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    New watch, for inbound baby?

    Well, I have a daughter coming in early October, and I am wanting a new watch, to mark the occasion and to travel through our lives.

    I have for some time wanting a Black Bay (red bezel) but lately the Pelagos has really been shining out to me.

    I had a BB in my hands a few weeks ago, only saw one through the shop window, and I really did like the BB, I haven't seen a Pelegos in person before, but reviews, pictures and Youtube make me like the watch.

    Titanium, I no the metal, but it worries me that it won't standup, needs to perform weekend duties, new born, dog walking etc etc.

    How does the Pelagos wear compared to the BB? I know there's a weight benefit with the Pelagos.

    All advice is welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuKE View Post
    Well, I have a daughter coming in early October, and I am wanting a new watch, to mark the occasion and to travel through our lives.

    I have for some time wanting a Black Bay (red bezel) but lately the Pelagos has really been shining out to me.

    I had a BB in my hands a few weeks ago, only saw one through the shop window, and I really did like the BB, I haven't seen a Pelegos in person before, but reviews, pictures and Youtube make me like the watch.

    Titanium, I no the metal, but it worries me that it won't standup, needs to perform weekend duties, new born, dog walking etc etc.

    How does the Pelagos wear compared to the BB? I know there's a weight benefit with the Pelagos.

    All advice is welcome.
    I donít own either, but I have handled and worn both.

    I really like the Pelagos and were I not the owner of a Rolex diver and if the Pelagos dial did not have the words Ďrotor self windingí on it, I would own one. The dimensions are beefy but not silly, it would fit under a shirt cuff and go well with jeans, the finish seemed very good to me, but titanium seems to more easily collect marks and scratches - that simply is what it is. For me, the most pleasingly surprising aspect was how it wore. Because it is big, I expected a bit of heft. So I was quite surprised by how light it is. It would be easy to live with, I think.

    They arenít difficult to source, so Iíd strongly urge you to try both on for yourself.

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    Very different type of watch but when my son was born I commissioned a Dornbluth 99.1 with his name and DOB engraved on the movement. The personalised touch made a huge difference

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    I did a review of my Pelagos, posted here.
    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...-Tudor-Pelagos
    Will give you a bit more information, with the benefit of four years ownership.

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    Both great watches with a different look. One a very modern diver the other with a clear nod to the past. A question only you can answer I am afraid. See if you can try a Pelagos somewhere.


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    Congrats on your upcoming new arrival. We are also expecting in October and Iíve done the same. I also like the BB with Red bezel but as I already have a Tudor GMT I went for something different to anything else I have



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    I owned both at one time. Iíve still got the Black Bay...

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    I have tried both and prefer the Pelagos. Objectively it is kind of the perfect dive watch.

    As for the titanium, if it were me I just wouldnít worry about it. You said you want this watch to go through life with you, any watch will pick up marks, they will be your marks. It will still look great I think.

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    Titanium scratches easily and soon looks dull. Not my favourite material for a watch but great for bicycles etch

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    I personally find scratches on Ti don't show up as much as they do on stainless steel.

    Scratches on stainless tend to be shiny and stay that way, drawing your attention.

    Scratches on Ti dull over in a few hours and blend in with no shine.

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    I have owned at least 3 different black bays (I forget if 3 or 4), and one Pelagos. The Pelagos is the only one I miss. I found it was much nicer on the wrist that it was in the photos - the opposite of the Black Bay

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    Thank you for the replies.

    I was out cycling today, and had 50 or so miles to think! but came to no conclusion.

    I think tomorrow I will make a slight detour over to Lakeside to trying the Pelagos/Black Bay, tomorrow is Ikea and pushchair purchasing.

    I look after all my items I buy, that are a heavy investment, so scratches shouldn't be to much of an issue, I just don't want it to look beaten up in 2 years time.

    People mention Ti dulls, can this be buffed to a new state, like a cleaner wax (car products)?

    Just to add, I really love the clasp, very neat indeed, and I haven't seen anybody wear a Pelagos, seen 1-2 BB on the wrists out and about.

    Thanks
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    Ti is a naturally darker metal anyway (especially compared to polished SS), and I also found that the scratches did not show as much. The Pelagos I had was a few years old and had been worn, so was definitely not mint, but looked absolutely fine

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    My preference would be Pelagos - BB58 - BB GMT, in that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtagrant View Post
    Ti is a naturally darker metal anyway (especially compared to polished SS), and I also found that the scratches did not show as much. The Pelagos I had was a few years old and had been worn, so was definitely not mint, but looked absolutely fine
    The first scratch is always the worst. After a couple itís all much of a muchness, regardless of the material! Just my perspective...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuKE View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    I was out cycling today, and had 50 or so miles to think! but came to no conclusion.

