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Tudor Black Bay 36 vs 41

Are you searching for a great watch that has great value? In this article, I will compare and contrast the features of the Tudor Black Bay model 36 and model 41 wristwatches for your consideration. For those that are unfamiliar with the Tudor brand, Tudor is essentially the sister company of the very successful and popular Rolex brand.

Based in Switzerland and founded by Hans Wilsdorf, both continue production today managed by the Wilsdorf Foundation. With this in mind, both collections share many of the same attributes and innovations exclusively developed by Mr. Wilsdorf and his team of artisans. For many years, Tudor was viewed as a poor man’s Rolex.

I personally experienced selling both brands at the retail level in the early 1980s and most often, a customer who desired a Rolex ultimately purchased a Rolex, even after inquiring about the Tudor collection. Tudor, at the time, seemed to be more of a stepchild than the sister company it truly was. There seemed to be somewhat of an identity crisis. 

Fortunately, with the relaunch of the Tudor brand in the United States approximately ten years ago, the brand has made great strides to present its uniqueness and appeal. With the addition of exclusive in-house movements manufactured by Tudor and not customized ETA movements, the move towards a more distinct brand identity is well underway. 

In this article, I will attempt to educate you on the attributes of the Black Bay model 36 and model 41 watches and address the concerns about the size of each of the models and concerns addressing any questions as to if these models are men’s watches. Rest assured, both models are comparable to the size of some other very well-known brands.

For example, the Black Bay 41 is outfitted with a 41mm size case. In comparison, the Rolex Submariner is outfitted with a 41 mm case and the Omega Seamaster with a 42mm case. The Black Bay 36, on the other hand, boasts a 36 mm case which is equivalent to the Rolex Datejust model 16200 (One of the most popular in the Rolex collection).  All of the Tudor models are certified Swiss chronometers. For novices, a chronometer denotes an instrument for accurately measuring time.

The official certification refers to the COSC which is the official Swiss chronometer testing institute that certifies chronometers that fall within a precise range of accuracy. One constant throughout the collection is that each Tudor watch comes with a five-year guarantee that requires no registration or periodic maintenance checks. 

Tudor Black Bay 41

Tudor Black Bay 41

The Tudor Black Bay model 41 can basically be broken down into two categories. The first category ranges in price from approximately $2950.00 to $3275.00. These models are the entry price points and all consist of stainless steel cases that are water resistant to 150m (approx. 500ft). These models are available with an extensive list of features and strap, bracelet, dial, and bezel combinations. 

The 41 mm case is available in either a polished or satin finish and an accompanying smooth steel bezel with a polished finish. Each has a sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown. There are a number of different straps available depending on the specific watch choice and consist of the following; aged brown or black leather, blue, black, brown, or burgundy fabric or a steel, satin finished bracelet with a folding clasp and safety catch. 

Each watch is fitted with a Tudor T600 self-winding mechanical movement with a 38-hour power reserve capacity. In the second category are the steel and gold models that range in price from $5250.00 to $5875.00. These possess a sporty air but are much more everyday business smart timepieces. Each is fitted with a Tudor MT5601 self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor system with a 70-hour power reserve.

For clarity, the bidirectional rotor expedites the transference of power to the mainspring whether the rotor turns clockwise or anticlockwise. They are water resistant to 100m (approx. 330 ft.). In addition, each possesses a sapphire crystal and a yellow gold screw-down crown and is completed by a steel and gold bracelet reflecting polished and satin finishes and a steel “T fit” folding clasp with a safety catch. The $5875,00 model has a dial with diamond markers thus the increment in price. 

I have taken the liberty of including the following model though it is not formally a Black Bay model 41 watch but has a 41mm case and is truly a remarkable watch. The timepiece I am referring to is the Black Bay Ceramic which retails for approximately $4825.00. This is truly a signature piece for the Tudor line and boasts some world-class features as well as being a real eye-catcher. The case itself is a black ceramic case with a micro-blasted finish and a monobloc middle case.

It has an open case back in black PVD treated 36L steel with a sapphire crystal. This provides viewing access to the Tudor model MT5602-IU self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirected rotor system. The movement is capable of 70 hours of power reserve. This particular movement is a COSC-certified chronometer whose precision has been tested at two different temperatures, six different positions, and at two levels of power reserve (100% and 33%).

