sammy, you haven't indicated how you will wear the watch -- for work, play, all around -- so you're getting alot of subjective views. that said, i give mine:
Datejust. It's the most versatile of the 3. You can wear it with jeans to a suit maybe even a tux, although some here would violently disagree. Its shape is instantly recognizable as a Rolex... or a fake. It's the establishment's watch.
Nautilus: It's a watch with a distinctive shape that's still tasteful and less controversial looking than the AP. It's also a Patek which will garner the respect of the Rollie partisans and haters. You could however suffer a backlash as being too uppity if you're not a high powered executive/snarky money manger/coddled trust fund baby.
RO/ROO. The most avante garde design of the 3. I don't think it's appropriate to wear in a sober, business environment especially if you're going for one of the more demonstrative offshore designs. It's a piece that screams that you took a lot of time shopping for or thinking about watches, an impression that I'm not sure you want to give . Its design probably appeals to a lot of creative types and those with money whose tastes aren't' too conventional or at least want to give that impression. It's probably the least versatile to wear of the three, so I wouldn't get it if you're looking for a core watch to wear on a regular rotation during the work week. It also has a leisure class feel to it.
All 3 are high quality, high status pieces with in-house movements (except perhaps for the RO chronos?). I like the look of the PP the most but none are on my short-list, if i had one, of must haves. You didn't' ask for alternatives but I'll give one anyways. In this class/type of watches, I would consider the GP laureato.
Thanks for the feedback. To answer your question, this will be an all around watch for daily wear; something I can either dress up with a suit, or down with jeans. I agree that the Datejust is the most practical of the three, but I am intrigued by the avante garde quality of the AP RO. I don't like the Offshores- too busy for my taste. Yes, I am the creative type with somewhat unconventional tastes, which is probably why I like the Royal Oak. I will have to compare all three in person and see which one actually looks good on my wrist to really decide.
I beg to differ with bcate3: an RO is perfectly acceptable in conservative business setting/dress. An offshore is probably not. But the smaller cased simple RO is absolutely fine and I've encountered many members of senior management with a simple RO on their wrist
Along with the IWC Cousteau Aquatimer I have taken a liking to this watch's colors as well. And it is fun in a dorky way that it is a Lufthansa edition.
"This is a limited edition of 747 individually numbered pieces created for the crews, employees and friends of one of the world's largest air cargo companies, Lufthansa Air Cargo. Elements of this watch's appearance have been changed to match the corporate identity of Lufthansa Cargo.
The stop-function chronograph hands are painted in yellow for better legibility, and the dial is "Lufthansa" blue. Automatic winding mechanical chronograph movement. The movement is both shock resistant and antimagnetic. Functions include hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, date, and complete chronograph functions.
The inner ring shows a scale which allows one to read the optimal cruising altitude (FL scale) of a Boeing 747-200 under standard atmospheric conditions, depending on the weight of the airplane (GW scale). This watch also features a second time zone indicated by a hand shaped in the outline of a Boeing 747 airplane."