One of the hottest watches of 2018, now shown on some new watch straps, right here!
If you’re a regular here on the Online Mag, you’ll know we appreciate the work of Tudor to create well made modern-day tool watches with a subtle nod to their history. The Black Bay lineup saw a new addition at Baselworld 2018 in the form of a GMT that further cemented Tudor’s strong position in the value proposition category for sub £3,000.A metal bracelet, fabric strap and a leather strap are all strap choices to pick from with the GMT, however, as we know very well, strap choices don’t end there. The 22mm lug width means plenty of our range looks great on the GMT which is where WatchGecko comes in. Let’s look at a few options to transform and upgrade your Black Bay GMT.
Before we jump straight in, a few things to consider on the Black Bay GMT. Firstly that case thickness. People either love or loathe this but either way, it’s there and something to consider. The GMT comes in right around 14.5mm so you’ll want to keep an eye on strap thicknesses to ensure you end up with something suitable. Although we see both red and blue on the watch, these colours are quite subdued meaning straps with beige stitching or tonal colours will work well. And as we just mentioned 22mm watch straps are the ones to go for here. Ready? Let’s get into it…
ZULUDIVER Marine Nationale Military Nylon Watch Strap - Blue and Red
Now we know Military style straps aren’t for everyone, but when a combo is this good we can’t help but include it. We currently have 13 colour options available for the Marine Nationale and this one combines a subtle blue with a rich red. The reason this combo works so well with the Black Bay GMT is because of how well the red and blue on the watch match the toned-down colours of the strap pretty perfectly.
Any brighter and the strap would look out of place and quite clumsy on the watch. Check it out here.
Racing Water-Resistant Textured Rubber Strap - Dark Blue
This next strap is a really unique one (in a good way of course.) Here we have the Racing Textured strap. Despite its leather-like appearance, it may come as a surprise to you to hear this strap is actually rubber and as they all go through a 72-hour immersion test you can be sure these straps are super water-resistant. Here the blue option has silver/grey stitching which effectively picks up on the silver details on the dial.
The lining of this strap is a water resistant material, which is very reminiscent of the sort of equipment you might use for water sports.
The Geckota Derain Leather Strap - Dark Brown
I’ll admit we always find ourselves defaulting to the Highley leather strap when suggestions straps for Tudor watches due to that slight thickness advantage, however, I think the Derain leather is equally as great. This strap shares similar stitching to the Highley, however we see double stitching as well.
Here the Dark Brown once again matches that subtlety of the red and blue and the incredibly soft suede lining makes it perfect for daily wear. Check it out here.
Geckota Solid Warrington Watch Strap
This next strap takes inspiration from Tudor's big brother Rolex. The same year Tudor announced the GMT, Rolex released the Pepsi GMT Master II in steel on a Jubilee. Hence why we have gone for the Warrington metal bracelet to pay respect to that look.
We’ve stuck with the straight metal ends here on the strap which some of you may not be crazy about, however, we enjoy how the look plays into the whole vintage vibe of the GMT.
Alligator Print Rubber Divers Strap - Black / WhiteFinally, we have a very practical rubber strap but with the appeal and style of a classic crocodile strap, the Alligator Print Rubber. Although this isn’t a look you wouldn’t think would work, once you see it, it does make sense. The white stitching option will tie the whole watch and strap together, picking up on the lume and silver details on the dial.
The juxtaposition of this straps style is one of major factors that make it so appealing. It acts as a nice reflection of the versatility of the modern sports watches. Check it out here.
Geckota Ashbourne Riveted Aviation Strap - Chocolate Brown
Now, this is probably a combo you wouldn’t initially expect to see on a Tudor, but hear us out. This style of strap was made popular because of aviation-themed adventures which of course plays on this watches main distinctive feature over other Black Bays, it’s GMT function. The brushed rivets are a perfect match to the brushing on the top lugs, the thickness is right around 4.5mm making it well balanced for the Black Bay GMT and finally that Chocolate Brown colour in an incredibly complimentary one for the piece.
If you want to draw the historical talking points out of the GMT, this is the strap for you.
Flyboard Leather / Rubber Water Resistant Strap - White
This strap has only been on the site a few months and it’s already been extremely popular. We’ve put it on the Speedmaster, the Submariner and now the Tudor Black Bay GMT. The Flyboard Leather / Rubber excels on watches that have a generous amount of silver and white on the dial which explains why we love it on the GMT. The strap feels like a rubber one on the wrist however the addition of the leather gives it a nice sense of balance. It may be a little bold and a bit out there for some, however I can't help but love how this strap looks on so many popular sports watches.
And there you have it, seven different straps to give the Tudor Black Bay GMT very different looks. Of course, we have plenty more straps available on the website, so as always don’t forget to click here to see the full range. We’d love to see the combos you decide to go for on the Tudor Black Bay GMT, so be sure to post your pictures on Instagram and tag us @watchgeckomag.
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