It also is antimagnetic meaning it is smooth functioning when exposed to a magnetic field of 15,000 gausses with precision following such exposure. To complete the Black Bay Ceramic it is available with either a hybrid leather or a rubber strap with a steel folding clasp and safety catch in black PVD-treated 316L steel. According to the Tudor website, a complimentary black fabric stamp with a cream band and black PVD treated 316L steel buckle is also included.

To close my article, I will share a bit more information on the Tudor Black Bay model 36 as mentioned earlier in this article. The model 36 is a rugged everyday watch that shares a very similar appearance with its Rolex counterpart. Though slightly smaller in stature the watch would be comfortably at home on any man’s wrist. 

The Tudor 36

Tudor 36

Once again, I will take the liberty of breaking down the Model 36 into three categories. The first part of the collection would be the steel case watches that retail for approximately $2725.00 to $3050.00. The 36mm case is a combination of both polished and satin finishes and is outfitted with a sapphire crystal. The movement is a Tudor T600 self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve capacity of 38 hours.

Additionally, the watch is water resistant to 150m. (approx. 500 ft.). The crown is a steel screw-down winding crown, with the Tudor rose in relief with a black anodized aluminum winding crown tube. The strap models are available in beige or brown leather or in black fabric. The other option is a steel satin finish bracelet with a folding clasp and safety catch. 

The second category is the steel and gold models which retail in the realm of $5025.00-$5650.00. Each of the watches available here has a Tudor MT5400 self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor system with 70 hours of power reserve capacity. A sapphire crystal and a steel and gold polished and satin bracelet round out the physical features. The bracelet also has the “T fit” folding clasp and safety catch. 

The lower price points in the category are available with either silver, black, or champagne dials. The upper price point in the range reflects dials with diamond markers available in silver, black, and champagne finishes. 

The Black Tie finish

I have created the third category to feature some steel and gold models that would usually be part of the second category. My reasoning for singling these timepieces out is that they are striking and offer value in what could be viewed as a “Black Tie Watch.” These pieces are adorned with both a diamond marker dial as well as a full diamond bezel.

The approximate retail of these watches is $7325.00. and would be a perfect complement to a tuxedo or when being worn to attend a wedding or gala-style event. These models are once again available in either black, silver, or champagne dials. 

Tudor Sizing on a Man’s Wrist

In closing, either the Tudor Black Bay Models 36 or 41 are timepieces that should be considered for their features, history, quality, and value, given the price of many Swiss watches today. There seems to be a considerable amount of conversation concerning the difference in the case size and bracelet between the aforementioned models and how they appear on the average male wrist.

In researching these particular discussions, the claim that the Black Bay 36 is too small for a 7.5 inch or larger wrist or that the 41 is too large for a 6.25 or smaller size wrist are valid concerns in weighing your ultimate purchase. In an age where it seems everyone weighs in concerning their opinions on such matters, I believe that an individual’s choice should be entirely subjective. 

To make the best decision, if possible, visit a legitimate Tudor watch dealer and try the Black Bay 36 and 41 on. Actually seeing the timepiece on your own wrist should go a long way to helping you make a confident decision. While opinions are vast and readily available, the comfortability of the watch on one’s wrist coupled with the aesthetics and material of the watch should be your ultimate criteria in making your purchasing decision. 

I would also recommend that perhaps you make your choice with a trusted individual or partner. Someone in whom you trust their critique and opinion and can offer honest input in your buying decision. A caveat I also would suggest is not to over-research the debate of one size case vs. another. As with vast amounts of opinion and information, the results could lead to both confusion and mental overload.

Do your research, make a list of possible candidates for your purchase, and visit your Tudor dealer. Trying on the physical products will go a long way to assuaging any doubts or questions you might harbor about a wristwatch that will look amazing on your particular wrist and make the statement that you desire. 

