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Original article by Nick Kenyon on Wristcheck.com

If you appreciate what the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has to offer, but are hunting something slightly different, these are your best alternatives.

When the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was first released in 1972, it marked the dawn of a new chapter in watchmaking: the stainless steel luxury sports watch. More than half a century later it remains coveted by watch collectors worldwide, with almost every major watchmaker offering their own interpretation of the now-ubiquitous integrated bracelet design. 

The near-universal appeal of the Royal Oak is thanks to several different elements that come together in the watch. Not only is there an everyday, hard-wearing appeal that comes with a timepiece hewn in stainless steel, but the Gerald Genta-designed integrated case and bracelet offer a supreme level of comfort on the wrist. 

Fortunately for enthusiasts today, the range of watches that draw some level of inspiration from the original Royal Oak are almost endless. So if you’re hunting for a Royal Oak-esque timepiece to add to the collection, here are some of the best alternatives to the iconic Audemars Piguet sports watch on the market today. 

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The Best Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Alternatives For a Seriously Sleek Sports Watch

The eye-catching red dial of this watch has been expertly finished with écailles de poisson guilloché by Master Cheng Yu Cai

If you’re hunting for a Royal Oak alternative that’s a little more off the beaten path, this attractive collaboration between Atelier Wen and the Wei Koh-founded watch-collecting magazine Revolution should be of interest. Crafted from 40mm of titanium, the star of the show is the eye-catching red dial that has been expertly finished by Master Cheng Yucai with écailles de poisson guilloché. Limited to just 100 pieces worldwide, this reference also enjoys 100m of water resistance and 41 hours of power reserve when fully wound.  

This article has been modified for brevity's sake.

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