Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm – Small is Big News

Although the dispatch of  Code 11.59 and the ensuing downpour of responses practically overshadowed different oddities of the brand during the SIHH 2019, Audemars Piguet had a few treats at its disposal, including this 38mm Royal Oak Chronograph. As yet unchanged watch as the current 41mm Royal Oak Chronograph however 3mm more modest, actually fueled by a similar programmed chronograph development, the new 38mm Royal Oak Chronograph is out to vanquish people wrists the same. Three variants, one in rose gold and two in hardened steel, were introduced at the SIHH 2019 – and deciding by the positive responses up until now, this size may all around become a normal individual from the Royal Oak Chronograph family. 

Designed by Gérald Genta in 1972, the Royal Oak made ready for the ascent of the extravagance sports watch kind. A 39mm hardened steel watch for men costing so a lot or in excess of a gold dress watch, the Royal Oak highlighted a commanding octagonal bezel, uncovered hexagonal screws, a guilloché “tapisserie dial”, an incorporated steel arm band and a revolutionary modern edge. The rest is history. At the point when the 39mm Royal Oak accepted a chronograph complication in 1998, it was fitted with a base Frédéric Piguet programmed segment wheel chronograph development with date. As designs change, so watch sizes, and the first 39mm Royal Oak Chronograph was supplanted with the 41mm model in 2012 . Truth be told, the 41mm form was the lone RO Chronograph in the line-up, until the 38mm made its introduction this year – close by the new 3-hand Selfwinding model, reference 15500ST .

Smaller sizes are huge today

Three millimeters are a universe in the realm of watchmaking and have a tremendous effect in how a watch sits on the wrist. For men with more modest wrist sizes and for ladies who couldn’t imagine anything better than to wear a famous games watch that doesn’t resemble a flying circle on their wrists, 38mm is a triumphant size. The renaissance of vintage-styled and measured watches – combined with an overall interest for more modest watch sizes – has incited a reaction from practically all the top Maisons:  Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 36mm and Historiques American 1921 , Breitling Navitimer 38mm , Patek Philippe Calatrava 37.5mm , Oris Diver 36mm , etc…

The new 38mm case includes the differentiating matte silk brushed surfaces and cleaned regions that are a particular characteristic of the RO case. Inconspicuous subtleties like the cleaned chronograph pushers housed in hexagonal-formed and brushed pusher monitors, and the cleaned slope of the bezel, go far in building up the extravagance idea of this watch. Albeit the case size has been decreased by 3mm, the thickness of 11mm remaining parts as before as the 41mm model. On the wrist, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm positively comes across as more compact, yet in fact, it additionally feels somewhat chunkier – despite the fact that the all out stature is 11mm on the two models, we have here an alternate width/tallness ratio.

New dial combinations

The 18k pink gold model comes with a silver-conditioned dial embellished with the notable “Grande Tapisserie” (otherwise known as waffle or chequerboard) design and with pink gold-shaded sub-dials and coordinating section ring. The chronograph counters and the little seconds are snailed, and the markings and hands are dark. The applied rod hour markers and fit are produced using pink gold or white gold, contingent upon the case material, and treated with a liberal measure of glowing material.

The two treated steel models offer much more noteworthy difference with a model with blue counters and a silver-conditioned dial and a second model with a ruthenium-hued dial and rhodium-conditioned counters – a dim on dark impact. Despite the fact that there was a ton of commendation for the steel model with silver and blue accents, I love the hotter pink gold with brilliant sub-dials, and the exquisite matte brushed completion working on this issue and arm band that guides the watch light a long time from anything distantly sparkly or blingy.

Calibre 2385

The development found in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm is a similar one utilized in the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm, a changed Frédérique Piguet 1185 ébauche that has been the foundation of this chronograph for quite a long time. A very good quality programmed segment wheel chronograph development previously delivered by Frédéric Piguet in 1988 and utilized all through the business, the magnificence of this base type is its lean profile of simply 5.5mm. Albeit the caseback is fixed, the rotor is created in 18k gold. The development wavers at 21,600vph/3Hz and offers a force supply of 42 hours. The unavoidable issue is: will AP be preparing its Royal Oak Chronographs with its hitting new in-house 4400 chronograph type , which made its presentation in the Code 11.59 assortment? Assuming this is the case, when?


I concur with Audemars Piguet’s situating of this 38mm model as a watch that “will engage the two people”. All things considered, not all men are constructed like Arnold Schwarzenegger and not all ladies long for jewels, blossoms and hearts – which is the reason a 38mm ROC will engage men with more modest wrist sizes and to ladies who appreciate the presence of a genuine extravagance sports symbol on their wrist. As a dedicated fan of the Royal Oak, it won’t be long until my lottery ticket wins or I strike oil in the area, so kindly put my name down for a 38mm pink gold Royal Oak Chronograph.

To better comprehend our point, here are a few shots of the watch worn on a man’s wrist (somewhat little, at approx 17.5mm) and on a woman’s wrist.


The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph 38mm in tempered steel retails for EUR 24,200 and the rose gold rendition for EUR 53,500. Each of the three models are shop restrictive. For more data, kindly visit .