While Rolex continues to be known for its name, all one needs is the confidence to recognize a superior crafted timepiece instead of succumbing to the urge to follow the pack. For an excellent discussion and overview of the question surrounding the Tudor size 36mm models for a man’s wrist I suggest the following review: 

Tudor Vs Omega

Tudor vs Omega

Even in the digital age of technology, the luxury watch market filled with analog watches is one of the world’s most competitive markets. With brands like Rolex, Omega, Tudor, and Tag Heuer, there are multiple watches to choose from in every price range and every category. One of the reasons this industry is so competitive is its rivalries between different watch brands. In the world of luxury watchmaking, every brand is trying to capture the same market of customers, which allows the industry to innovate rapidly and bring new designs and new movement systems to the table. One such rivalry which has been a hot topic in the industry for a long time is Tudor and Omega. While both brands are top-tier and endorsed by various celebrities, the customers still compare watches launched by both brands to see which one comes out on top.

The History of Tudor and Omega:

When it comes to the timepiece industry, every luxury watch brand has garnered a reputation and has a legacy and rich history they have left behind. Tudor and Omega are no different, as they both have strong roots.

Tudor

The foundation for Tudor watches as a luxury watchmaking brand was laid in 1926 by a Swiss watchmaker, Veuve de Philippe Hüther, which translates to “Widow of Philippe Hüther.” The reason why this name was given to her was that she took over the company after her husband died. In 1926, Veuve de Philippe Hüther trademarked the name “The Tudor” and reached an agreement with Hans Wilsdorf for the exclusive rights of the name. By 1932, the first watches adorned with the Tudor insignia were launched in the Australian market. At that time, the rectangular shape and beveled edges of the watch were unique.

Tudor watch

Since Hans Wilsdorf was involved in Tudor’s establishment, multiple Tudor watches also bore Rolex’s symbol and/or name to make the association of the two brands clear. Hans Wilsdorf is even reported to have said that he launched Tudor as a brand that offers the same standard of dependability that Rolex offers, only at a more modest price. The current Tudor watches result from the rebranding and refocusing they did in 2013 when they returned to the US market. While they still have Rolex’s name attached to their watches, the modern Tudor watches take a lot of inspiration from classic Tudor watches and combine that with modern-day technology and materials.

 

Omega

Alongside being one of the world’s most renowned brands, Omega is one of the most historically prominent luxury watch brands. Established in 1848, Omega has been producing watches for over 170 years and almost two centuries. For 30 years. Louis Brandt, the founder of Omega, maintained it as a family business and workshop, selling watches to customers from various countries. After his passing in 1979, his sons took over the company and saw just how promising their dad’s work was. Soon after, they decided to expand the business and began manufacturing parts in-house. They were able to relocate the workshop to Bienne, the same region where the Omega headquarters is currently located.

omega watch

Sixty-three years after Omega developed its first mass-produced movement system, Labrador, Omega launched its most iconic watch collection, the Seamaster, in 1948. The 20th century proved to be extremely successful for the brand as Omega also got an endorsement from NASA after Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on the Sigma 7 mission, and Buzz Aldrin wore it to the moon. After this, the Speedmaster became the official chronograph for all space missions at NASA. Today, Omega is one of the biggest luxury watch companies, and the quality of their watches has only gotten better alongside their reputation.

Which Watch is More of a Household Name?

Tudor vs Omega? In the watchmaking industry, being a household name suggests that a brand has a great following in the market, and one of the first names that come to mind when people think of luxury watches is that brand’s name. While there can be more than one household name, naturally, a difference in popularity and brand awareness would put one brand over another.

When comparing Tudor and Omega, Omega would have to be considered as more of a household name in the industry. Not only is this because Omega has a richer history, but it is also because Omega is one of Rolex’s competitors, and Rolex’s name often overshadows Tudor’s. While Tudor still has a significant following, Omega’s popularity, legacy, and awards/accolades, such as winning the Snoopy Award in 1970, suggest that Omega is more of a household name.

Which Watch Has a Better Warranty Policy?

One of the most important aspects of luxury watches is the warranty they offer. The policy’s significance can be seen from the fact that there is even a European law that sets the minimum warranty for luxury watches at two years. While several watchmaking companies meet the minimum, both Tudor and Omega go above and beyond in this regard. In 2018, Tudor and Omega entered the five-year club as they started offering five-year warranties on all of their new watches. In that regard, there is no disparity between the two brands.

