If you regard yourself as a fan of luxury watchmaking, it's probably fair enough to assume that you have heard of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. For those of you that haven't, it is, quite simply, an icon. It is the epitome of luxury steel watches, and there's a good reason for that (read on to find out). Aside from being designed in a single day by the endlessly inventive mind of Gérald Genta, the Royal Oak's popularity has endured. And as one might expect for a model so steeped in history, a few myths and legends have sprung up since its release. Here are a few interesting facts that may confirm or debunk those swirling rumours that might have reached your ears. The octagonal bezel was inspired by a diver's helmet More often than not, it is said that the instantly recognisable bezel of the Royal Oak was inspired by a ship's porthole. While this does seem a plausible explanation, it is false. The bezel, with its eight polished bolts, is actually inspired by a diver's helmet – the kind you'd expect to see a modern-day commercial diver wearing (not the big, grilled, copper-type you associate with Jules Verne).…

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