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Old 14 January 2020, 12:18 AM   #1
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15300 Would you ?

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ok big Rolex / PP fan

but wanting a change so AP RO it is I think

I cant get away with the 15400/ 15500 as just too big for me

will a 15300 wear similar to a 2005 Sub ? or is it bigger ?

they do look exquisite
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Old 14 January 2020, 12:34 AM   #2
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Hi All

ok big Rolex / PP fan

but wanting a change so AP RO it is I think

I cant get away with the 15400/ 15500 as just too big for me

will a 15300 wear similar to a 2005 Sub ? or is it bigger ?

they do look exquisite
I'd look at the 15450.
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Old 14 January 2020, 12:37 AM   #3
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15300 Would you ?

The 15300 is a PHENOMENAL watch ó and (to me) is the perfect size - the 39mm embodies the more traditional AP style.

Having said that It doesnít wear anything like a sub - in terms of size, comfort etc. The bracelet is VERY different as well - and will take some getting used to - especially compared to Rolex.

(I am a BIG AP fan - and Patek as well)

I would highly recommend the 300 over the 4/500s.

The 450 is an option too...




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Old 14 January 2020, 12:40 AM   #4
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Absolutely. Best RO in my opinion. I often teeter on the jumbo over this but in the end, its just perfect for me.

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Old 14 January 2020, 12:52 AM   #5
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Absolutely. Best RO in my opinion. I often teeter on the jumbo over this but in the end, its just perfect for me.

wow that looks fantastic
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Old 14 January 2020, 12:53 AM   #6
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Absolutely. Best RO in my opinion. I often teeter on the jumbo over this but in the end, its just perfect for me.





Great shot! Iíve still been unable to see a 15300 in person, but itís clear that itís the sweet spot.


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Old 14 January 2020, 02:21 AM   #7
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15300 is definitely the way to go.. feels a lot more solid (to me) than a 15202 too...
Screw in crown, water resistant, quickset date, thicker and wel proportioned case and bracelet...

I had the blue one, but now actually prefer the black as it is the only 15300 dial that has a sunburst effect...





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Old 14 January 2020, 04:49 AM   #8
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I had the blue one, but now actually prefer the black as it is the only 15300 dial that has a sunburst effect...

I didn't know the black had the sunburst effect. I sometimes miss the sunburst on my blue dial RO
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Old 14 January 2020, 04:56 AM   #9
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15300 Would you ?

Best AP Royal Oak imho.



Screw crown, more solid and second hand make it more appealing to me than the 15202. Love the Stern FrŤres dials as well. Also, it is possible to get both black and white dials from AP so you can change up the look.



The watch wears differently from Rolex pro models, as the bracelet is rounder on the wrist.



Unless you have a very small wrist I would not even consider a 15450, imho it wonít wear like a RO was intended.



Condition is critical but a mint AP serviced box papers is actually a tremendous buy considering how much better suited it is to most people than the 41mm versions.


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Old 14 January 2020, 07:29 AM   #10
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I agree with all the points mentioned here. Itís an outstanding reference that retains the history of the original royal oak in size/proportions but adds some very useful modern features.




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Old 14 January 2020, 09:09 AM   #11
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I didn't know the black had the sunburst effect. I sometimes miss the sunburst on my blue dial RO


As did I. The black dials of the 15300, 15400 and 15500 are all the same.
Below is a pic of my 15300 next to a new 15500 so you can see the dials are identical.

Please also note the disproportionate size of the 15500’s bezel in combination with the dial and the markers. (Too thin?) I believe this pic really shows the 15300’s proportions are best of all royal oaks, even the vintage ones. (IMO)

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Old 14 January 2020, 11:01 AM   #12
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As did I. The black dials of the 15300, 15400 and 15500 are all the same.
Below is a pic of my 15300 next to a new 15500 so you can see the dials are identical.

Please also note the disproportionate size of the 15500ís bezel in combination with the dial and the markers. (Too thin?) I believe this pic really shows the 15300ís proportions are best of all royal oaks, even the vintage ones. (IMO)

Good assessment. Completely agree.
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Old 14 January 2020, 11:05 AM   #13
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I love the silver dial 15400 but not the matte white that’s on the 15300. If you could have the 15300 size with the silver dial of the 15400 I’d be a taker.
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Old 14 January 2020, 01:21 PM   #14
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The 15300 is a great piece and a great size.


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Old 14 January 2020, 01:45 PM   #15
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As did I. The black dials of the 15300, 15400 and 15500 are all the same.
Below is a pic of my 15300 next to a new 15500 so you can see the dials are identical.

