Doesn't matter much. Because give it a year or so and you will probably end up buying whichever one you originally didn't lol.
At least that is what happened to me....sort of.
I was looking at a Tudor Black Bay (with the ETA movement) and the Speedy back in early 2018, when both could be had for roughly the same price.
I ended up with the Speedy, because I knew deep down that's what I REALLY wanted. I loved the look, the history and I knew it was a watch that someday I would have.
Then, later that year the Black Bay GMT is introduced, and I immediately decided that I wanted that one too. I wanted a GMT as well (I like tool watches) and I knew the 16570 that I REALLY wanted was probably not in the cards.
But with availability being an issue early on...and then the date wheel issue presenting itself, I ended up holding off for a while til I got one at the end of last year.
Now that the history is out of the way...my thoughts on the two?
I like the Speedy more, but now the GMT gets more wrist time.
I don't baby my watches, but I was always worried about the Speedy. With it being hesalite, I was always very mindful and cautious of banging it on stuff, to the point of almost annoyance. And then the whole water resistance thing. I know, I know. It would be fine. But I still was always very cautions about getting it wet.
So all of the above left me wanting something that I felt was a little more rugged. Something that I wouldn't be so "worried" about.
Enter the Tudor GMT. like I said, it has taken over in terms of wrist time. But for me it just serves a different purpose.
As for its wrist presence? It definitely feels thicker than the Speedy though technically it is hardly just. And I think that has everything to do with the case. It's just a thick, polished slab of metal, where as the Speedy gets its thickness from the domed caseback and crystal.
Maybe I'm not as picky as some, I don't mind any of the characteristics that people usually see as a negative. I don't think it is too thick or heavy, I don't care about the crappy bracelet and its rivets, and I sure as shit don't care about people saying it is just a Rolex wannabe.
Just realized I've typed a damn book. Sorry.
At the end of the day it comes down to what YOU want. Will you use a chrono more than a GMT? Do you want something a little more casual than dressy? Do you care about water resistance?
But I still stand by my earlier comment that if you are anything like me, you'll just end up with both at some point.
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