Featuring one of the best aftermarket diamond AP Rubber Clad Rose Gold watches on the market. This is Iced Out Audemars Piguet at its finest. We hope you enjoy.
AP Royal Oak HistoryAP’s first design of their Royal Oak line was created in 1972. It took form through the use of steel rather than gold. They shocked the industry with its price. It was priced as if it was made of gold. Nonetheless, this didn’t inhibit watch enthusiasts from taking action. The original Royal Oak went on to become a huge success internationally. It went down as one of the most prestigious sports watches in history. Audemars Piguet set the tone in the industry and became one of the biggest trendsetters in the sports watch game.
OffshoreIn 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore was released. Again, a completely stainless steel timepiece, and again, insanely priced. The 1993 Royal Oak Offshore gave way to an even more sporty, even more masculine, and even more powerful adaption of the iconic Royal Oak. Once again, they set the trend for the industry. The rest had no choice but to follow.
Rubber CladNine years later, it was 2002, and we saw the dawn of the Royal Oak Offshore Rubberclad reference. Just as AP did in 1972, they shocked the market with an outrageously daring design. This time it was rubber covering a gold bezel…and it had a rubber diving strap. This stirred the pot, that’s for sure. It was a bold move. In fact, it was a groundbreaking attempt at the time. And it worked. Nowadays, it’s common to see watches that utilize rubber on the crown, straps, or other exterior pieces. That’s because…you guessed it…AP set the trend. Even though rubber is a common material for watches now, from a company with Audemars Piguet’s prestige, for an elite watch brand, rubber bezels and straps are still very special, and very unique. This is why celebrities have taken a strong liking to the Audemars Piguet Rubberclad. It’s innovative. Tom Brady, Ed Burns, Sean Avery, and Swizz Beatz, to name a few, have been seen rocking the “Rubber Clad” over the last decade. The original Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubberclad (reference 25940), comes in either stainless steel with a silvered dial or rose gold with a gray dial. Both have a rubber strap and bezel. Now, as you’ve probably noticed, the watched featured here is the rose gold reference. AND, we decided to remove the rubber clad bezel so we could give it a full-set diamond face.
Removing the Rubber Off a Rubber Clad BezelA common question regarding the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubberclad is “can the rubber be removed?” The answer is yes, obviously. Now, some people don’t like the idea of removing the rubber clad, but many “ballers” do. They want to ice it out. This Rubberclad took the iced out route. In any case, this is not an easy task. If it’s done incorrectly, it will leave the watch severely damaged, and it will need a new bezel. Only a handful of watch dealers in South Florida can remove the rubber without any issue, and even less are equipped for a proper aftermarket diamond setting like the one seen here. Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of those watch dealers.
Setting the DiamondsNext, the diamonds are set. This is a completely different task that requires the hand of a watch surgeon. The most important thing when setting the diamonds is to always maintain the integrity of AP’s iconic design, so it must be done flawlessly. It must look as flawless as the Royal Oak comes originally…just now with a whole lot of ice. In this case, we covered more than just the bezel; we completely covered its entire face – a.k.a. full set. There is so much ice on here you need to be careful not to give your wrist frostbite.
Here’s how the diamonds are set…To set the diamonds in place, a metal excavating tool must be used to drill into the gold. Each setting must be the perfect size and shape so that the diamond fits in snugly. Once the holes are ready, diamonds are placed in and secured. As light can’t reflect from the bottom of the diamonds when they are placed in the watch, we use a new setting that allows the most shine possible. To secure each stone in place, the gold is slightly folded at the outer rim around the diameter. This is done with a special pneumatic hammer. All the diamonds will now be enclosed perfectly inside the setting. A partial setting is done to get the maximum display of the diamonds’ brilliance, fire, and scintillation. Each step is done so delicately and so laboriously that nothing is damaged in any way. This is pure watch surgery. You might not need to be a brain surgeon to manage this, but you do need to be the next best thing, a watch surgeon.
Our process is done with patience because, at the end of the day, aftermarket diamond watches are only as good as the craftsmanship of the setting.
VVS DiamondsAll of the diamonds are Very Very Slightly Included (VVS) so they are of the highest clarity. Nothing but the best for the best. We know what people want, and we give them what they deserve. This is the ultimate blinged out timepiece. It demands attention and makes a strong statement. If you walk around with this AP 25940 rose gold, full set VVS diamond watch, people will know you mean business. We decided on the full set, which means we set diamonds in the bezel, the case, and the dial -yup, the whole nine. The only vestige of the rubber is the strap and guard. We didn’t switch out the strap on this Audemars Piguet Rubber Clad Rose Gold because we felt the iced-out look and pink gold complemented the rubber strap fantastically.
AP Royal Oak Offshore Rubberclad Iced Out CaseThere truly might not be a better watch to ice out than the Audemars Piguet Rubber Clad. It’s big, it’s bold, and it looks out of this world when it’s covered in brilliant diamonds. Facts. The AP Rubberclad Rose Gold case is a meaty 42mm. However, if you take into consideration the plots, which are intermediate links bridging the strap and case, the face actually spans an imposing 58mm over the wrist. This gives the AP Rubberclad a flared, wide-body look on the wrist. The case is considerably compact comparing to its width, standing at only 14.6mm tall. This Audemars Piguet Rubberclad Rose Gold’s case is completely covered in diamonds, excluding the crown, guards, and chronograph pushers. The alignment and definition on this watch is impeccable. An iced out watch has never looked so charming. It’s a beauty and a beast all in one. As with any top-notch oversized sports watch, the strap is fixed to the case with screws instead of spring bars, as screws offer a lot more stability and security for a case of this size.
An Audemars Piguet ROO Rubberclad has the perfect case to load with diamondsAlthough it’s an aftermarket customization, you’d think this was the way AP meant to design this Rose Gold Rubber Clad. The diamonds take this high-end, extravagant watch to the next level, making it beyond wet – it’s straight dripping. If you love icy oversized watches, there is no better choice than an aftermarket diamond Rose Gold AP ROO Rubberclad.
As you can see, even the sides of the case have been set with diamonds. Cha-Ching! It may seem obvious that this should be done, but many aftermarket watches lack this touch. This increases the price as it adds more total carats, not to mention it looks much better this way.Furthermore, we didn’t compromise the original functionality of the AP Rubberclad, meaning, this watch is still fully waterproof. We make sure that when you want to wet this watch, it’s completely watertight.