Black Watch may very well be the number two tartan in popularity - after Stewart Royal. It is a universal tartan and therefore for any man to wear. Women will wear it too, because it is very often used for kilted skirts or just skirts. You may also see it used in interior design.
The main colour is green/blue but on many of the pictures below it was necessary to lighten up colours in Photoshop, or the kilt had appeared black. Hence the name Black Watch.
In this gallery there are three different kilts in Black Watch tartan, starting out with a 5 yard off-the-peg kilt from Irish company, O'Neil of Dublin.
The next kilt is from Heritage of Scotland, a 5 yard kilt made-to-measure.
Kilt #3 is a very cheap kilt from Tartanista.
You'll notice that the tartans are not 100% identical. That is due to the fact that several varieties of the Black Watch tartan exist and that colors may vary from mill to mill and even from production to production. Also the fabric plays a role. No doubt the tartan used on for the Tartanista kilt comes from Pakistan.
O'Neil of Dublin
The fabric is 10 oz. wool, meaning it is a lightweight kilt. The length is 23". Something special is that it is not lined, which you can see on picture 2/32. The sewing quality is excellent, but O'Neil seems to have stopped making kilts for men.
The kilt is branded John Morrison, but today Heritage of Scotland will use this designation for ladies' kilts omly. The length is 23" and the fabric is 16 oz. wool. In some of the pictures, 11/32 and 12/32, it is worn with accessories for dress-up events.
If you compare this kilt with the O'Neil kilt above it is obvious that the O'Neil kilt has more, but not as deep pleats.
This kilt in Black Watch tartan is a 5 yard Value Kilt. It is cheap, really cheap. If your waist size is that of a teen-age boy, 30", it can be yours for £16.95. If you are a man with a little more substance it is £22.95 from 34" to 42", And from 50" to 54" you only have to pay another £2 on top. Add to that, that with three tartans you have a choice of three different lengths, 22", 24" and 26".
I went for the short version, which I can wear either at shortest correct length (one inch above knee) or shorter.
And what do you get for that little money?
That was what I wanted to find out when I ordered this kilt. Well, pleats are NOT sewn down; you may take a look at picture 29/32. This I could already tell from the pictures on Tartanista's website, so that was what I expected. But it is lined and the thread which keeps it in place, cleverly also keeps the pleats together and thereby gives you the feeling of a fell.
The kilt has three buckles and straps of reasonable quality and the sewing quality is not super quality. But the real problem is the fabric, "10 oz. 100% acrylic". Acrylic fabrics tend to peel, but this more than any other I have seen. I should suggest, therefore, that you always wear it without a sporran, meaning as a very casual garment.
Value for money? Earlier I have said Yes. But having worn the kilt today and looked at it, I must correct myself. The fabric is too bad to qualify for a recommendation.
I have dealt with Tartanista several times. Freight is cheap and delivery fast. And I think that their more expensive De Luxe kilts are of better quality than this "Value" kilt.