Among the many many nice watch releases of 2020 there are Three dive watches specifically that stand out as exemplary: the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, Sinn U50, and Seiko SPB149. Every is a normal bearer for the model’s fashion and ethos, and every represents imminently wearable expressions of what a dive watch could be. They accomplish that in a singular but approachable fashion, and it simply so occurs that among the many W&W workers are house owners of all three. It’s solely accountable, then, to assemble all three for some snaps and impressions from their respective house owners. As a result of, why not?
Dealing with every of those watches individually will conjure a dearth of adjectives from the watch reviewers repertoire. Phrases like “wearable”, “legible”, “elegant”, heck even “good” have all been used to explain these three. And rightfully so, they’re nice watches to make certain. Nevertheless, dealing with them collectively, as a bunch, renders some new emotions, and locations them in a context exterior of the speaking factors you’d discover of their opinions (which, for the file, you possibly can learn proper right here: Sinn U50, Tudor BB 58 Blue, Seiko SPB149).
Similar, However Totally different
Broadly talking, these are succesful dive watches that signify the breadth of variety within the style. They characteristic computerized actions, rotating bezels, at the least 200m depth scores, and efficient splashes of shade. Every are 40mm in diameter and 47mm lug to lug, give or take relying on which. Bracelets can be found for all three (although just one ever will get worn on it), and whereas they’re all metal, they’re distinctive in tone and texture.
The Sinn U50 stands aside from the others for its trendy, brutal tackle a dive watch, representing the German stylings of the model of their most simply digestible kind. It’s additionally the one one which doesn’t get an in-house motion. What it does provide is that distinctive Sinn aesthetic alongside their proprietary hardened metal (although simply the bezel, on this case) and at simply 11mm thick, it’s the thinnest of the bunch whereas providing the best depth resistance at 500 meters.
The Seiko and Tudor every signify a contemporary tackle a heritage design from their model. Whereas neither instantly learn as “classic impressed” because of the dearth of any fake growing older, the general design affect is obvious. These are extra historically good-looking dive watches that kind the established norms of the style in the absolute best approach. They trip a nice line between sensible and useful.
Costs vary from simply over $1,000 for the Seiko, about $2,300 for the Sinn, and $3,700 for the Tudor (on bracelet). That’s a big delta isn’t at all times obvious, however holding every whereas fitted to their bracelets and it’s clear the Tudor is the priciest of the bunch. It additionally will get essentially the most spectacular of the actions right here and arguably has essentially the most model status represented on the dial. That mentioned, the opposite two don’t really feel far behind in both kind or execution. One factor is obvious, there’s no going flawed with both of those watches. To get extra perspective on every, right here’s a phrase from their house owners.
Blake Buettner – Sinn U50
It’s been about 6 months since selecting up the Sinn U50 and it’s been a welcome addition to my rotation ever since. I’ve at all times cherished the design language Sinn has developed over time, nevertheless it’s by no means been packaged in a fashion conducive to my wrist or basic fashion. That modified with the U50, after all, and I believe this watch has been a gateway for a lot of collectors with related emotions. It’s easy to put on because of the 47mm lug to lug and 11mm thickness, plus, altering straps is a ton of enjoyable for a way properly it takes them.
Seeing the Sinn subsequent to the Tudor and Seiko actually places it into the context of extra conventional dive watches and it in some way feels even weirder than it already is. I see that as factor as I’ve already received conventional dive watches fairly properly lined in my assortment, however there’s little question the Seiko and Tudor current a compelling proposition. The dial of the Seiko is really lovely, with a fancy blue dial shifting relying on the sunshine. I additionally actually love the appear and feel of the bezel on the Seiko, it’s like Dude’s rug, tying all the things collectively completely. Wanting on the Black Bay 58, this can be a watch I might put on on a regular basis with no second thought. It’s that good.
Briefly, I’d welcome all three of those watches into my watchbox, and don’t doubt for a second that every would get ample wrist time. I solely hope we’re so fortunate in 2021 with such robust dive watch releases.
Blake Malin – Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue
I picked up the Black Bay 58 Blue hoping it could slot into my assortment as a kind of staple items you go to time and again. Due to the variety of distinctive Worn & Wound restricted editions that fill my assortment nowadays, I’m feeling much less inclined to carry on to “from time to time” watches. To this point, I believe the Black Bay 58 has stuffed that want. For all the explanations that Blake B shared above, the Black Bay 58 is supremely wearable, subtly trendy, and, at the same time as the costliest watch of the group mentioned right here, a good quantity of bang on your buck. And though I’m nonetheless on the fence as as to whether I want the blue or the black, it’s simple that the Black Bay 58 is a rattling close to good day by day driver.
Wanting on the Black Bay 58 subsequent to the Sinn U50 and Seiko SPB149, I can undoubtedly see myself proudly owning both of the opposite two watches sooner or later sooner or later, probably in lieu of the 58. Whereas I don’t assume they’re stylistically interchangeable in any respect, they do all provide that on a regular basis wearability I’m in search of. Of the Seiko and Sinn, I believe I’m most drawn to the Sinn U50. I’ve lengthy been curious in regards to the Sinn U1 line, however at 44mm x 14.7mm, they’re simply approach too massive for my style. I, like lots of you, was excited to see Sinn measurement issues down with the U50. Studying Blake B’s writeup above, I used to be fairly shocked to be taught that the U50 had each the best depth ranking and the thinnest case. That claims so much about Sinn’s capabilities and the way a lot they should be within the dialog with family manufacturers like Seiko and Tudor.
Zach Weiss – Seiko SPB149
Sitting right here with the three greatest dive watches of 2020 in entrance of me, I’m as soon as once more struck by simply how numerous this platform could be. The Black Bay 58 Blue is elegant and easy. Actually a gentleman’s sport watch. The U50 is rugged and technical. Undoubtedly the watch greatest for an actual journey. And the SPB149 drips with character, using the road between funky and finesse. Whereas the BB58 may finally be essentially the most wearable, and the U50 undeniably the most effective for really diving, the SPB149 nonetheless has my coronary heart. It’s traditional, however unusual, combining classic and trendy components with a refined dial tonality that simply retains my gaze transfixed. Whereas the chunkiest of the group, it nonetheless is a simple day by day put on, one that matches seamlessly into my fashion of gown.
Lastly, it’s essentially the most inexpensive of the group by an honest margin. And although it’s not a chronometer, nor rated to 500 meters, it nonetheless affords a compelling bundle of in-house mechanics, distinctive ending, a strong historical past, and Seiko’s dia-shield coating, which ought to maintain it shining just a bit longer. Whereas folks proceed to kvetch about Seiko’s growing costs, I at no level have felt just like the 149 wasn’t price each cent I paid for it. My solely query is, will 2021 current a watch that can unseat the 149? I in some way doubt it.