Born from the demand of the German market for a watch imbued with the "Offshore spirit", as well as the desire to rejuvenate the Royal Oak collection, Model 25721 created a scandal when it was launched at the Basel Fair in April 1993.
In 1992, Audemars Piguet entrusted Jörk Hysek with the task of equipping the Royal Oak with leather straps. The independent designer had then reworked the case middle of the watch, extending it with two false curved lugs.
Presented in 1996, at the same time as its variant on a leather strap Model 77151, the Royal Oak Offshore 79290 was the first feminine representative of this collection.
Presented in 1993, the first Royal Oak Offshore caused a huge stir. Its 42 mm diameter earned it the unflattering nicknames of "sea elephant" and even "beast". When evoking this creation, the designer Emmanuel Gueit likes to recall that he had designed an exclusively masculine watch: "so big that no woman would want to wear it" .
While the first Royal Oak Offshore, Model 25721, had made headlines with its extraordinary proportions (42 mm in diameter and 14.05 mm thick), Model 25807 and its leather-strap version 25808, saw a return to dimensions more in tune with the era, i.e. 38 mm in diameter and 12.05 mm thick.
Until 1996, only Model 25721 (42 mm) bore the name Royal Oak Offshore. The controversies that had earned it the nickname "the beast" and its mixed commercial success (716 watches sold in three years), did not prevent Audemars Piguet from building an Offshore family from 1996.