A Worthy Successor?

One of my goals for the next year is to add a new chronograph to my collection. At this point I am not sure what direction I am going to go, but as I do my research I keep hearing people talk about Tudor's Black Bay Chrono as "the Daytona alternative." I think that opens a lot of interesting discussions, starting with whether it is even a good thing to be positioned as an alternative to something that has gained mythic status. But what about the Tudor vs. the Brietling Premier? That seems to be a more balanced comparison. Which do we like better? Jomashop is selling the Brietling for prices that are not that far off the Tudor. Are either a worthy successor? And for bonus points, do we like the Panda or the Reverse Panda?

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I’m not on the black bay chrono band wagon. I prefer the Breitling in this case. 

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I'm a Tudor fan and can't get on board with a lot of Breitlings.  They tend to be too busy and large for my tastes.  I just look at all those numbers and wonder who, while flying a plane, can make use of it. I like a watch that's more capable than I am, but at some point, it seems like overkill.  That said, this is a nice-looking watch and I wouldn't mind owning it.  It's just that the Tudor design language speaks to me in a way that Breitling's rarely does.

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I hear you Thekirs.  The Premier line speaks to me in a way the Navitimer generally does not.

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I tried the Tudor panda ,ordered it straight away, however that was a year ago still waiting.a chrono that's 200m water resistant cannot fault it 

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You bring up a good point Oldmanwatches.  All of the Tudor Chronos I have seen locally have been of the Reverse Panda variety, or steel and gold.  There are some availability issues to consider as well, especially if you want to buy in person.

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I think the Premier B01 might be my favorite Breitling period (perhaps aside from the new three hander and gmt Chronomats which integrate some of the Breitling DNA into a cleaner design).  I like the design of the pushers and shape of the hands more.

I have heard from various sources but never confirmed that there is a bracelet version of the B01 that has an on the fly adjustment.  That would push it over 100% for me because I just can't get over the non functional rivets on Tudor bracelets.

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Me too! i also would like a chrono in the collection as i don’t have one currently. Always mesmerise by either pandas

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I'm not a fan of either brand , but in this case the Breitling gets the vote  easily. I must say Breitling are definitely upping their game.

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They are largely the same watch due to shared movement. Tudor costs 1/2 as much. You can buy the Tudor and pick up another really nice piece for the same price.

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I am down with this Tudor but my dealer cannot get one for me.  Their supply has been extremely limited. 

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It seems the Tudor is running a modified Breitling movement. So I would pick the Breitling.

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I owned the BB Chrono in the Panda configuration. I ended up selling recently, as it wasn't getting the wrist time. It was/is a nice piece. I did find it a little thick. I prefer my Saphire Sandwich Speedy, but I'm aware it's more pricey and a manual wind. 

I like the Longines Chrono, which is decent value. I think Longines are killing it at the moment. 

I do quite like the Breitling. If I recall, the Tudor uses a Breitling movement for the BB Chrono. 

Difficult decision. Good luck. May the best watch win! 

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One of the reasons I thought this was an interesting comparison was the shared movement. You start off in the same place and then go different directions with it. If forces you to think about what you want.

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Gray1972, which Longines are you thinking?

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Love my Tudor Panda 🐼 

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HyenaWoods

I like the BB Chrono, but might I add the Omega Speedmaster Racing Reverse Panda to the chat?? (326.30.40.50.01.002)

It's 40MM, should run you less than the Tudor (pre-owned)  and its just honestly a kick ass watch!

No matter what you choose, happy shopping!

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Love the sub dials on this beauty!