Crafting a diver’s watch in precious metal always seems like an oxymoron to me. Why would you make something that many consider the ultimate tool replica watch from a softer material that potentially makes it less capable and less robust?
But for quite some time now, diver’s watches haven’t been made for divers but rather regular folks like you and me, who don’t even have diving certificates. If the watch is lucky, it gets dipped in a pool on occasion, but other than that its main task is simply to tell the time and look good doing so.
The new 39 mm fake Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight in yellow gold has no problem doing just that. Coming in at 39 mm in diameter, the precious metal gives the case quite a bit of heft, which is in particular noticeable on the light textile strap.
The combination of yellow gold with the green dial and bezel is a striking one. Tudor opted for a fresh forest-green hue that draws your attention but is not overly in your face. This is also because Tudor super clone has avoided using the popular fumé effect.
In a world where most diving bezels are made of ceramic, Tudor still fits its watches with anodized aluminum bezels. One could make the point that this is unacceptable at this price point, but I find it delightfully old school. In part also because I started my adventures in the watch world with a 1999 Omega Seamaster Professional outfitted with an anodized aluminum bezel.
With the Swiss replica Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K priced at €15,880, Tudor is making a very clever proposition, elevating the (price) ceiling of its own collection while offering something that sister brand Rolex doesn’t have. For €14,500 you can get a watch as handsome as the Rolex Cellini Time, but it serves an entirely different demographic.
The Submariner is available in yellow gold, but only with matching bracelet, costing a total of €35,200 – a very significant difference.
Looking further, it becomes obvious that the competition for gold diving watches is quite slim. Breitling doesn’t offer one, and neither does IWC. Omega has its Seamaster Diver 300M in Sedna gold, but at €23.000 it doesn’t come cheap. Granted, it is not only larger but also comes with the superbly finished Master Chronometer certified Caliber 8801.
The movement that powers the Tudor, Caliber MT5400, might be a “mere” chronometer with rather sober finish, but it does suit the watch very well. In terms of price, and appearance, the Omega Seamaster 300 in Bronze Gold comes closer, costing €11,500 but there you get only 9-karat gold instead of the 18-karat alloy Tudor proposes.
Perhaps the only weakness of the 1:1 quality replica Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is that if it weren’t for the green dial and bezel it could easily be mistaken for one of its bronze siblings. For some that might be reason enough not to purchase this cheap copy Tudor; others will love it all the more because of it.
Quick Facts Tudor Heritage Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K
Case: 39 mm, 18-karat yellow gold, water resistant to 200 m
Movement: automatic Caliber MT5400 with 70-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency, silicon hairspring, officially C.O.S.C. chronometer certified
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds