About a week ago, Tudor replica put a teaser on their website proclaiming that new watches were on the way. The image showed a plume of black and red smoke. Naturally, this led many (including my buddy Spence) down the path of a “Coke” GMT. For good or for bad, fans of “the real thing” will have to quench their thirst elsewhere. Instead, Tudor rolled out some unexpected pieces. A tastefully updated Black Bay Chrono and a new color for the bezel-less Black Bay came to light. Tudor also gave us a .925 silver Black Bay (my personal favorite), which was truly out of left field. The most surprising release, though, was the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight copy with 18K gold case.
The bargain brand no more?
So, why is the new cheap fake Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K such a wild release? Tudor has always been the more affordable alternative in the Rolex stable and, to my knowledge, hasn’t offered a solid gold watch in decades. I did some quick internet sleuthing and found some Prince models in 18K, but these are few and far between. Plus, I’d say that Tudor has kept the more cost friendly approach since their rebirth some ten odd years ago. So, yes, this was a real surprise.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K makes you think
We know that Tudor now uses in-house movements in almost all of its watches these days. The new Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is no different and contains the MT5400 automatic under a display back. It brings a brushed gold case that has received a lot of flack for emulating bronze. The finish, however, does separate it from the typical gold Rolex offering. Functionally, the luxury replica watch keeps 200 meters of water resistance and a chronometer certification.
The new perfect copy Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K lists for $16,800 and near that in your local currency. Let’s pause a moment and realize something — that’s a hell of a lot of money for a Tudor. Everything that we know and love from the brand has sat below the magic $5K mark and usually with enough breathing room to either add a boatload of straps or take your significant other out for a celebratory/apologetic dinner.
What do you think of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K?
We’re genuinely curious about what you think of the automatic movement replica Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K. Would you consider a Tudor at this price level? Do you see a Rolex family sports watch in gold for under $20K as a deal? Or, do you think that Tudor has overshot here and should stay in the more affordable zone? Cast your vote and comment away — this should be a good one.