Tudor or Omega: Who Has More Collectible Pieces?

Tudor vs Omega? A luxury timepiece brand cannot be considered exclusive if its watches’ cannot function as collectible items. For watch enthusiasts and collectors, the luxury watch industry is a gold mine, and only a few brands act as the gold in that mine. Both Tudor and Omega are brands endorsed by a variety of A-list celebrities. The two most popular collections of these brands that have gained popularity even amongst the elites are the Seamaster and Black Bay collection. While the Seamaster is an essential item to complete Agent 007 James Bond’s attire, Black Bay fans include popular celebrities like David Beckham and Will Smith. It is a close call when it comes to celebrity endorsements, but Omega retains its value better than Tudor. While Rolex has the industry in the bag when it comes to value retention, Tudor doesn’t get nearly the same treatment. Not only do Omega watches have a richer history, such as traveling to the moon, but Omega is also generally a more prominent and more popular brand. Since it is a more popular brand, more of Omega’s watches retain their value, which means more of their watches serve as collectibles later on.

Which Watches Have a Superior Design?

While this category is very subjective, one can make some objective observations. Let’s start by comparing the two most popular collections of the brands, Black Bay and Seamaster. The Black Bay collection by Tudor features watches that are 41 mm in size and have a vintage approach to them. They have a satin finish on the lugs and have polished sides alongside large winding crowns.

Tudor vs Omega? On the other hand, Omega’s Seamaster watches are comparatively bigger with a 42 mm case diameter, which means they are best for medium to large-sized wrists. Simultaneously, they are available in a variety of builds ranging from steel and titanium to gold. Although their design approach is a classic one, the watches have been given a modern finish with clean lines and neutral tones.

Designs put forth by both brands are stunning, but when looking at them objectively, Omega offers more variety and choices for customers. In that regard, Omega would take the cake and come out on top in this comparison.

Which Watches Have Better Specifications?

Specifications or inner-workings are a category where Omega would even give Rolex a tough competition, let alone Tudor. Omega is one of the only watches that went to the moon and withstood rigorous NASA testing, which no other watch has done. Simultaneously, the Caliber 2500 movement system used in the Seamaster collection post-2015, for instance, is both METAS and COSC certified. It also offers a 60-hour power reserve alongside functions such as a coaxial escapement, which requires no lubrication.

While the Caliber MT5602 by Black Bay on the opposite end offers a 70-hour power reserve, it only has a COSC certification and not a METAS one. Side by side, this is the first movement system they made in-house in 2015, while Omega has been making its movement systems for years. Whether it be the experience in designing specifications for watches or the efficiency of those specifications, Omega edges out Tudor in this regard as well.

Who Wins?

Tudor vs Omega? Conclusively, while Tudor is by no means a low-tier brand, it simply has not reached Omega’s level yet. While Omega competes with the Patek Phillipe and Rolex brands, Tudor hasn’t entered that league of luxury watches. Whether it be popularity, design, or what’s under the hood, Omega beats Tudor by a long margin in some categories and close calls in others.

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Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer

Making watches is nothing less than a fine art. The mechanical piece of equipment made diligently and pragmatically by an extensive craftsman is something worth admiring. There is a certain feeling of euphoria when we stop for a while to admire our watch. People can relate to the magic of luxury timepieces every time they put them on. Every watch has its own aura created from the time and energy the craftsman put in to contemplate the design and structure. This is why people seek out hand-made watches. Your luxury timepiece reveals a lot about your personality and taste. Oris and Tudor are among the brands currently at the top of the list of renowned luxury timepiece brands in the world. In this article, we will be taking a look at a comparison of the two brands: Oris vs Tudor.

 

Oris vs Tudor: Comparison

Both the brands have their own specifications, and the problem with the comparison between these two brands is that there are no benchmarks to determine the scale of the qualities they offer. No measure could supplant these brands’ quality; it is just up to the purchasers’ opinions. Therefore, we will compare two of these brands’ common timepiece products, dive watches and dress watches.

