Mar 26, 2019233 views

Which Watch Would You?

In the spirit of @StainlessOnly and his diver head to head, I give you this match up - the Tudor Black Bay 36/41 versus the Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Blue Steel. Both are also available with black dials. Let's check the specs: Tudor Black Bay 36 - reference M79500-0004 Movement - modified ETA 2824: Tudor regulates it to within COSC standards, dresses it up a bit, and adds some goodies: a higher grade hairspring, higher grade pallet fork. This is all well and good but will make service costs higher. Power reserve of 38 hours. Tudor finishing and bracelet, signed crown. Sapphire crystal. 36mm. Water resistance 150m. MSRP of  $2,850
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Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Blue Steel Movement - BR-Cal.302 movement, which is Bell & Ross' take on the Sellita SW300-1. Power reserve of 38 hours. Case 38.5mm; water resistance: 100m; curved sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. Leather calfskin strap. Signed crown. MSRP: $2,300
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I got this exact Tudor (41mm) the second I saw it. Found it more timeless-y. I like the B&R but they lose a lot of value on the secondary market. Came a few times very very close to pull the trigger on a Vintage style B&R, but never did. I also prefer batons or dots, so the numerals is a bit of a disadvantage for the B&R. Gorgeous dial however!
Tudor. No question. The B&R has that mid-century revivalist case that is starting to appear everywhere now, especially in "junk drawer watches" like the Orient Bambino. Also, date windows are for tool watches (for me anyway), so there's that too.
The bell and ross is a classy looking watch but i would have to side with the Tudor it’s more my style two nice watches Tudor 41
Things I really like about the B&R - that crazy dome on the crystal, the date window at 4:30. Things I really like about the Tudor - pretty much everything. I've seen the 36 in person on multiple occasions and it always stands out to me. It's on my very short list at this point. For now, this Lorier scratches a lot of the itches - over sized crown, great blue that plays in the light, quality bracelet, similarities in the shape of the indices. It also has the dome you would see on the B&R.
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I have a close friend who is in love with this Lorier, and I think it will be a gift when I finally get my hands on the Tudor with those iconic snow flake hands.
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If forced to choose, I'd go with the Tudor for the reasons cited by Stainless below. But if I may be permitted to throw another contender into the mix, this is the Damasko DK 105. For similar money, you get a silicon-based in-house hand wound movement housed in Damasko's signature nigh-unscratchable steel. Dimensions are a contemporary 42mm x 12.6mm.
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Daisy_Cutter
A new contender emerges - although I do prefer the smaller size of the other two. I've never had any hands on experience with Damasko - have you? I've heard/read good things.
Vintage1982Benz
If it were a tad slimmer and narrower it would be perfect. I have the DC66si Black, and I have to say that Damasko's fit and finish are top notch.
Not going with a score card this time as my pick would loose😛: I'm going with the Bell&Ross, it just gives me more of a warm and fuzzy feeling. Maybe because I'm not feeling so well today; warm and fuzzy sound really nice right now.
Theroc
I know the 4:30 date wheel bothers many, but I personally like that B&R has embraced it as part of their design language. It is so unobtrusive, I like it quite a bit.
Vintage1982Benz
I like the date window, looks like it's meant to be there.