Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Homage Watch Review

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a special watch that a lot of people have a dream to get at some point in their life and its no surprise because…

The Royal Oak is the most popular and most coveted collection from Audemars Piguet. The original design was birthed around the time of the Baselworld 1972 – an expo showcasing watches and jewelry from all over the world.

For the company’s lack of high profile watches to display on the convention, the manager of Audemars Piguet, Georges Golay, asked the master watch designer Gerald Genta to craft a timepiece for the company. The result is a watch inspired by the glass visor on a diver’s helmet, the Royal Oak, which features an octagonal bezel, secured in place by 8 tiny screws on each of its corners.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is rare even amongst luxury watches. High-profile celebrities who appreciate its beauty include Jay Z, John Legend, James Corden, Kylie Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres, and Denzel Washington.

The Royal Oak’s unique design stimulated the imagination and adoration of other watchmakers, resulting in the creation of several homages and alternative watches that take on its shape and feel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Homage Reviews

Here are the most popular alternative and homage watches for the Royal Oak.

Didun Royal Oak

The 41mm watch from Didun is one of the most affordable Royal Oak homage timepieces in the market. It features a similar octagonal bezel with hexagonal screws, a stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, a date window, and an automatic self-winding movement.

Pros:

  • Watch looks expensive for its price
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Movement is a little inaccurate

Price: $70 to $90

Buler Astromaster

The 38mm Astromaster closely resembles the Royal Oak with its octagonal bezel adorned with hexagonal screws on the edges, a plain-colored dial, and stainless steel case and bracelet.

Pros:

  • Versatile design that you can wear with any clothing style
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Hard to find because its production has been discontinued

Price: $70 to $200

Bulova 96D103/96D138

The 44mm Bulova 96D138 and 96D103 models belong to the Diamonds collection and feature a dodecagon bezel with 8 circular screws distributed evenly along the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. It has a date window, an analog-quartz movement, luminous hands, and diamonds for hour indices. The 96D138 also has a chronograph function.

Pros:

  • Good style and quality
  • Accurate hand movements
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Might be too heavy for some users

Price: $250

Michel Herbelin Odyssee

The 41mm Odyssee features a decagonal bezel with circular screws on each corner, an anti-glare sapphire crystal, a date window on the 6 o’clock position, a Swiss movement, stainless steel case and bracelet, and luminous hands and markers. Its dial color is available in white and black variants.

Pros:

  • Excellent quality and craftsmanship
  • Clean look makes it easy to read time and date
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Expensive for its features

Price: $700

Bulova Royal Oak

The Bulova Royal Oak is almost identical to the AP Royal Oak since the former features a similar octagonal bezel with hexagonal screws on each corner, a stainless steel case, and an integrated stainless steel bracelet. The Bulova Royal Oak also features baton hands, a date window, and a Guilloche style dial. The most notable difference between the Bulova and the AP is the watch size with the former having a 36mm diameter compared to the latter’s 39mm.

Pros:

  • ETA 2892 automatic movement
  • You’ll mistake it for the real thing

Cons:

  • MIght be too expensive for an alternative watch

Price: $1,150

Maurice Lacroix Aikon

The 42mm Aikon is an automatic watch that features baton hands, a date window on the 3 o’clock position, a Guilloche style dial, a stainless steel case, and luminous hands. Its dial color is available in black, white, and blue variants. Its most obvious difference with the Royal Oak is its circular bezel.

Pros:

  • Its elegant design is suitable for any occasion
  • Power reserve of up to 38 hours
  • Water-resistant up to 200m

Cons:

  • Expensive for a Royal Oak alternative

Price: $1,900 to $2,000

Baum & Mercier Riviera

The 43mm chronograph watch from Baum & Mercier features a thick dodecagonal bezel with four large screws on the edges. It also has a date display, 3 chronograph subdials, a Swiss automatic movement, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Pros:

  • Simple but elegant look makes it a good alternative to the Royal Oak
  • Made of high-quality parts
  • Accurate hand movements
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Too much noise on the design may make it hard for some to read time
  • Discontinued, making it hard to find

Price: $2,500 to $3,900

Omega Constellation

The 38mm Constellation features a circular bezel which is contrary to the Royal Oak’s octagonal shape. However, the stainless steel case and band has a similar built to that of the Royal Oak which is why this watch can be considered an alternative timepiece. The Omega Constellation also features a self-winding automatic Swiss movement, a date window, luminous hands and markers, and a bezel labeled with Roman numerals to mark the hour indices.

Pros:

  • Very classy look, superb quality, and impeccable craftsmanship
  • Accurate hand movements
  • Power reserve up to 60 hours
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • Its expensive price tag is not for everyone

Price: $3,700

IWC Ingenieur Automatic

The 40mm Ingenieur looks similar to the Royal Oak mainly because Gerald Genta also designed the watch for IWC. The Ingenieur features a self-winding automatic movement, a stainless steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire, luminescent markers and hands, and a circular bezel embellished with screws just like the Royal Oak.

Pros:

  • Simple but elegant look makes it a good alternative to the Royal Oak
  • Water-resistant up to 120m

Cons:

  • Expensive and not for those looking for a budget watch

Price: $4,750 to $5,250

Bulgari Octo

The 41mm automatic watch from Bulgari features an octagon-shaped dial that’s surrounded by a circular bezel. The Octo features a date window, a Calibre BLV193 self-winding movement, a stainless steel band, and a titanium casing.

Pros:

  • Power reserve of up to 50 hours
  • Water-resistant up to 100m

Cons:

  • None

Price: $7,500

Conclusion

The Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet is an iconic timepiece due to its design. Its simple but luxurious look attracted the eyes of many celebrities and prominent figures around the world.

Its octagonal bezel also inspired many watchmakers to create alternative and homage timepieces that are more affordable and accessible to the public. Look for one of the watches we’ve listed above if you want to wear something that closely resembles the Royal Oak.