I don’t want to make this into a history lesson. You can find the background information on the first 1:1 replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in the article that I wrote for its 50th anniversary here. However, it’s important to know that the first Royal Oak ever (reference 5402) was the 39mm “Jumbo,” which later became the reference 14802, 15002, 15202, and the 16202 of today. You simply can’t go wrong with any of these because they all have nearly identical cases (39mm in diameter and approximately 8mm in thickness).
In my humble opinion, that’s the perfect size for this watch. The 41mm perfect fake Audemars Piguet look oversized, and the 36mm versions are too cramped. You will also find some other 39mm models in this overview for exactly that reason. It seems Genta’s eye was spot on when he came up with the original 39mm diameter. One of the things that set the “Jumbo” apart from the 36mm and later 41mm super clone watches online was the movement.
It was an ultra-thin one that Jaeger-LeCoultre originally designed as the caliber 920. Swiss made copy Audemars Piguet’s version, caliber 2121, was incredibly thin and beautifully hand finished by the brand. The 21K gold rotor was mounted on a rail rather than on more common ball bearings. And on top of that, it had a Patek Philippe Gyromax balance.
The luxury fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” has always been available in different materials, such as yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. But the concept behind the original was, of course, a luxury sports copy watch in steel. In the years that I have collected replica watches online, I’ve seen the retail price go up from around €14,000 to today’s price of CHF 34,000. In the last few years, the pre-owned prices skyrocketed to well over the retail price, and I can’t see these prices meeting each other again very soon. Aside from the price, if there’s one Royal Oak that Swiss movement replica Audemars Piguet should always have in the collection, it’s the “Jumbo” for sure.