Like many watches, the Audemars Piguet “End Of Days” Royal Oak Offshore gets its name from a famous icon. This AP in specific was named after the thriller “End of Days” staring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie was about Satan, Schwarzenegger, returning to earth and walking the streets of New York City, while also rocking an AP on his devilish wrists. This paved the way towards the watches popularity and it soon became the most demanded watch on the market. Its movie cameo and Schwarzenegger’s impeccable taste for luxury watches set this AP on the map.
After the movie released in 1999, the AP “End of Days” became the hottest, pun intended, of all the limited edition Royal Oaks, and has yet to loose its sizzle. Although it’s highly in demand and obtained or admired by watch collectors worldwide, there is a limited supply of 500 ever made, making this AP, not only desired, but also rare. It’s true that the AP End Of Days gets its fame from fame itself, but this limited edition timepiece has a lot more to offer than being on Schwarzenegger’s wrist while on set. On its own, the AP End Of Days is an innovation. It has spearheaded the art of making luxury watches by being the first Royal Oak to be darkened by a PVD treatment. The watch is sexy and masculine. It has a black waffle dial with three chronographs. The numerals and hands on the dial are luminescent, helping you read time in the darkest of corners.
The strap is black Kevlar and Velcro, giving off the strong and rugged look so that even the smallest man can feel like the Governator. You wouldn’t expect it to look good on a thinner wrist, but this AP sits comfortably on all wrist sizes, and the kevlar strap helps form the fit. Personally, I prefer the Kevlar, which they used to fit their tang buckle onto the strap as shown, although some tend to vote against it. Though the body of the watch is big, its not overpowering. I love its low key stealth-ness but the right amount of yellow marks also makes it pop, flirting with your enemy, while still establishing your dominance. A couple things that aren’t ideal about this watch are how the double Velcro strap can make it difficult to wear because it gives it a very clunky feel. When it comes to the design, I would have blacked out the screws on the bezel as well as the steel crown cover. Other than that this is a badass watch. I am a huge AP lover, and it doesn’t hurt to feel indestructible like Schwarzenegger tends to be in his movies.
The AP “End Of Days” is not just a watch; it’s a collector’s timepiece and investment, because like hell, it will never freeze over.