AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver VS Hublot Big Bang Black Magic. Which is Better?

What if you had to choose between two diving watches from high-end luxury watch makers?

Today we will compare two luxury diver watches. We will take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Diver 42mm and do an in-depth comparison against the Hublot Big Bang Black Magic 44mm. Let's dive right in!

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42mm VS Hublot Big Bang Black Magic 44mm

The two watches we will compare will be the Hublot Big Bang Black Magic model # 312.cm.1120.rx and the AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver model # 15710st.oo.a002ca.02. Let's start with the most noticeable differences. Then we will discuss what they have in common. For your convenience, you can examine any of these collections in a new window by clicking on the buttons below otherwise proceed with the comparison.

What are the similarities between these watches?

Strap

Both watches use a black rubber strap

Water Resistance

Both watches have the same water resistance of 300m / 1000ft which is appropriate for impact water sports such as board diving and scuba diving though NOT for any deep water diving.

What are the differences between these watches?

Materials

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic uses a ceramic case with brushed and polished finishes

The AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver uses a brushed finished stainless steel case and bezel with polished finish on the beveled corners

Dial

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic has a black dial

The AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver has a silver mega-tapestry waffle texture design on its dial of this particular model but there is also a version with a black dial.

Case Size

The case size on the Hublot Big Bang Black Magic is 42 mm x 55 mm

The AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver 44 mm

Case Thickness

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic has a 16 mm case

The AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver has 141.10 mm case which is huge in comparison. Almost 9 times thicker than the Hublot.

Bezel

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic has a ceramic bezel with indexes and numbers that are tungsten filled into recesses in the bezel

The AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver features a uni-directional metallic silver aluminum rotating bezel beneath the crystal and is controlled by the screw-in crown on the case edge at the 10 o'clock position

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST Case Back
Date Window

The Hublot has a date window located at the 3 o'clock position

The AP has a magnified date window at the 3 o'clock position

Case Back

The Hublot has a solid case back

The AP has a transparent case back which lets you watch the beautiful movement in action. Just above the transparent crystal on the case back you can see the engraved words "Royal Oak Offshore"

Crown

The Hublot has a non-screw-down made of a matte finished titanium with a black rubber central insert

The AP has black, rubber clad screw-in crowns

MSRP & List Pricing

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic has a retail list price / MSRP of $17,100

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver has a retail list price / MSRP of $19,000

Discounted Pricing

PrestigeTime.com offers Audemars Piguet and Hublot at discounted prices on our website.

Movement / Caliber

The Hublot Big Bang Black Magic features the Hublot Caliber HUB 1400. This 32-jewel caliber is comprised of 180 parts, beats at 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of about 42 hours.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver uses the 40-jewel AP Caliber 3120 made of 278 parts which beats at 21,600 vph and holds its power for about 60 hours.

Buckle

The buckle on the Hublot Big Bang Black Magic 44mm is a push button folding clasp

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore uses an oversized Tang Buckle / Pin Buckle

Prestige & Brand Value

 The Hublot brand doesn't hold the same prestige as Audemars Piguet. This has a lot to do with the history of both brands. Hublot is a very young brand compared to AP and therefore will take a while to catch up. Because of the above the brand value allows Audemars Piguet watches to be sold at discounted prices that are closer to the list price than Hublot watches which one can usually find at steeper discounts. This is also true of the resale value of both watches.

Side-by-side comparison:

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Brand: Hublot Audemars Piguet Audemars Piguet
Series: >Big Bang King Black Magic 44mm Royal Oak Offshore Diver - Black Dial Royal Oak Offshore Diver - Silver Dial
Model #: 312.cm.1120.rx 15710st.oo.a002ca.01 15710st.oo.a002ca.02
Size: Mens Mens Mens
Case Material: Ceramic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Black Black Silver
Bracelet/Strap: Rubber Rubber Rubber
Clasp Type: Push Button Folding Clasp Tang Buckle Tang Buckle
Movement: Automatic Automatic Automatic
Bezel: Uni-Directional Rotating Uni-Directional Rotating Uni-Directional Rotating
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Transparent Transparent
Water Resistance: 300m/1000ft 300m/1000ft 300m/1000ft
Case Diameter: 44mm 42mm 42mm
Case Thickness: 16mm 141.10mm 141.10mm
Warranty: Prestige Time 2 Year Warranty Prestige Time 2 Year Warranty Prestige Time 2 Year Warranty

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