Wrist Watching: Serena Williams Wearing Her Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 37mm Upside Down At Wimbledon 2019
by Nick Gould
Wimbledon 2019 is well underway, and Serena Williams has been wearing a 37 mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in stainless steel with a diamond bezel alongside a host of other jewels (in fact, jewelry expert Marion Fasel writes that she wears more jewelry on court than Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wore while watching her play from the royal box in the first week).
Serena Williams recently became the second African-American female tennis player (after the great Althea Gibson) to appear on the cover of the orange Wheaties cereal box, an honor reserved for the world’s greatest athletes.
The photo that appeared on the box was taken at Wimbledon in 2016 and features Williams wearing a unique left-handed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz. I was the first to notice this back in 2016, and Audemars Piguet USA confirmed at the time that it was a special piece made for her. Williams requested the change in crown position to improve ergonomics.
During the 2019 edition of Wimbledon, Audemars Piguet ambassador Williams has been wearing a 37 mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in stainless steel with a diamond bezel.
I noticed something peculiar about the way Williams was wearing her watch while playing, though: she has been wearing it upside down!
You can see the subdials are the wrong way up, which threw me at first. But after taking a closer look, I realized she was doing this so that the chronograph pushers and crown didn’t dig into the bottom of her wrist.
I don’t think it’s accidental as it would be immediately noticeable when looking at the time. Which begs the question: does she look at the watch for the time?
It’s certainly a very odd thing to do, and it will be interesting to see if Williams wears the watch right way up in her upcoming matches or continues to wear it upside down.
For more information on the watch, please visit www.audemarspiguet.com/en/watch-collection/royal-oak-offshore.
Quick Facts Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 37mm Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01
Case: 37 x 12.4 mm, stainless steel
Dial: silver-toned dial with Lady Tapisserie pattern, blue counters, blue flange, white gold applied hour markers, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Movement: automatic Caliber 2385 (base Frédéric Piguet 1185); 21,600 vph/3 Hz frequency; 40 hours power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, chronograph
Price: 29,500 Swiss francs