Tudor’s Black Bay series cheap fake watches are, without doubt, the most popular model that the brand has created in its modern existence. It’s easy to see why: it’s a greatest hits compilation of every iconic dive watch Tudor has ever made and the Tudor Black Bay “Classic” proves to be the most interesting variant. It took elements from past Tudors including the dial, the hands, the bezel and more to create what is, in effect, the ultimate Tudor.
Originally there was just one Black Bay, the Red, but the collection was expanded to include a blue bezel option. The original Black Bay lineup was rounded out, practically at the last minute, by this Black Bay Black, which has been the most desirable of the three.
But the life of the original Black Bay Black was an unusually short one. Less than half a year later, Tudor completely overhauled the Black Bay line, ceasing production of the very young Black Bay Black, which we’ve come to call the “Classic” here at Timeless to differentiate it from the newer model.
As a result, the Black Bay Black is, by far, the rarest modern Tudor, and that’s not gone unnoticed in a brand that has become a favorite among collectors.
Just how few Black Bay Black Classics are there? It’s impossible for us to say, but we do know that the Classic version was released in October 2015, and the new “2.0” version was announced at Baselworld ’16 – about 5 months later. It can be safely assumed that March, at the latest, was probably the end of Classic production as Tudor switched to the 2.0, so it, in all probability, was made for less than one half of one year. That’s quite an unusual run in a market where the same watch can be, and often is, produced for a decade or longer.
Consequently, it has become, by far, the most collectible contemporary Tudor high quality replica watches, and perhaps one of the most collectible non-limited edition watches in the modern world. Brand new Black Bay Black Classics still exist, but are in dwindling supply, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
It might be the year of the monkey, but for IWC cheap replica watches, it’s been the year of the pilot watch. After a series of well-received updates to both its Top Gun and Classic pilot collections announced at SIHH 2016, it could be argued that the Schaffhausen manufacture’s bread-and-butter fare is punctuating a return to its former glory, and not a moment too soon. After spending a little in-person time with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar (ref. IW389002), our initial impressions of the collection’s latest updates are affirmed. In both execution and spirit, this is a considerably more reasonable, yet still ultra-masculine pilot’s watch finally deserving of its name shared with the most elite flight school in the military.
At first glance, the mid-century “B-uhr” observer DNA is still very much a part of the bi-compax IWC fake Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar, with signatures like the cream-colored outer minute track sharply contrasting with the matte-grey dial and red inner hour markers – details which persist from the outgoing version. As before, the polished black ceramic case and military-inspired livery yield a rugged exterior that certainly feels as though it’d be right at home in the cockpit of an F-22 – or at least behind the wheel of a Willys Edition Jeep Wrangler, for those of us mortals who don’t pull on a Nomex flight suit before heading to the office.
So what’s all the fuss with the new Top Gun Miramar iteration? First and foremost, is how the case has been mercifully reduced to a more practical 44mm down from 46mm, which better suits the watch for a wider range of wrist sizes and casual-wear contexts. The ceramic case composition, coupled with the new dimensions yields a deceptively lightweight wrist presence that wears much more comfortably than any of its stainless steel cousins in the Pilot’s family. The decrease in size also helps consolidate the dial a fair bit – reducing the overall amount of unused real estate and improving the overall proportions between the hour and minute hands, and the information they relay.
Another appreciated change is how the critically panned altimeter-style date window has been edited down to a single date aperture, which balances out the dial with greater efficiency. Granted, a next-level move on IWC’s part would have been matching the date wheel to the gray dial, or at least using red instead of white-colored numerals. If Sinn can do it, IWC’s in-house movement manufacture certainly could, but we’ll just have to be happy with the standard, albeit vastly improved date window as it stands.
One last improvement from the 2012 variant is the stepped subdial at 12:00, which now integrates a 12-hour totalizer into the 60-minute counter, and ultimately complements the running small seconds at 6:00 while introducing an additional layer of information that doesn’t disrupt the watch’s otherwise excellent legibility. Powering it all is the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre movement replica watches– a super efficient 40-jeweled flyback chronograph movement that packs an impressive 68 hours of power reserve, which is helpful for anyone who likes to devote equal wrist time to everything in their collection.