The Cheapest Audemars Piguet Pieces in 2020
Watch & Bullion5 April 2020 | 5 min read
In a sensationalised world, words such as legendary, historic and brilliant get thrown around all the time. But when it comes to watchmaking, especially within the 21st century, Audemars Piguet deserves these kinds of plaudits.
Although steeped in great history dating back to the late 1800’s, AP’s rise to prominence and popularity since the 1970’s has been nothing short of remarkable and put them right alongside other heavyweights such as Vacheron and Patek.
In recent years, we’ve regularly seen stars such as Lebron James, Arnold Schwartzenegger and Jay-Z sporting their own AP’s, helping the brand further penetrate the middle sectors of the luxury watch market. These watches are no longer reserved solely for the sports stars and business tycoons with a number of cheaper items in the latest line up alongside pre-owned bargains available across the globe.
So with that, check out our review below for the cheapest pieces the 3 entry level lines of Audemars Piguet range. Let’s get into it!
Audmars Piguet Prices: Entry Level
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
New from: £19,400
Used from: c. £13,500
We mentioned at the beginning of this article that AP’s rise to mass popularity started in the 1970’s and that isn’t a coincidence, that’s when the Royal Oak collection was born! Since its introduction as one of the first luxury sports watches, the collection has diversified and we start our round-up today with the Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
The Offshore Diver follows the historic design styles of the Royal Oak collection with the distinctive octagonal steel case and characteristic exposed screw heads to comprise the timeless sporty look and feel. Inside the 42mm case, you have AP’s 3120 calibre movement supporting 3Hz frequency, 60 hour power reserve and 300m water resistance.
As part of a diverse range, you will find a few different styling options with swish silver/navy or extra-sporty yellow/blue designs also available to fit different tastes, all of which come sporting their own colour-coordinated rubber straps. But a point to note here, these styles aren’t as common as the black/steel version shown above, especially on the pre-owned market!
Talking of the market, let’s take a look at the price…
Whilst this is the entry-level Audemars Piguet piece, it will still set the lucky buyer back just under £20k at £19,400. This price can be guaranteed from AP direct or from a number of their trusted boutiques worldwide.
If you want to shave off a little more, the pre-owned market will be the place for you with deals found commonly south of £13,500.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
New from: £19,900
Used from: c. £15,000
Moving along the Royal Oak range we actually come to the baseline piece of the entire collection, the Royal Oak Selfwinding. Whereas the Offshore Diver has the classic tilt towards underwater ruggedness, the Selfwinding is more of an everyman’s sport watch exemplified by the steel bracelet over the rubber strap.
*Model – 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01
Recently updated in 2019, this model* of the Selfwinding has some really powerful features under the case thanks to one of AP’s newer movements, the 4302 calibre. Now operating at 4hz and holding a 70 hour power reserve, the Selfwinding has a cleaner feel than the Offshore collection with a large face despite its smaller 41mm size.
When it comes to cost, the Selfwinding is only marginally more expensive at £19,900 directly from AP’s website. The pre-owned market for this piece throws out some inconsistent results but deals are there to be had under £15,000 for older models than the one pictured above, although the differences are slight.
If you don’t mind shooting for an older model, we also recommend checking out the higher-spec gold stylings, which whilst brand new will set you back above £30,000, pre-owned deals regularly come in under £20,000 – have a look below!
Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-wound
New from: £27,700
Used from: c. £21,000
Moving a little further up the range, we finish up with the Millenary Hand-wound; a sophisticated and elegant timepiece which flips the rugged, screwface style of the Royal Oak and Offshore in favour of a classic, jewel-studded design.
The oval face design is the first thing which will grab your eye, incorporating piano-style Roman Numeral markings whilst moving the escapement & balance wheel to the left so the intricacy of the movements are there to be seen.
This piece also has its fair share of sparkle – sat atop an 18-carat pink gold case are 116 perfect cut diamonds accompanied by a pink cabochon sapphire studded crown and diamond-set bezel. Inside the 39.5mm case, you’ll find AP’s 5201 calibre movement, operating at 3Hz frequency and offering 39 hours of power reserve.
Whilst the glamour of this particular piece may ensure it feels more at home as a ladies watch, the Millenary range offers a number of different styling options means it’s perfect for both men and women and best worn at a formal event given its class.
Now for the price, the model pictured above is the cheapest in the range, when purchased directly from AP, at £27,700. If you shop around online though, you can find this piece at much lower prices with bargains to be found, especially internationally, under £21,000.
The second hand market yields even better results, with rare deals found at £15,000 and then more commonly at £18,000. If you’re happy to jump back a few years though, Millenary deals are there to be found with retro styled pieces well under £5,000.
That brings us to the end of our round-up of the cheapest Audemars Piguet watches of 2020. Whilst the brand is definitely in the premium bracket, some deals are there to be had, especially if you venture back into the older model ranges. As always, why not head over to the Watch & Bullion store to see which AP’s we currently have in stock!