Hot on the heels of the vintage inspired Black Bay One unique piece that Tudor produced for the Only Watch 2015 charity auction (read our story here), the Swiss-brand has, once again, expanded its Heritage Black Bay collection. The new Heritage Black Bay Black will be sold alongside the red- and blue-bezel diver’s watches, which were introduced in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
The Black Bay Black (reference 79220N) isn’t drastically different from the previously introduced Black Bay references, the biggest difference is the matt black unidirectional steel bezel, which features a red triangle at the zero position. The stainless steel case remains at 41mm, and features both polished and satin finishes. A domed sapphire crystal protects the black dial and pink-gold hands, and like the original red-bezel Black Bay, you’ll find false patina luminescent material in the hour, minute and second hands, as well as the hour markers.
Being a diver’s watch, the Black Bay Black has a screw-down steel crown, with a bezel-matching black anodised aluminium crown tube. Water resistance remains unchanged at 200-metres and within the watch, you’ll find Tudor’s self-winding calibre 2824 movement, which offers approximately 38 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Like its older counterparts, this watch always offers its owner multiple wearing options – whether you purchase the timepiece with the bracelet or the distressed leather strap, you always get a high-quality fabric strap with a pin buckle.
It seems Tudor is paying close attention to chatter on watch discussion platforms because when it unveiled the unique Black Bay One earlier in the year, it seemed like everywhere you looked, people were gushing about how much they loved the unique piece. The Black Bay Black isn’t quite as big of a knockout as the Black Bay One is, but it creates 90 percent of the magic – we’ve already come across serious amounts of love for this new watch on Instagram.
The handsome 41mm case and domed crystal make a return in this Black Bay, traits that were inspired by Tudor’s first diving watch, the Submariner reference 7922. But, while some of you might be cringing at the fact that Tudor has produced yet another color reference, this watch is actually quite special in a lot of respects. In fact, we think the Black is perhaps the best of the Black Bay collection in terms of putting on a proper vintage show.
The red triangle on this watch’s bezel is an aesthetic that late 1950s Tudor dive watches featured, and it is also an element that you won’t find on the other two Black Bay models. The snowflake hour hand is another throwback to vintage Tudor models, and while the other Black Bay references featured the same hour hand, the striking color of the red- and blue-bezels gave those models a contemporary look. The black bezel on black dial of the latest Black Bay, coupled with the false patina of the luminescent material make this watch the most vintage looking reference in the Black Bay collection.
You can further accent the Black Bay Black’s vintage looks by deploying the included fabric strap. We were partial to the distressed leather strap on the red-bezel Black Bay, and the bracelet on the blue-bezel reference but, based on pictures, we think the fabric strap is the best option for the Black Bay Black.
Tudor has once again turned to its calibre 2824 automatic movement, the same calibre that powers the red- and blue-bezel references. The calibre 2824 is based on an ETA movement, and while we are somewhat disappointed that Tudor hasn’t fitted its own in-house movement, which you can find in the new for 2015 Tudor North Flag and older Pelagos, we can’t say we’re surprised. We’re sure Tudor’s in-house movement will make it into the Black Bay collection once it receives a full refresh, which will probably include a new case and dial design. Rumors are that this may happen at some point in 2016 but be warned, the addition of an in-house movement will probably make the Black Bay collection more expensive.
Availability has yet to be announced but we reckon the Ahmed Seddiqi managed Rolex boutiques in Dubai will have the new Heritage Black Bay Black within a month. As far as pricing is concerned, we expect this watch to cost about the same as the red- and blue-bezel references, approximately US $3,400.
To learn more about the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black, click here.