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    Which Black Bay to keep?

    Fairly recent pickups, a BB36 and a BB Chrono. Two watches I wanted to try out for a while, but I always felt like one of them would have to go. Alongside my Rolex Sub, that's 3 diver styled watches, black dial, and "Rolex" umbrella. Not enough diversity for my taste, especially in a very small collection.

    Pros for both:
    - I like the styling and the way they look
    - Would serve as a nice changeup for whatever reason I don't want to wear my Sub.
    - Both seem well built and are accurate.

    Pros for BB36:
    - It's been a while since I had a 36mm watch on my 6.5 inch wrist, and I forgot how well they can fit and comfortable. Probably a tad more comfortable on my wrist than even the Sub.
    - I think it dresses up better than my Sub and could serve as my go-to whenever I wear a suit (which is quite rare).
    - Due to size and overall style, could easily be a daily wearer if need be (though my Sub will continue in that role).

    Pros for BB Chrono:
    - A chrono to go with simple 3-hander, might make a better 2 watch collection with Sub
    - Daytona-esqe styling elements (dream watch being Daytona)

    Cons for BB36:
    - Maybe too well-suited for daily wear when I already have a daily wearer, so might eventually lose wrist time.
    - No date (not a huge deal since my Sub has date, but I do generally prefer a watch to have a date)

    Cons for BB Chrono:
    - Thick (14.9mm). Definitely looks big on my 6.5 inch wrist. It's not as comfortable as the BB36 or Sub, but I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable. That being said, it would never be a daily wearer type watch for me.
    - The Daytona styling elements may make me continue to long for Daytona instead of enjoying it on its own merits.

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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    I would keep the BB36. Not really anything else like it in the category/ segment esp if your main concern is "diversity." The tudor brand is getting even more interesting now with mostly in house movements, cohesive branding with rolex, and I think what they're continuing to do better is use Tudor as a halo brand to the big R. In this case, I think that chrono is doing its job - making you wish it were a daytona.
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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Keep the BB36. There’s plenty of other great chronos but not a lot of watches that fill the BB36 niche (besides the 36mm Explorer)


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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    I really do like this piece from TUDOR BB chrono, but it's so thick which is a bit of a let down. I own the Pelagos and that is thick enough for me . Shame

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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Tsai View Post
    I would keep the BB36. Not really anything else like it in the category/ segment esp if your main concern is "diversity." The tudor brand is getting even more interesting now with mostly in house movements, cohesive branding with rolex, and I think what they're continuing to do better is use Tudor as a halo brand to the big R. In this case, I think that chrono is doing its job - making you wish it were a daytona.
    Could the same not be said of the BB36 and the Explorer I?
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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    I love the Black Bay Chrono, but on a 6.5 inch wrist it seems like the 36 will be enjoyed more.

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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Well, I see plenty of diversity. We all see things differently! The Rolex, true dive watch, the chronograph, and the BB36 which is a very versatile watch much like the Explorer 1, only I think nicer. Since you asked, if I was you, I would keep all three if at all possible. Whatever you choose, though, will look forward to the pics. And sorry, I know that doesn't answer your question. I would keep the BB36.
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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Keep the BB Chrono, one of the most simple yet tastefully done chrono. You already have a 3 hander so add some variety.

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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Oh man! Keep ‘em both.
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    Re: Which Black Bay to keep?

    Keep the 36

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