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Tudor GMT Black Bay Is The Rolex GMT’s Affordable Sibling

A clear win for lovers of the ‘Pepsi’ bezel.

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Ask and you shall receive. Whilst Rolex unveiled what was arguably the most talked about watch at this year’s Baselworld, its five-digit price tag is still a deterrent for some fans of the coveted ‘Pepsi’ design.

Enter sister company, Tudor. The Swiss watchmaker unveiled their own GMT Black Bay at the show alongside Rolex’s GMT-Master II and the result is quite stunning.

Three striking bracelets to choose from, a practical 41mm stainless steel case and a price tag that undercuts the Rolex by less than half the price is a winner in anyone’s book. Most importantly though, it still looks the part thanks to a well thought out blue print.

A precise Tudor Calibre MT5652 automatic looks after the movement with hours, minutes, seconds, date and a GMT function. For those unaware, a GMT function basically establishes the local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones.

The black dial meanwhile features the signature Black Bay touches such as the snowflake hands and dotted indexes.

This is all tied together in a piece that boasts a 70-hour power reserve and 200 metre water resistance.

Three straps will be available to choose from including the steel bracelet, ‘terra di siena’ brown leather strap and a red striped fabric strap.

Local pricing is yet to be confirmed but there is Swiss pricing which sees the Tudor Black Bay GMT starting from 3400 CHF.

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