By Jovan Krstevski
Remember the Tudor Divers Watch released in red and in blue? I bet you’re also expecting another release in a different color, well you’re as right as I am. Without further ado here comes the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black. If you’ve got keen eyes, you’ll also notice that the new Black Bay owes to the unique design of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay One which is going to be auctioned at Only Watch 2015 this coming November 7th. What I personally love about this release is that it is the brand’s effort of revisiting its heritage or in simpler words back to basics. There is a breath of vintage Tudor encapsulating the new Black Bay and no matter what strap you wear it on, you would be looking at an incredible timepiece perfect for sports, casual or special occasions in your life.
The case of the new Black Bay is made of stainless steel at the standard 41 mm sporty specification. The bezel looks tough and very powerful with the lugs providing strong masculine lines. Adding to the vintage appeal is the large winding crown that owes its design to the reference 7924 or the renowned Big Crown. Meanwhile, the overall retro finishing touches of the Black Bay case owes much to the first ever Tudor diver’s watch released way back in 1954 only known as the reference 7922. As you can see, there is a long line of heritage with the Black Bay making it a rare collectible watch. The black bezel still sports the red triangle followed by large Arabic minute markers by the usual 5-minute increments.
The dial is obviously in black with bright dotted hour markers and the bar sized 3, 9 and 6 o’clock markers. The 12 o’clock marker is an elongated reversed triangle much like the red triangle shown at the black bezel. The hands resembles snowflakes which is clearly a recall of the renowned various Tudor releases ranging from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. What I like about this kind of presentation is its extreme precision and utter readability besides it is a sports watch for crying out loud.
Ok so let us go to the movement which is the Automatic caliber 2824. As of the moment, all I could tell of this amazing movement is that it provides up to 38 hours of power reserve and is operational up to 200 meters. More on this movement as we go along but for the meantime, I will go just go ahead and talk about the Black Bay’s bracelets.
You can wear this watch in stainless steel bracelet for casual attires since it gives a more elegant look compared to the sporty ambiance of the aged leather. However, I personally like the feel of an aged leather because it is more comfortable and more vintage looking besides it also comes with folding clasp and safety catch. Furthermore, the watch is also supplied with additional fabric strap which for me is quite useless once you wear the steel bracelet or the aged leather one. Then comes the reasonable retail price point at $3,425 with the steel bracelet and $3,100 with the aged leather strap. For more info, please visit tudorwatch.com
JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion jump started in his early teens when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. Read his articles here