 

Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer vs Tudor Pelagos

Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer
Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer

Both dive watches are made up of titanium parts that make the watches more durable and lighter. The precision and accuracy of the watches are exceptional. However, there are some differences in the specifications. Tudor has water-resistance durability up to 500 meters, and Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer exceeds the range by two times with a water-resistance up to 1,000 meters. Oris ProDiver Moon Pointer is the first luxury watch brand to feature the tidal range and lunar cycle feature. The watch is mechanical, so we can assume that Oris has an advantage over Tudor when it comes to dive watches.

 

Oris Artelier 01 Automatic vs Tudor Glamour Date and Day Diamond Dial

Oris Artelier
Oris Artelier Blue Dial

First, let us discuss the aesthetics of Oris Artelier 01 Automatic. The watch is designed with absolute dedication; the craftsman has meticulously designed each part of this extensive watch. It poses an exquisite fashion statement for the wearer and also a robust metallic design. When you look at it, you can envision all the aspects of aesthetics you could find in a mechanical watch. It is designed with a sapphire crystal window—no element could match the quality. The window is scratch-resistant.

Tudor Glamour Date and Day Diamond Dial comes with a diamond-studded dial. The name of the watch tells you all about this luxurious watch. This watch’s aesthetics are quite overwhelming; you will indeed feel that you haven’t seen any watch like this one. This watch is so exquisite that it contains all the features of the Oris timepiece. It comes with a 43 mm case, which is similar to the size of Oris. The functionalities and features of the watch are beyond compare. Whoever wears this watch will be astounded by its fine architecture and elegant parts.

 

Oris: Brand Review

Oris is a Swiss-based watch manufacturing brand with principles intact with the bygone era of constructing fine pieces of mechanical equipment. The brand has been serving us since 1904 with quality watches. Each timepiece created by the brand tells a different story and provides the person with a nostalgic feeling of the bygone era’s lost culture.

Oris History

Quartz watches currently dominate the watch market as they tend to be more accurate, reliable, and long-lasting. These features make the watch uninspiring, and a true watch lover would agree with that. People that see the watches as simple pieces of equipment would never appreciate fine art. Oris is still endowed with its former glory, and it is known for manufacturing the world’s most accurate mechanical watches that never lose their integrity.

A timepiece is responsible for telling accurate time, and that feature gets compromised with mechanical watches as they do not use batteries or cells for powering the mechanism. It has been noticed that the brand has strong intentions for preserving the environment, such as raising funds for protecting the integrity of oceans and their ecosystem. The brand actively participates in a lot of charity organizations like this.

The brand is quite famous for restoring the traditional values of watch-making, and its motto is to manufacture and retail the world’s best mechanical watches at an affordable price. The price of these watches is more affordable than brands such as Rolex and TAG Heuer. However, the price is not a matter of concern here. All that matters is the impeccable quality of Oris Watches.

 

Tudor: Brand Review

The brand was founded in 1926, and you can easily presume all the qualities and features of a typical Tudor watch because it is a Rolex sister company. Everyone knows about Rolex and its integrity. Rolex is the most formidable watch manufacturing company, providing us with the best watches since 1905. Tudor was founded 20 years after the foundation of Rolex.

Rolex History

The founder, Hans Wilsdorf, was the person behind this extensive brand. You might ask why Rolex needs a sister company at all. Rolex was meant to produce only the world’s most formidable watches, and sometimes, the prices could reach the level beyond anyone’s imagination. No one would fathom to afford those watches except for the minted people of that generation.

That is why the founder thought of building a new company that could offer the same quality at an affordable price. However, Tudor has successfully impacted the market independently without the need to gain recognition in Rolex’s name. Tudor is just as formidable as Oris, and it won’t be easy to compare these two brands.

Indeed, it would be a poor choice to compare the brands’ functionalities in terms of the mechanics because these brands’ accuracy and functions are top-notch, and they exceed the scale of perfection. Both brands are unique and formidable. 

 

Oris vs Tudor: Conclusion

Since both Oris and Tudor excel in different ways and are exceptional in their own right, the comparison between the two brands seems to end with a tie. Both the brands are formidable in their own way. It ultimately depends on the buyer’s perspective and taste because both brands redefine the epitome of aesthetics in watch manufacturing.

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