March 1, 2015
A few weeks ago at SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced an update to its Royal Oak Offshore Divers series. Presented as the new reference 15710, these pieces will replace the original ROO Diver, the ref 15703, as I’ll explain further. The new Ref 15710’s, in steel, follow the prior four version of the ROO Diver (Ref 15703 steel/black dial, forged carbon/yellow, black ceramic/orange, white ceramic/blue). And though the black dial reference (15710ST.OO.A002CA.01) is essentially the updated version of the 15703, we see now for the first time the ROO Diver offered with a white dial (15710ST.OO.A002CA.02), both of course with AP’s signature “Méga Tapisserie-pattern.”
This said, the more important news is that the new 15710 is that it is fitted with a sapphire display back, as will all models from here forward. Otherwise the watch remains unchanged — 42mm case, with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 3120. And for you existing ROO Diver owners, sorry to say that you will NOT be able to “retrofit” to a sapphire display back as this is an entirely new reference number offered by AP.
These watches will list at $19,000.