yes! I took it to an AD and even they had trouble removing it. Once the bracelet is off I've been able to switch between strap (bought with both) and nato, but even that is much more difficult than my other watches. I was happy reading Mayer's review when it mentioned the difficulty in removing the bracelethttp://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-new-tudor-heritage-black-bay-black-reference-79220n-by-john-mayer
Have other's found the same difficulty removing the BB Bracelet?
As I mentioned in the comments on Hodinkee, that very same movement is also used in some 36mm watches, so that argument simply doesn't hold water.I enjoyed the review but don't understand this oversight: "The case is slightly larger than the dive watches it’s based on, and it doesn’t appear to be due to anything other than a less expensive and larger movement".
Looks like this chap John Mayer is like most people, and can't distinguish tight, accurate manufacturing tolerances from "oh it's like really hard to take the bracelet off".As I mentioned in the comments on Hodinkee, that very same movement is also used in some 36mm watches, so that argument simply doesn't hold water.
Plenty of other writers on Hodinkee (among many other places) have mistakes in their articles; plenty of NYTimes articles also have mistakes... it's a part of the game. When brought to their attention, they are usually corrected -- I'm a bit surprised they haven't done so here, given that it was brought up early on in the comments.Looks like this chap John Mayer is like most people, and can't distinguish tight, accurate manufacturing tolerances from "oh it's like really hard to take the bracelet off".
The point about movements suggests Mr Mayer doesn't have all the facts as well as too many opinions. The ETA is smaller than the Rolex movement, though not by a lot. He should stick to songwriting - he's very good at that by all accounts - but not commenting on stuff he doesn't know that much about (although obviously spends a very great deal of money on, which a lot of people do mistake for knowledge!)
That's true, but any opinion I have about whether the ETA movement is bigger or smaller than the Rolex movement is invalid; people are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. But then, this is the internetThat being said, I do find Mayer to have some interesting insight/opinions on watches that he's more accustomed to... those being much higher end, interesting and sometimes vintage pieces. YMMV as to whether you enjoy reading them, but no one is forcing you to do so and you can skip his articles as you please. It strikes me as a bit overzealous to say that . As for opinions, you know what they say -- everyone has one, including you!