Baselworld 2016: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark Watch

By Harlan Chapman-Green

If you’re a fan of all thinks dark like the night for instance, or Darth Vader’s helmet or even just a nice black Mercedes-Benz you’re sure to love and maybe add this new Tudor to your collection. For Baselworld 2016 the Heritage Black Bay Dark has been revealed and it’s rather handsome too,  if you’re wondering about Tudor then fear not because Rolex’ smaller sibling is still climbing that very seriously long ladder to the top, but each new watch takes us closer and closer to that ultimate goal.

This watch seriously has a lot going for it now, folks. And I’m not even going to play around with the thought, but just come right out and say that it’s most Rolex funding that helped this, but what the hey, like most things that doesn’t bother me at all, it’s the finished article that counts! talking about finishing, the watch is finished in a way we didn’t see coming at all, back Physical Vapour Deposition, or PVD for short. While it’s indeed a different approach to, say DLC coating or even making the entire watch from ceramic, this was in the end probably the best way to go for this watch. A DLC coating could potentially drive up the costs of manufacture and purchasing while a ceramic case and bracelet would simply be too delicate for a practical go-anywhere watch which the Black Bay most definitely is. As I have mentioned, the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark watch comes in two different variations, both of which share the same actual watch part. What changes is the strap, there’s a black distressed leather strap for the formal functions and a black PVD coated bracelet in the same satin finish as the case for the lazy days, even better is that both come with a black NATO strap for the sporting adventures.

The technical stuff doesn’t just stop outside of the case like all Tudor watches this has to be rough and ready on the inside too, which is where the new in-house made movement comes in handy. The MT5602 calibre has received a big step up in terms of build quality, reliability and accuracy, so much so that it’s now an officially certified COSC chronometer timepiece. It’s a big step but they’ve made it and now their journey continues onwards. The movement also offers a practical 70 hours of power reserve built in as well. The pricing for the watch on the leather is $4150 or $4475 for the bracelet version. For more info, please visit



A keen bass guitar player, Harlan enjoys all the perks modern watchmaking technologies the industry has to offer. Although you might catch him sampling Omegas or the “odd” Rolex, Harlan loves all things Haute Horology, with his three favourite brands being Breguet, A.Lange & Söhne and Vacheron Constantin. He hopes to study timekeeping more in depth someday and will never be able to thank his father enough for introducing him to the industry. You can follow him on Instagram Read his articles here