Who said only compete for the gold? A Tudor and Oris are more interested in bronze. The latest edition of Baselworld witnessed the presentation of two very interesting pieces with this metal as the protagonist; the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, a new member for the successful famila Black Bay, and Oris Carl Brashear, following the line of Divers Sixty-Five and with a historical background. The competition for the bronze is hot.
We talked about two divers who share bronze box, vintage aesthetics and inspiration in ancient diving equipment and presented with aged leather strap, but differ in many respects. And speaking of belts, include the Black Bay Bronze, as usual in Tudor, also includes a handmade textile belt inspired belts clocks used by the French Navy in the seventies, made from webbing parachute. Tudor point in this regard.
Regarding the size, the differences are reduced to 1 mm. The Black Bay Bronze, unlike the other versions of the Black Bay, has seen its enlarged diameter to 43 mm generous s, instead of the usual 41. The Oris Carl Brashear maintains the usual size of its line Divers; 42 mm. The length of the handles on the Black Bay helps it look slightly larger on the wrist, but both are in the usual range of sizes for a diver, so that millimeter difference should not be decisive in deciding on one or another .
The main difference in the area is clear; Tudor has opted for a chocolate brown while Oris has done for the navy, both indexes and hands with Superluminova bronze with vintage finish. The highlight of the area of Tudor Black Bay Bronze, compared with previous versions, is the emergence of Arabic numerals at 3, at 6 and 9, no offense, of course, the iconic needles Snowflake signature. The Oris Carl Brashear dispenses with Arabic numerals and uses a simpler needles, while adding a date window located at 6. It is worth noting the difference in the inscipciones present in the area where Tudor remains committed bronze while Oris turns to white, while also draws attention to the strength of the minute scale of Oris against the subtlety of Tudor.
And as we bring the scales minute hands , we must speak necessarily of one of the key parts of any diver; the bezel. On the one hand, Tudor resorts to its usual bezel, brown aluminum coinciding with the area, and timer 15 minutes. On the other, Oris bet for bronze also for its bezel and regulation 60 minutes instead of 15. The use of bronze rather than aluminum bezel clock will age in a completely different way, developing a patina more evident throughout the case.
As for movements, the Black Bay Bronze mounts the newly introduced automatic caliber manufacturing MT5601 , entirely designed, manufactured and assembled by the brand and COSC certificate, while Carl Brashear moves to the rhythm of the automatic caliber Oris 733, based a Sellita SW200-1. Are remarkable generous 70 hours of power reserve featuring Tudor MT5601 against 38 caliber Oris 733.
And finally, if we talk about prices, failing to have official figures for Spain, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze reaches 3,800 Swiss francs, while the Oris Carl Brashear, limited to 2,000 units , stays at 2,600 francs Swiss.
What we like the Tudor Black Bay Bronze? His references to classic signature divers with snowflake crown needles and big crown, his two belts and, of course , the new MT5601. Besides, who does not like the Black Bay online?
And the Oris Carl Brashear? The story of Carl Brashear, the first African – American Navy diver US is behind it (which will sound from the movie ‘Men of Honor’), the navy of its sphere and bronze bezel that ensures a spectacular patina.
Who deserves the bronze medal? That’s already your decision.