-01:12
on you. Congratulations and here’s to many more! You’re on an exceptional winning streak. Bravo!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Thank you, Ed!🥂

 By: Mach : March 12th, 2023-03:58

Merci, Nico!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-22:20

Cheers, Yacomino!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-22:23
To my knowledge, there is no bracelet option. Perhaps, you just gave AP a great suggestion!

Congratulations 👏 my ROO 44, who’s design imho remains the flawless standard, and I say hello

 By: oyster case : March 11th, 2023-18:01
Translation “you are here” so enjoy 😉 ...  

You are definitely on a roll! And what an AP!!! 👏

 By: KCLQMULKU : March 11th, 2023-19:44
Dare I ask what will be next? 😉

Cheers, my friend!🥂

 By: Mach : March 11th, 2023-22:28
I need a hard stop to recover from the damages!😉

One of my favorite Offshores, congrats!. I recommend the sand nubuck strap.

 By: MichaelC : March 13th, 2023-13:02
It gives an entirely different look and feel on an AP Offshore. ...  

Thanks, Michael!🥂

 By: Mach : March 13th, 2023-13:14
That looks amazing!


 By: JToddH : March 14th, 2023-20:56
Dude! You are an inspiration! 🤣