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    Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    Picked up the Tudor Black Bay 36 and really like it. Wears slightly smaller than I would have preferred but it really is a nice dress that you can also dress down with the nato or a nice leather. Two things I would have liked is to have a different nato strap, meaning I think black or blue would have been better than the camouflage.

    The other thing would be a brushed bezel. I looked up explorers which have a similar look and found that Rolex actually released a fully brushed version as part of the Hillary Tenzing Explorer collection which were limited to 88 editions. It made me think I could do something similar to the Black Bay.

    Some folks will say I ruined the watch and I shouldn't mess with how it was released but at the end of the day a watch is YOUR watch. Do what you want with it because it means something to you. Plus I knew I could get it back to the polished look when I get it serviced.

    So I grabbed some tools, painting tape and here is the result.

    Went through the process and I think it looks better. Here is how I did it. YouTube Link

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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    Very cool - just picked up a BB36 myself this week.

    Since this reference is super neutral and monochrome to begin with, I feel the watch would look borderline unfinished if it came stock with a brushed bezel/case (many folks still comment about the lack of dive timing bezel already contribute to this, imo) but that's just me. Yours came out pretty neat though.

    After some thought I think mine is fine stock; it is what it is- dress sport. Part of me is surprised they didn't go even dressier with a bracelet that had polished center links sorta like a Rolex, but they kept it more tool-watchy/utilitarian in that regard.

    What I'm most stoked for is to see the case/bezel in 5-10 years to see how beat up/brushed it will get. This paired with the still-glossy dial/sapphire crystal should make it an even tastier watch as it ages.
    Currently in the collection: Marathon MIL-W-46374E general purpose mechanical, 1991

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    Love the 36mm BB, no doubt. What you did to it Iíd never do, ne-ver. To me itís like buying a Van Gogh and adding a few brushes on top to tone it down a bit.
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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    That hurt to watch.

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    Itís basically a new genre, watch horror.
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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    Iím really quite opposed to this. I find the polished bezel on field watches to be rather in tune with the style.

    Just wear it a lot and let it get scratched

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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    Not my thing. Happy you're happy with.

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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    You're killing me Smalls.
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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    Interesting approach.

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    Re: Polished to Brushed Tudor BLACK BAY

    I think it looks interesting to me, but more importantly, its more in tune with the OP's preferences. Kudos to the OP for doing what you felt was needed.

    End of the day, its still only a mass produced watch and is only of any value to its owner.
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