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    Need Some Help Authenticating Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    A friend sent me a listing on the bay for an AP 18K Royal Oak. I was just wondering if anyone could help me discern whether or not this watch is legitimate. What are the tell tales with AP? If it doesn’t come with papers does anyone know how to date them?

    Thanks Everyone!



    I was able to find out some information on identification and dating:

    Every Audemars Piguet watch has a movement number engraved on the mainplate, generally next to the balance, and a case number which is engraved on the outside of the case-back. In the example picture: Number 25 is the sequential number of these particular model/reference. D67746 is the case number, sequential across all watches manufactured by Audemars Piguet. There is no certain way to tell the age of an Audemars Piguet , but certain estimates can be made with the case number: there are 100,000 watches with the same letter, and AP manufactures 20,000 watches a year (VERY aproximately) so that the letter of the serial number changes aproximately every 5 years. A known fact is that production of the F series started sometime in 2004. In the example watch with case number D67746: D started in 1994, plus 1 year per 20,000 on the case number will make this watch a 1997-98.

    I was also given this info from another member:

    Ways to Spot Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks

    The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has long been a favorite watch to counterfeit.I have seen examples dating back to 2001 for the Royal Oak Offshore. Back then the state of the art was poor stainless steel and quartz movements, easily spotted by even an amateur observer. As with most replica watches,the situation improved over time.

    Later examples of replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak improved upon the earlier watches by using Asian-made ETA 7750 clone movements. These movements varied in reliability but gave the watch a more accurate appearance. Still, the watches are easy to spot as fake because of the placement of the seconds subdial at 9 o'clock. A genuine AP Royal Oak has their seconds subdial positioned at 12 o'clock at a slightly lower position than the 7750 places it. By simply looking at the position of the sweep seconds hand,most of these caliber of replicas were easy to spot.

    Ways to Spot Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks

    The replica watch has a thicker case back than the genuine watch.

    The cyclops and date window on the replica is slightly too far to the right. This is because of the Asian 7750 used.

    The black dials on replica Royal Oaks are missing the metal surrounds on the numerals.

    Replicas have poor quality lume. Genuine Royal Oaks will glow brightly and consistently after being charged.

    The pushers on the genuine Royal Oak are slightly offset above the centerline of the case. The Audemars Piguet replica has them directly center.

    The rubber pushers on the genuine watch have a slightly different shape than the replicas.

    They are slighly beveled at the top.

    Look for poor fitting of the band to the case.

    Replica clasps are finicky and are prone to stick. Carefully look at the clasp.

    "Safari" Royal Oak replicas have a white dial instead of the accurate cream color.

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    Re: Need Some Help Authenticating Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    Although genuine this watch has issues . Whoever did the refinish had NO clue what they were doing . The bezel screws are not all pointed in the same direction . This is a very major mistake . If whoever prepared the watch for resale didn't know this than they are clueless . None of the beveled edges on the side of the case or braclet are polished . The division between the satin and the high polish on the bezel is awful . These are all hack mistakes . One could only guess how many disasters await inside .

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