The many faces of the Offshore

Aug 06, 2022,09:14 AM

Today I was listening to podcasts about the history of watches. It beats listening to the radio or music, because I can dwell into the wonderful world of watches.

In the 90’s, there was no instagram. Cell-phones were cellphones and people actually had to read specialized magazines and books to learn more about watches. The other way to learn was, meet some watch collectors.

Watch collectors were hard to find, in the pre-social media era. You’d either meet them while shopping for watches, or chat with people with serious watches at at cafes, bars, elevators. “Nice Beast” was what I said, to a friend who owns the 1993 Titanium Offshore. We became inseparable friends after that, talking about watches over coffee and endless cigarettes. (Somewhere in my archive of pictures here, is his Beast Offshore, borrowed for a month. I loved it so much. It will be arduous for me to dig up that old picture)

Credit: Watch Collecting Lifestyle

I enjoyed reading posts from MichaelC (our dear AP moderator), and countless discussions on the Offshore. I attended Tempus in Singapore (a huge watch event held at Swissotel Exhibition Centre by The Hourglass). I visited the AP stand, and they had all these chronograph calibres encased in plastic for display. And Ooo, there were crowds of people wearing Offshores - the original “fanboys”.

I met many fans there, and usually, they were the well-heeled professionals and businessmen. They appreciated details, and read a lot too. And that Colonel I always write about, liked to bring his rubber-clad Offshore for me to see. 

Here are a few offshores I never forgot from my early days of this obsession. Perhaps one day, when the hype dies down, I’ll get an old offshore. Maybe, the Beast from my old friend. Maybe…

The Bartorelli Scuba, a 50 pieces LE. The bezel is bronze. Wow.
Credit: Supermanwatches 

The End-of-Days 500 pieces LE. 
Credit: European Watch Company 

The Montauk Highway LE Credit: Phillips Auction House

The Survivor Credit:

LE with some tantalum Credit: Monochrome Watches

Ginza Edition Credit: Watch Collecting Lifestyle

The stuff of dreams…

Which ROO edition is your favourite? Why do you like that particular edition?

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My Two Favorites.

 By: amanico : August 6th, 2022-09:28
Juan Pablo Montoya Titanium, which I should have never let go. And the Tantalum Orchard Road, which I never owned. ...  

My favorite is my »Ghost Safari »

 By: sebks : August 6th, 2022-11:07
I love it because of the comfort of the titanium / ceramic combination and great match with the Safari strap ...  

Lovely Ghost

 By: Cookies : August 6th, 2022-11:16
What straps do you have for that stealthy beauty? Nothing like grey which can be worn with any colour. And in titanium and ceramic too!

Brown AP hornback alligator or black rubber

 By: sebks : August 6th, 2022-18:20
The strap which initially came with the Safari. Perfect match with the grey dial ( I hate the standard bi color light grey coming with the watch, it feels super cheap)

Wow u had the Pablo Montoya

 By: Cookies : August 6th, 2022-13:24
Lovely piece. Rmbered a post of a lucky guy who bought it used, and posted his progress on this forum. He used toothpaste to clean it so nicely. Don’t see him here for a long time now.

The Lebron James edition.

 By: Watchonthewrist : August 6th, 2022-11:31
Love the two tone and overall look

Lovely Bling

 By: Cookies : August 6th, 2022-11:52
Here, MichaelC reviews this Bling Beast. Diamonds on the pushers, so unique.

Great post. 👏🏽

 By: ArmisE : August 6th, 2022-12:34
What is the name of the tanatalum LE that you posted above? It looks similar to the Elephant, but that’s not an LE. Otherwise, the Montauk Highway is a new one to me, and is charming mainly because I know and have traveled it a number of times. Interestin... 

Oo I just googled the Montauk Highway

 By: Cookies : August 6th, 2022-12:44
I wonder why they chose a road to commemorate. Colour scheme is very nice though. Here’s a challenge AmisE, I won’t give u the answer to that LE yet. Can you find out what it is?=D Also, what are your Top 5 ROOs of all time?

The challenge with that tantalum picture is that I can’t tell if it’s black/white or color…

 By: ArmisE : August 6th, 2022-18:02
and if it’s color then I can’t tell which. Honestly, I thought it is Orchard Road like in Nico’s picture, but the bezel is not tantalum in his, so I’m stuck 🤔 But as far as top 5, that isn’t enough! There are too many interesting ones, but I like the foll... 

The Schumi is very unique

 By: Cookies : August 7th, 2022-00:10
With the bezel screws becoming a little bigger and bolder, like some bolt on a car. Ah, that LE you were wondering about, is the Sincere Watches LE, made for a large retailer in Singapore.

Oh my goodness, I just looked up the story of this rare Sincere ROO…

 By: ArmisE : August 7th, 2022-00:38
that is truly as beautiful as it is rare 🔥 Then this one easily goes to the top of the list, wow. Thanks for posting.

My only Offshore . . .

 By: M4 : August 7th, 2022-00:22
. . . and I love it. Ref 25770 (same as End of Days). I love the numeral font, slender and sexy (the opposite of me 😄). It may not look it, but the strap is the most comfy strap I've ever experienced by a long shot. Thanks for the interesting post. M4 ...  

Thank you!

 By: M4 : August 7th, 2022-01:14

And the strap looks like M4 really wears it

 By: Cookies : August 7th, 2022-04:12
It’s always good to see an AP worn like it should be. I think M4 has one of my top 5 fav offshores. Something about it whispers “robots in disguise” (slogan from Transformers)

Amazing lug design

 By: Cookies : August 7th, 2022-04:05
And the fonts are nice on the silvery chariot of an Offshore. Wow!

Wonderful post...

 By: pfang56 : August 7th, 2022-12:03
As next year is a key anniversary year for the Offshore, your post will definitely spark the imagination for potential future releases and reissues?!? I must say - my first AP was a Beast, and at that time I had a choice of getting a Daytona or a Beast ov...  

Very good choice

 By: Cookies : August 7th, 2022-12:40
I have an observation which needs more observation to solidify. The earlier collectors who bought the offshores were a different market segment (psychographics) from that of today. I have a hunch that the older batches 1993-Early 2000’s were purchased by ... 

Interesting observation

 By: pfang56 : August 7th, 2022-21:38
I can only speak for myself and the community back then to a certain extent. Yes - I don't feel a lot of APs were as popular as other fine watches, but those in the know had an elevated sense of accomplishment and can pull it off with an equal sense of st... 

Excellent post. I have contemplated how to reply...

 By: MichaelC : August 8th, 2022-12:58
Just 1 favorite? GULP. I can't do it!! (ironically, while most parents say they could never choose a favorite child, I think I could do that very easily!! LOL...) The tantalum bezeled watch from Monochrome is an old SIncere edition. There were 2 dials off...  

Fantastic Royal Oak Offshores

 By: Cookies : August 8th, 2022-13:39
I like the RBII in titanium because it looks like a starwars racing ship (like those Anakin Skywalker used to race). And the rubberclad too. Those are unconventional in the use of rubber in the bezel. Those were the days, when I could really see people we... 

Quite a proposal!!

 By: MichaelC : August 9th, 2022-13:19
I better not tell TracieC, or she will think she is short a lady Offshore ;-)

I knew you would.

 By: MichaelC : August 9th, 2022-13:19
Long time ago!

Yes, good old times!

 By: amanico : August 9th, 2022-13:20