After my first story on the enduring appeal of bicompax chronographs, this time we step it up a few notches from the sub $5000 category to the top tier. Today’s luxury replica watches split into two main categories: first there are the chunky tool watches that reflect how the bicompax chronographs of the mid-20th century were, in fact, the forefathers of today’s sports watches. Then, there are the more formal dress pieces that mine the slim elegance of the ’40s- and ’50s references. But whether you lean towards rugged functionality or stylish looks, these twin-register beauties pose an emphatic reminder that, when it comes to chronograph sub-dials, three’s a crowd.
With just a few tweaks, Tudor thoroughly transformed their cheap fake Tudor Black Bay Chronograph for this year’s Watches and Wonders. While I’m always impressed by the mechanics of a chronograph complication, I prefer clean dials and the contrasts of a sharp panda works a treat. The beefy Black Bay chronograph was always a looker, and I do enjoy the brashness of gold and steel in their John Player Special-esque model that I had a closer look at in our video here.
But this year, Tudor sharpened their vintage design pencils and tweaked a solid design. In a slightly slimmer case (it was kinda chubby, come on), the dynamic sweep of bevelled lugs offer a strong reminder of their Rolex family ties. The dial of the black bezel replica Tudor Black Bay Chronograph hits a delicious medium between the Speedy and the Daytona while also hitting a great price point, too. In the Breitling-sourced MT5813 in-house calibre that delivers a stonking 70 hours of power reserve, Tudor made a great collaborative choice. I might just have found my sports chrono sweet spot here – Panda City here I come! Price: $7070 AUD on bracelet.