Baselworld 2017: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel 79730 Watch

By Keith Bombrys

As a remake of this timepiece first introduction in 2012, The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is back and better than ever. This watch has been a huge contributor to success of Tudor in recent years. This release is only one of several different variations of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay. As most can see with this latest variation, the Black Bay Steel comes jam packed with all sorts of surprises and features with the greatest feature being that this variation is the first to come with a calendar function.

At first glance, the potential buyer can see the eye-catching brushed steel finish, as indicated in the piece’s name, and the old school remnant features of the piece. The 41mm wide case is more than adequate to house the classic Tudor watch look that we have all become so fond of. The dial, the bezel, the face, and the hands all have intricate vintage details that make Heritage Black Bay pieces so great. The hands are a beautiful crystal-like white along with the crystal-white hour markers that collectors have become accustomed to over the years. At three o’clock sits the meter for display of the date. The unidirectional diver’s bezel is marked in matte black and gives the piece a real subtle look, matching the face of the piece wonderfully. The classic Tudor logo sits on the face of the piece just below the luminous triangle pointer that marks 12 o’clock (again, a very classic Tudor Heritage Black Bay symbol). This chronograph is a dive watch and is water resistant up to 200m.

One major difference in this piece as opposed to previous Black Bay pieces is the movement is different. The main reason for the change in movement is because of the addition of the date function. This watch uses the Pelagos in-house movement as opposed to the Blue Bay standard Calibre MT5612. This Pelagos movement is created by Tudor and exclusive to Tudor wristwatches and has become very efficient in timekeeping and data storage. As a result of this new in-house movement, the date function automatically jumps and adjusts itself for the possible lag over time. This watch comes standard with a khaki green fabric strap which provides the user with functionality at its best. The buyer has an option of getting a riveted steel bracelet, or the black aged leather strap with folding clasps. Both upgraded strap options suit the piece very well not only in style but in functionality, design, and comfort ability.

Most other Black Bay editions are based on the models that came out in the 1950’s and the 1960’s, but this remake appears it comes from the 1980’s and the 1990’s. The classic, vintage style of the former Black Bay pieces is still very noticeable in this piece. The price range varies in thie piece when the buyer selects either the steel bracelet, leather bracelet, or the khaki bracelet. The steel bracelet is priced at $3800, the black leather and the khaki strap at $3475. Baselworld is now well under way, so now is your chance to get this once in a lifetime piece.

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