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 Men's Chronograph - 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Men's Chronograph - 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01
  • Brand Audemars Piguet
  • Model number 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01
  • Gender Mens
  • Series Royal Oak Offshore
  • Movement Automatic

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Homage Reviews

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

Parnis 41MM Royal Oak Homage

Ths Parnis Royal Oak watch is a little-known diamond in the rough for punters who love the AP feel without the massive price tag. it has an Automatic Self-Winding Movement and It looks exactly like an Audemars Piguet. it has a synthetic sapphire protective glass (anti-scratch) and quality stainless steel case and bracelet.

Parnis 41mm Black Dial Gold Pointer Stainless Steel Band Sapphire Miyota 8215 Self-Winding Movement Men's Watch
  • WATCH MOVEMENT:Japan 21 Jewels...
  • WATCH DIAL:Black Sterile Dial With...
  • WATCH CASE:Solid 316L Stainless...
  • WATCH FUNCTION:Date Display At 3...
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE:We provide our...

Pros

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Very similar shape
  • Stainless steel high quality case and bracelet
  • Date setting

Cons

  • Not Water resistant

 

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

Louis XVI Le Souverain l’acier l’or Noir

Louis XVI is a Swiss made masterpiece with a day, date and moonphase dials. The 5 year international warranty should give anyone serious watch enthusiast the confidence to pick up this amazing looking watch.

With only 1000 pieces made in the entire world, its look is a homage of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak bezel. Made from stainless steel and a sapphire completely scratch proof glass and water resistant, the Louis XVI is a solid watch for a fraction of the cost to enjoy your own royal oak styled watch.

Louis XVI Men's-Watch Le Souverain l'acier l'or Noir Swiss Made Moonphase Analog Quartz Stainless Steel Gold 626
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Louis XVI Men's-Watch Le Souverain l'acier l'or Noir Swiss Made Moonphase Analog Quartz Stainless Steel Gold 626
  • SWISS MADE - Ensures a standard of...
  • LIMITED EDITION - Each model is...
  • SCRATCH-PROOF & WATER RESISTANT -...
  • 316-L STAINLESS STEEL - Use of...
  • SWISS QUARTZ MOVEMENT - Unmatched...
Louis XVI Men's-Watch Le Souverain l'or Noir Swiss Made Moonphase Analog Quartz Leather Black 521
  • SWISS MADE - Ensures a standard of...
  • LIMITED EDITION - Each model is...
  • SCRATCH-PROOF & WATER RESISTANT -...
  • 316-L STAINLESS STEEL - Use of...
  • SWISS QUARTZ MOVEMENT - Unmatched...

Pros

  • Swiss quarts movement for accurate time
  • Date, date and moonphase function
  • 50 meter water resistant
  • 5 year international warranty

Cons

  • Objectively pricy
  • Not an every occasion wearer

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

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.

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Bulova Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: 98D103)
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Bulova Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color:Silver-Toned (Model: 98D103)
  • Due to a recent redesign by Bulova,...
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet...
  • Flat mineral crystal and with...
  • Silver-Tone hour, minute, and...
  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100...

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Might be too heavy for some users

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

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.

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Bulova Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color:Grey (Model: 98D142)
  • From the Men's Diamonds Collection
  • New 6-hand chronograph in matte...
  • Analog-quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 44mm
  • Water resistant to 100m (330ft): in...

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • MIght be too expensive for an alternative watch

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.

Maurice Lacroix AIKON Mens Chronograph Design Highlight
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Maurice Lacroix AIKON Mens Chronograph Design Highlight
  • Case
  • - Case Material: Stainless Steel...
  • - Case Shape: Tonneau
  • - Case Colour: Silver
  • - Bezel made of: Stainless Steel...

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

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.

Baume & Mercier Men's 8723 Riviera Chronograph Date Watch
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Baume & Mercier Men's 8723 Riviera Chronograph Date Watch
  • Quality Swiss Automatic movement;...
  • Scratch-resistant-sapphire crystal
  • Case diameter: 43 mm, rotating...
  • Stainless-steel case; Black dial;...
  • Water-resistant to 660 feet (200 M)

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

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.

Omega Constellation Mens Watch 123.10.38.21.02.001
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Omega Constellation Mens Watch 123.10.38.21.02.001
  • Self-Winding Movement with 60 Hour...
  • Water Resistant to 100 Meters
  • Guaranteed 100% Authentic

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

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.

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Silver Dial Rubber Strap Automatic Mens Watch IW386501
  • Pre-Owned IWC Ingenieur IW3865-01...
  • This watch is Certified Pre-Owned...
  • Comes with Papers/Service Papers
  • Watch Year : . All images shown are...
  • Watch comes with 15-month warranty

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

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

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.