    I think tomorrow I will make a slight detour over to Lakeside to trying the Pelagos/Black Bay, tomorrow is Ikea and pushchair purchasing.

    I look after all my items I buy, that are a heavy investment, so scratches shouldn't be to much of an issue, I just don't want it to look beaten up in 2 years time.

    People mention Ti dulls, can this be buffed to a new state, like a cleaner wax (car products)?

    Just to add, I really love the clasp, very neat indeed, and I haven't seen anybody wear a Pelagos, seen 1-2 BB on the wrists out and about.

    Thanks
    Luke
    Lakeside also have the 58 and GMT to try on and I wouldnít discount those. If itís a girl and you want to pass the wath on the 58 will be the one she would get use out of due to its smaller size. I did own a Pelagos and it is superb, especially in blue but I found it too tool like. Strange thing to say maybe but I realised it was not versatile enough for me. The bb is not my cup of tea personally. I just canít get on with the mix of silver bezel numbers and the faux brown minute track. The GMT is a cracker and the 58 as well.

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    Well, after some browsing of pushchairs and a purchase, we managed to head quickly into Lakeside, my wife is 33 weeks, and this weekend was warm, she struggled.

    Anyway, we headed inside, straight to the see the Pelagos. I managed to get the Pelagos and Black Bay, both in black dial. My wife like the Pelagos, she like the whiteness of the Pelly, the BB looked more "old fashioned"

    For me, both a new, kept looking at the Pelly, odd, as I have for 3 years liked and wanted a BB in red. Pelly felt nice, warmer to the touch, and lighter, I liked the layers of the dial too, it looks more utilitarian, which of cause it is compared to the BB.

    So, still unsure! More thinking to do while this week I do some final wallpapering and painting!

    Thanks
    Luke

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    Sounds like it is the Pelagos, but you need to get over the Black Bay Red.

    One of the things I disliked about the red was the gold handset along with the silver numerals on the bezel - didnít seem to match that well

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    Not sure how far you are in the Family tree but if you want to spend money then buy quality memories. Watches are nothing but commodities . You'd do better spending on something you could all share.

    ....if that sounds too soft then i'd go Pelagos all day long..... amazing watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Very different type of watch but when my son was born I commissioned a Dornbluth 99.1 with his name and DOB engraved on the movement. The personalised touch made a huge difference

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    That sounds like a nice idea. I like the fact they are commissioned individually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuKE View Post
    New watch, for inbound baby
    Thought this was a trade offer on SC for a second. My wife would have been making a bee line for the watch box, for the first time ever!

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    Well,

    I had chance to try the Pelagos several times, which was great.

    I love the look of the Pelagos, it looked and felt very utilitarian, now, I don't know if I like the LHD or normal version, the LHD was brought out, I wasn't interested, until I tried it on, then my decision was mudded!

    Here's a picture, I don't have big hands or wrists, but my wife says there perfectly sized.

    Here are some pictures

    https://ibb.co/C1QNpQ7
    https://ibb.co/0j9Ffp1

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    I think your wife was just being polite.

    Get something smaller, something that fits and something that you can some day pass down to a daughter. A 36mm Datejust might seem like a stretch now, but think long term.
    Last edited by Benji053; 10th September 2019 at 22:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuKE View Post
    Well, I have a daughter coming in early October, and I am wanting a new watch, to mark the occasion and to travel through our lives.

    I have for some time wanting a Black Bay (red bezel) but lately the Pelagos has really been shining out to me.

    I had a BB in my hands a few weeks ago, only saw one through the shop window, and I really did like the BB, I haven't seen a Pelegos in person before, but reviews, pictures and Youtube make me like the watch.

    Titanium, I no the metal, but it worries me that it won't standup, needs to perform weekend duties, new born, dog walking etc etc.

    How does the Pelagos wear compared to the BB? I know there's a weight benefit with the Pelagos.

    All advice is welcome.
    why don't you buy one that you can give to her to wear one day

    a Rolex OP 36mm ......or even a 39mm

    you or your wife could then wear it and pass it on one day

    it's about your daughter after all
    Last edited by BillN; 10th September 2019 at 22:36.

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    Which did you go for?

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