Hello everyone! In this article, I’ll be featuring my recent watch acquisition, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Silver.
This is essentially a series where I shine a spotlight on my personal purchases. I’ve previously done similar articles on my Kurono Tokyo Toki, IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince, TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211B, Tissot PRX Powermatic 80, Bell & Ross BR 05, Santos de Cartier, Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, Ming 17.09, Grand Seiko SBGA413 “Shunbun”, Swatch X Omega MoonSwatch “Mission to the Sun”, and most recently, my Hermes Arceau Squelette.
Some readers may remember that I had a Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, which I wrote about here. While that was an objectively great watch, I’ve since sold it as I felt it was too common – just search Carousell and you can find more than a dozen listed for sale. It was also not my style as I’m not a fan of dive watches, and therefore it found little wrist time. As such, I eventually moved it on.
Yet, I had buyer’s remorse almost immediately after. The Black Bay 58 is objectively a great watch – it’s still my go-to recommendation for those looking for sub-5K watch. I decided to have another look at the Black Bay 58 line, and almost instantly fell in love with the 925 Silver variant (which had not yet been released when I first bought the Black Bay 58 Blue).
Firstly, the 925 Silver version is much more uncommon than its blue (or black) counterparts. It also has a lovely taupe dial – a rare colour choice in watch design. Blue dials are a dime a dozen, but taupe dials are decidedly rarer.
Then there’s the lustrous 925 Silver material, which is actually a proprietary alloy made by Tudor themselves to reduce the natural tarnishing that regular silver will fall prey to. In other words, Tudor’s silver will stay shinier for longer. I put it beside a regular stainless steel Black Bay 58, and the difference is stark. It’s also technically a precious metal, yet surprisingly affordable. In fact, I’m unable to think of another precious metal watch that’s available for under $5K (market price), nor another silver watch for that matter (pun intended). Its silver composition just adds to the uniqueness of the watch, and I love it.
Furthermore, it’s also one of the few Tudor Black Bay 58 that features an open caseback, the other being the gold variant (which no one buys). Tudor’s in-house movement (with a silicon hairspring, COSC certification and 70 hours of power reserve) has always been one of the key selling points of the Black Bay line, with the technical achievements of the movement edging out similarly priced offerings from rival lines such as the Breitling Superocean. And although it isn’t very decorated, I still love the fact that I’m able to see the movement through an exhibition caseback, a visual treat that Rolex has recently just replicated with its newest Daytona.
Lastly, and perhaps the most important, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Silver – unlike the rest of its line – does not feel like a dive watch. It’s actually the only Black Bay 58 model to not be offered on a bracelet, instead only having strap and fabric options. On the taupe leather strap, the 925 Silver Black Bay 58 feels almost like a dress watch, especially due to its retrained case dimensions. That has always been more of my style, so I find myself being able to resonate with the feel of the silver Black Bay 58 much better.
Tudor remains one of the most sought-after watch brands, and has a stellar reputation that no watch enthusiast will scoff at. That’s actually no easy feat, especially as it competes in the lower end of the market. It also has both an iconic design – that snowflake hand is recognisable from a mile away – and a technically advanced movement. I’m very happy to have rejoined the Tudor family, and have no doubt that the Tudor Black Bay 58 Silver will stay in my collection for a long time.
Tudor Black Bay 58 Silver – Video Review
For those interested in seeing some hands-on footage of the watch, do watch my Youtube review of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Silver below:
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