In the dive watch category, one natural rivalry that many watch buyers come up against is Omega or Tudor, specifically the Seamaster and the Black Bay models, respectively.
It becomes a battle between the rich history and trusted name of Omega and the iconic design and affordability of Tudor with both coming in at a reasonable price. What is the real difference between these two? Read on to find out more as we put the Omega Seamaster up against the Tudor Black Bay.
The Omega Seamaster dates back to the end of World War II when Omega was developing Marine watches for the British military. Specifically, creation of a more watertight seal on the watchcase led to Seamaster’s release in 1948 to the wider commercial watch market. The Omega was marketed for explorers rather than divers alone and was even strapped to the outside of a plane and flown over the North Pole in 1956.
The now-famous dive style Seamaster is today loaded with the most modern technology and enjoys a reputation for being reliable as well as smart to wear. The iconic wave embossed dial is a telltale sign of an authentic Seamaster. Luminous hour markers and hand tips with unique hollow cavities are another Omega trademark.
Under the Hood
Caliber 2500 chronometers are characteristically found on vintage Seamasters, with models since 2015 boasting the Master Chronometer 8800 complete with METAS and COSC certification, and a 60-hour power reserve. Omega introduced the first mass-produced watch that incorporated coaxial escapement, a significant advancement in watches. These functions require virtually no lubrication, which eliminates a major fail point in previous watches.
On the Wrist
The Omega Seamaster boasts a commanding 42mm case diameter, which is best worn on medium to large wrists. The Seamaster is available in steel, titanium, and gold and harkens back to 1957 in style, but with a thoroughly modern finish. The clean lines, neutral tones, and simple finish of the Seamaster make it a classic, quality watch to wear anywhere, from the golf course to dinner at eight.
Who Wears it Best?
James Bond is the most famous of all Omega wearers, sporting the Seamaster Quartz Professional in the 1995 film GoldenEye. In later movies, Bond wore the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer for a more sophisticated look. Today’s James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, continues to wear the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M model and even mentions it by name in Casino Royale. Other luminaries sporting Omega Seamaster models include actor Mark Harmon of NCIS, Jack Hanna, zookeeper, Prince William, Joe Biden, John F. Kennedy, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, to name a few.
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Tudor Black Bay
Inspired by parent brand Rolex, Tudor Black Bay is inspired by the Rolex Submariner model’s rich history, purpose-built style, and iconic status. Though Tudor is a younger brand, it pays homage beautifully to Rolex’s early dive watches that burst on the scene in the 1950s and 60s. Water resistant to 200 meters, the Tudor Black Bay has a predominant winding crown, a signature of the model.
The dial features a dome as a notable attribute, with an impressive matte finish on the dial and a rotatable bezel and snowflake hands. The Tudor Black Bay is known for the wide array of strap options in metallic bracelet style, aged leather finishes, and canvas fabric styles.
Under the Hood
Today’s Tudor Black Bay models include a caliber MT5602, COSC certified movement initially introduced in 2015 as the brand’s first official in-house movement. The movement offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve and a balance spring made of non-magnetic silicon.
On the Wrist
The Tudor Black Bay, at 41mm, is slightly smaller than the Omega Seamaster, so small, medium or large wrists are comfortable in the model. The Black Bay has an overall vintage feel, thanks in part to the satin finish on the lugs, the highly polished sides, and the extra large winding crown.
Who Wears it Best?
Who would dare to argue with the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby team, who have become partners with Tudor Black Bay. Other famous fans include actor and rapper Will Smith, soccer great David Beckham, musician and Oscar winner Lady Gaga, among others
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With this kind of choice in relatively the same price point, it may be difficult to choose between Omega Seamaster vs. Tudor Black Bay at first glance. Those who want iconic watch brand status, with a history of consistent quality will go with James Bond’s favorite, the Omega Seamaster. Others who want the iconic look of a Rolex Submariner with a modern twist will go for the Tudor Black Bay. Still others will choose both, and why not?