Please also note the disproportionate size of the 15500ís bezel in combination with the dial and the markers. (Too thin?) I believe this pic really shows the 15300ís proportions are best of all royal oaks, even the vintage ones. (IMO)


This pic really shows how perfect the 15300 proportions are, bezel to dial and case to bracelet ratios are so well balanced.
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Old 14 January 2020, 04:42 PM   #16
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As did I. The black dials of the 15300, 15400 and 15500 are all the same.
Below is a pic of my 15300 next to a new 15500 so you can see the dials are identical.

Please also note the disproportionate size of the 15500ís bezel in combination with the dial and the markers. (Too thin?) I believe this pic really shows the 15300ís proportions are best of all royal oaks, even the vintage ones. (IMO)


How much does AP charge for a dial replacement?



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Old 14 January 2020, 06:10 PM   #17
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15300 dials are very flat compared to the 15400 and 15450, even the 15202.
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Old 14 January 2020, 08:20 PM   #18
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So I have found one in UK ....but.....Its a Blue dial but started life as a white ..and has no box or papers just an extract from the AP archives....

bracelet scuffing but other than that ok

Am I better waiting for an all original 'Blue' from birth with all the bits ?

or would you consider a swopped dial example without B&P ?
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Old 14 January 2020, 08:51 PM   #19
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So I have found one in UK ....but.....Its a Blue dial but started life as a white ..and has no box or papers just an extract from the AP archives....

bracelet scuffing but other than that ok

Am I better waiting for an all original 'Blue' from birth with all the bits ?

or would you consider a swopped dial example without B&P ?
All depends on price and condition.
Personally I would only get a full set, preferably recently serviced.
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Old 14 January 2020, 09:08 PM   #20
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All depends on price and condition.
Personally I would only get a full set, preferably recently serviced.
its circa $ 27'000 which feels too much now I know its a dial swop and only has extract from AP reg and not papers..

the hunt continues...great watches..
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Old 14 January 2020, 09:17 PM   #21
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its circa $ 27'000 which feels too much now I know its a dial swop and only has extract from AP reg and not papers..

the hunt continues...great watches..
That would definitely be a no go for me....
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Old 15 January 2020, 03:48 AM   #22
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15300 dials are very flat compared to the 15400 and 15450, even the 15202.

Not really lol, they are actually sublime. Look at the comparison pic with the 15500 above, very similar





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Old 15 January 2020, 03:57 AM   #23
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ok big Rolex / PP fan



but wanting a change so AP RO it is I think



I cant get away with the 15400/ 15500 as just too big for me



will a 15300 wear similar to a 2005 Sub ? or is it bigger ?



they do look exquisite


Here is my BLNR and 15300 from today






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Old 15 January 2020, 04:16 AM   #24
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Here is my BLNR and 15300 from today
Just picked up a white dial 15300 as my first AP and absolutely love it. My wrist is on the small side and it fits me perfectly. Also own a BLNR and SubC LV and it's the perfect trio for me right now! If OP can find one in good condition for a good price I say go for it
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Old 15 January 2020, 09:33 AM   #25
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Old 15 January 2020, 01:12 PM   #26
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For someone with a smaller wrist, I'd also recommend looking at the 38mm chronographs that just came out last year. The grey dial is pretty amazing, you get the solidness of a 15300 and boutique exclusive.
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Old 17 January 2020, 05:17 PM   #27
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15300 is a killer, especially the blue dial. Size and construction is perfect. (In many ways I prefer it to even the 15202 because it is slightly more robust, yet still very thin, and with a screw down crown, quick set date and second hand).

It wears very similar to a 40mm (non-ceramic) sub.
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Old 17 January 2020, 05:57 PM   #28
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The 15300 is still largely undervalued compared to its 400/500 counterparts.

A growing classic, grab one while you can!
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Old 17 January 2020, 09:26 PM   #29
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As did I. The black dials of the 15300, 15400 and 15500 are all the same.
Below is a pic of my 15300 next to a new 15500 so you can see the dials are identical.

Please also note the disproportionate size of the 15500ís bezel in combination with the dial and the markers. (Too thin?) I believe this pic really shows the 15300ís proportions are best of all royal oaks, even the vintage ones. (IMO)

Well said, the 15300 (and 15400 IMO) definitely looks more "Royal Oaky", not feeling the thinner bezel which is similarly repeated on the back, thicker case, fatter markers, and prototype looking dial. I do however like the new movement but not the rotor.
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Old 18 January 2020, 01:26 AM   #30
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Not really lol, they are actually sublime. Look at the comparison pic with the 15500 above, very similar





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very nice watch but that dial is indeed flat compared to newer models. i guess it's white on the 15300 and "silver" on the others
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