Last year was a good year, quite frankly all around. I had a kid, grew much closer to Mrs. RCS, got into wing shooting and fly fishing, and had a great year at work. The good year at work yielded a good bonus, and the momentus occasion of having my first child warranted commemorating the event.
I reached out to my friends at Crown and Caliber to ask if they had the Black Bay Heritage (similar) with a metal strap. There wasn’t one on the website, but I know they have a ton of watches in stock that simply haven’t hit the website (yet). I was in luck, as they had just gotten one in, and the price what right were I wanted it. Rachel told me that they still needed to inspect it and clean it, but would let me know when it was ready. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind taking pictures so that I could share the process here.
I’m not big on having original documentation (as a lot are), as I plan on wearing it forever, and eventually giving it to my son. I have no plans to sell this watch, but it did include the box and papers with it. Since I am buying this watch second hand, I do care about warranty, even with a ~20% discount off the retail price. Crown and Caliber offers a one year, no questions asked warranty on all of their watches. Ring it up.
About a week later, she called and let me know it was ready:
…but first, the ‘intake’ process.
And the watch:
I literally couldn’t be more happy with the Tudor. The price point is right were I wanted it, and the values of Tudors are on the rise. The watch is a bit heavier that I’m used to, but it is my first divers watch, so the extra heft is expected. I plan on wearing this in a few different fashions, so I bought a couple bands to give it a couple looks:
The Original Bond NATO | Tudor metal bracelet | Everest Rubber Strap
I wanted a NATO strap, as I’ve always been fascinated with the old Connery Bond look. The 22mm black/green/red look should be pretty cool, and the price was just right. It may make the watch more casual, but I don’t think it dresses it down.
I’ve been following Everest for a while, and was excited to pull the trigger on their rubber strap, which is specially fit for the Tudor Heritage line. The quality of this strap is incredible. It’s extremely soft, and keeps the diver watch look. I’m not a big leather strap on a diver watch guy, simply because of the principle. This Everest strap should get lots of wear when we are at the beach or on the water.
I’m really excited to get this into the rotation. What do you think?