The Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB premiered alongside the Rolex GMT Pepsi, but at half the cost. Although the Tudor GMT takes inspiration from the Rolex GMT Master I and II, the Tudor GMT manages to hold its own. In spite of a shared lineage, these two watches are slightly different. For starters, the case on the Tudor GMT is 41mm and has a large and tactile crown, the bezel is finished in aluminum and the snowflake hands take styling from 1969. Every aspect of this watch is spectacular, including its tip on the 24-hour hand, gilt dial, steel bracelet, “Pepsi” bezel, GMT complication, and beveled lugs.
The Black Bay model was conceived ten years ago but has managed to become a modern icon in sports watches. The Black Bay model is appealing due to its range of options, including colors, metals, case sizes, and complications. Despite the merits of aesthetics, the movement may be the most impressive feature. The Tudor GMT is considered a true GMT watch, equipped with a jumping local hour hand. This feature allows you to jump the hour forward or backward and bring the date with you should you happen to cross midnight. The 24-hour hand is set to home or any other time zone you’d like to track. The calibre MT5652 movement offers a 70-hour power reserve and has an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring.
When comparing each watch's technical specifications, the Tudor GMT seemingly keeps up with the Rolex GMT Master. The Tudor GMT might not have as much cache, but it is one good-looking workhorse. Some advantages of the Tudor include water resistance up to 200 meters vs Rolex GMT-Master II at 100 meters. The Tudor GMT is a great consideration when it comes to purchasing a luxury watch at a mid-range price while simultaneously finding value.