Audemars Piguet Royal Oak must be in the list of stainless steel watches people mostly want to buy. The design of AP Royal Oak is so classic, it attracts men’s attention and wins their heart, one AP, one Rolex and one Patek Philippe Nautilus, these are most sought after stainless steel watches for men, among these three, AP Royal Oak can best reflect the mechanical beauty of an automatic watch. However, every watch published by Audemars Piguet has a high price, maybe for rich people, the entry-level model is Royal Oak 15400, but for me, all AP watches are beyond my budget, then the replicas give people a chance to own such a great mechanical watch, without needing to pay a lot. Actually good AP replicas are also very expensive, most people only want to spend less than 300 USD to get one top replica watch, that’s impossible. Nowadays, almost each top quality replica watch produced in Chinese market has a price over 400 USD, and the trend is that the price will go higher and higher, because factories make them better.
Today, I want to introduce one new product from ZF factory, it is replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500. In the past, Royal Oak has a very famous model in our market, it is 15400, and mainly made by J12 factory, now, ZF also started to make 41mm Royal Oak replicas, including 15400 and 15500, their quality is also very good and has formed a competitive situation with J12 factory. Some people said that ZF 15400 is better than 15400 from J12 factory, why they thought so? I think both are good choices, can not say which one is better, you know, in making full stainless steel watches, J12 factory has advantage over other factories.
This time, ZF published replica 15500, the collection contains four models, black, white, gray and blue, the most popular are black and blue, today, I took some photos of the blue one to share with you. Compared with 15400, Audemars Piguet made some changes on the dial of the new model 15500, I did not notice these changes until I check its dial carefully again. Not too many changes, the 15500 still looks very classic, I like it. ZF also does a good job in replicating this Royal Oak watch, well, if you own a genuine 15400 or 15500, you can still find some difference.
First, the sandblasting finish of AP logo on crown face is not as good as genuine watch. Second, the movement of genuine 15500 has a power reserve up to 70 hours, while the replica uses a clone 4302 movement based on Japanese Miyota 9015, its power reserve is only 36 hours, besides, the position of balance wheel is also not correct. These are two differences I can see with my eyes when comparing with genuine watch photos. There are indeed other difference, you can tell us by leaving comments below, thanks.
By the way, ZF makes the case thickness correct, the replica is only 10.4mm thick, that’s very impressive. ZF sells their 15500 replica at less than 500 USD, almost the same as the price of 15400 from J12 factory, if ZF has a better quality, why not sell at a higher price? What do you think?