But this is all black?! Let’s be honest, the perfect fake Tudor Black Bay 58 with its goldilocks 39mm size is probably the best example of the red triangle inspiration, an amalgamation of MIL-spec Submariner and a classic vintage Tudor.
But we all know what the 58 looks like, so here’s the broody darkness of the 1:1 best replica Black Bay to sex things up. In all its menacing blackness, this is a damn cool 41mm Rolex family case, and what a way to emphasise that red triangle.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the original look of pure brushed steel, but this makes those two red details Pop (yes, with a capital “P”). The case finish is as exquisite as expected, the DLC is among the hardiest on the market, so this is a damn tough tool and a nice way to stand out from the 58 crowd.
While I may argue with said individuals, plenty of forum posters and Instagram commenters claim that 39mm is too small for them – and only caters to puny wrists. Personally I find this complete blasphemy, but for the sake of word count I will not get into this rant now – and ultimately if it is not my money or wrist then it’s not my decision.
Sure the perfect fake Black Bay Fifty-Eight watches are highly sought after, with likely waiting periods before purchase, and respectable resale values over retail pricing secondhand. But I think we can all agree that we still see Black Bay 41mm watches in the wild. The larger Black Bay models have more variants to choose from when you think about it. Yes, the dials are mostly black (with a few exceptions), but there are more bezel configurations than the two available in the BB58 line and the BB58 has yet to be fashioned in bronze (currently only used in larger 43mm Black Bay Bronze watches) or PVD-treated steel. Also, don’t forget, the in-demand Harrods Black Bay 41mm is the closet Wilsdorf-produced alternative to an aluminium Kermit in the marketplace today.
Another example of Swiss made replica Tudor and 41mm being a success is their wildly best replica Black Bay GMT watch, that is as equally scarce (if not more so) than the BB58 in store. With a lug to lug of 50mm, the issue with 41mm models in the catalogue has arguably never been about case diameter or even lug to lug – but we’ll get into this more in a second.