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.