If you’ve been following the fanfare going on around the insanely successful, Crazy Rich Asians you’d have noticed that lead actor, Henry Golding has mostly been sporting a Cartier Santos 100, at his countless press junkets. Most recently, though, Cartier themselves have taken on Golding as a face of the brand and therein the watch he’s been seen most with has become a classy, gold Tank.

But as he shared recently with GQ, in a short video interview, it appears that Golding has been collecting timepieces for a while now. He had four pieces with him for the chat, showcasing the variety of his interest in watches: a Cartier Pasha XL Moonphase, a vintage Omega Seamaster De Ville, the earlier mentioned Santos 100 and, lastly, a Tudor Black Bay Black.

Henry Golding at the Cartier ‘bold’ party (Image: Cartier)
Henry Golding at the Cartier ‘bold’ party (Image: Cartier)

Of the four, we gotta admit that it was the Black Bay Black that had us stop and stare. Because, this isn’t just a Black Bay Black. Golding’s is a first-generation version with the gilt printed rose logo and “smiley” text at 6 o’clock.

This early Black Bay Black was introduced by Tudor in October of 2015. It was at Baselworld 2016 that the brand then introduced the next generation of the Black Bay family of watches fitted with their new in-house COSC certified caliber, MT5602. The dial also received a facelift with the brand’s shield logo and three lines of text at 6 o’clock.

Which means to say: The first-generation Black Bay Black was introduced and then taken off production within a mere four months. Granted Tudor’s production capacity suggest there would’ve still been a healthy number produced — still, just four months’ worth!

Henry Golding with his first-generation Tudor Black Bay Black on (Image: GQ.com/Brad Torchia)
Henry Golding with his first-generation Tudor Black Bay Black on (Image: GQ.com/Brad Torchia)
The first-generation Tudor Black Bay Black announced in October of 2015 (Image: Tudor)
The first-generation Tudor Black Bay Black announced in October of 2015 (Image: Tudor)
The second-generation Tudor Black Bay Black announced at Baselworld 2016 (Image: Tudor)
The second-generation Tudor Black Bay Black announced at Baselworld 2016 (Image: Tudor)

The early generation Black Bays, as we all know, are quite intensely sought after. Particularly so the Black Bay Black, as a result of its brief production-induced rarity. Golding having such an important part of this decade’s watch lore suggests that the man is a thoughtful collector.

Think about it, in order to have bought the Black Bay Black at the time of its release, Golding would’ve had to have been aware of Tudor’s coming of age. Or else, had he sought out the watch after it was out of production, then that would suggest that he deliberately went out and looked for the first-generation Black Bay Black. Either way, his pre-watch acquisition homework was on point.

Watch the compete video here. Also, take time to read an interview piece that GQ published, discussing Crazy Rich Asians with Golding, his watches and his Aquanaut dream.