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Tudor Black Bay 79220R(Gen vs Rep)

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This is a comparison review between Gen and Rep of Tudor 79220R Black Bay. I felt lucky to own these gen and rep watches, hope this review can enlighten the person who would like to purchase these watches.

 

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Specifications:

 

Name: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Ref.: 79220R

Case: 41mm, polished and satin finished steel case

Bezel: Uni-directional rotating

Movement: ETA 2824 self-winding mechanical movement, 25 jewels, 26mm*4.6mm, 28,800vph, 38 hours power reserve.

Crown: Screw-down

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal

Water resistance: 200m(660 ft)

Band: bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp

 

Here are shots from official website.

 

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The background of Tudor Black Bay:

 

In Tudor history, the Black Bay is a diver's watch whose design inspiration came from Rolex Submariner. Tudor really made unique diving watches that appealed the collectors. This diving watch uses 41mm steel case, the multiple strap and bracelet choices can meet your different requirements. All in all, Tudor Black Bay is defined as an affordable watch and provided a window to adventure in deep water. Tudor launched their first Submariner in 1954, at the same year, Black Bay was produced.

 

The early Submariners are famous for the big crown and lack of crown guards. They increased the color of burgundy red stem and rose logo. The dial printed "Rotor Self–Winding" at 6 o'clock date back to 1960s. To improve the readability, Snowflake hands was produced in 1970s, which was shown in Submariners era. The collectors would be attracted to the continuous tradition "Swiss Made" on the dial.

 

Of course, Black Bay is also one of the modern iconic watch for Tudor. This steel case is 41mm, which is fatter than vintage Submariner. The dial is shiner than vintages between the pink gold hands with luminous. Tudor showed a new color for the burgundy red bezel. Just looked at the Black Bay, you would notice their associations with vintage Submariner. I was so pleased to own this Black Bay and always wore it on regular rotations.

 

Received this rep after anxious waiting. I still love this piece and always wear it.

 

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I spend 3200$ on Gen and 318$ on the Rep.

 

Well, here is a picture comparison review.

 

The dial of Gen.

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Rep.

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As you can see, the rep is similar to the gen, actually, we can observe the printing on the dial is different, meanwhile, the texture of gen is better than the rep.

 

Gen

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Rep

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"Swiss made" on the dial:

 

Gen

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Rep

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Their font type is a little different.

 

Hour markers:

 

Gen

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Rep

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The marker frame of the rep is thicker than the gen.

 

Hands:

 

Gen

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Rep

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Crown

 

Gen

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Rep

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They seemed to be the same and I even couldn't identify the gen and rep. But I discovered a point that unscrewed the crown presenting different height. 

Some shots as below.

 

Gen(Set the time/unscrewed/screw it down)

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Rep

 

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Lume photos:

 

The left is Gen, right is Rep.

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We can notice that the shade of green on rep is slightly different to the lume on gen. By the way, the brightness of the lume on markers, hands and pearl are not as strong as that on gen.

 

Gen

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Rep

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Pearl

 

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Rep

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The numerals of bezel(left is gen).

 

10

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20

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30

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40

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50

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Further more, the gen bezel insert has a more refined paint.

 

Gen

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Rep

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SEL

 

Gen

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Rep

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Polish on case and lugs

 

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Rep

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A side by side comparison(Gen left and Rep right):

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Bracelet/ Foldover Clasp/Ceramic Bearing

 

Gen

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Rep

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Side by side(Gen left and Rep on right):

 

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The inside stamping after opening the clasp.

 

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Case back and engraved font.

 

Gen

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Rep

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The teeth of gen is thinner than rep, which is not as refined as the gen.

 

The measurement of rep and gen by a digital caliper.

 

Case(including crown)

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Gen:44.56mm

Rep:44.89mm

 

Crown

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Gen:8.00mm

Rep:7.98mm

 

Bezel

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Gen:40.99mm

Rep:40.98mm

 

Thickness of watch (case back to crystal)

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Gen:12.78mm

Rep:13.28mm

 

Width in between Lugs

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Gen:22.03mm

Rep:22.06mm

 

At last, I would show the weight of them, they're nearly the same and just 1 gram difference.

 

Gen: 172grams

Rep: 173grams

 

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Thanks for reading.

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