Launched in 2012 with a burgundy bezel, then updated with a midnight blue bezel in 2014, and finally a black edition followed in 2015, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is certainly the brands biggest success, until now. Why? Because of its retro-inspired look, its superb quality and affordable price. The Black Bay is HOT and COOL, never mind your budgetary funds. For Baselworld 2016, the Black Bay family has grown with the arrival of the Heritage Black Bay Bronze model, fitted with a bronze case, but there’s more: an increased size and Tudor’s Manufacture movement.
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Family
Until now, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay, with its three editions, was a very nice dive watch, inspired by some vintage watches of the brand and the Submariners of Tudor and Rolex. Inside ticks an ETA movement (a calibre 2824-2) accompanied by the iconic “snow flake” hands. Nice addition to the package is the possibility to have it on a beautifully finished Oyster bracelet, or on an aged leather strap; both choices come with an additional fabric strap. No doubt, this watch is cool.. Additionally the price is fair, starting just under € 3,000 Euros. Until now it existed in 3 editions: And now there’s a new kid in town…
The Black Bay family grows with the arrival of the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM. First and main attraction is for sure the material used. As a reference to the use of bronze in historic ships and other diving equipment, Tudor decided to update its best-seller with a case made in a high-performance aluminum / bronze alloy. As all the watches made in bronze, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM will have this warm and gold-looking colour, but not for long. It will age, (turning into a typical bronze green), depending on the way the wearer will use his watch. But don’t consider the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM as just an update of materials and colours… It goes several steps further and the list of updates is much longer. To make it simple, here are the evolutions:
Besides bronze as material for the case, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM also sports a larger size of 43mm in diameter (instead of 41mm). Bronze is also used for the bezel and the crown – meaning that the entire watch will gain patina for an homogeneous look. To match with the specific and warm colour of the case, this bronze Black Bay features a new bezel insert, still made in aluminum but now executed in anodised matte brown with ‘gilded’ numerals, depicting a 60-minute diving scale.
Different to previous editions, no metal bracelet will be available. Instead, in the box you’ll find an aged leather strap with bronze buckle and an additional fabric strap with bronze buckle too
A brand new dial
Similar to the Tudor Submariner, the previous editions of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay featured dials with a classical layout: a triangle at 12, batons at 3, 6 and 9 and dots at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11. The main novelty in the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM are the numerals applied at 3 – 6 – 9. The rest looks similar (triangle and dots). The indexes are still applied on the dial, made in pink gold, and filled with light beige luminous paint. The slightly domed dial is now coloured in matte brown, with gilt tracks and inscriptions, creating a look of a antique watch.
The new manufacture movement (calibre MT5601)
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM features the in-house movement of the brand. Launched at Baselworld 2015 with a date and a power reserve indicator on the North Flag (calibre MT5621), the family of calibre MT56xx now arrives in the Heritage Black Bay. The MT mention in its name stands for “Manufacture TUDOR”, and it is the very first movement entirely designed, developed and manufactured by Tudor.
Just like the rest of the family, the calibre MT5601 of the Black Bay Bronze, this chronometer rated movement boasts a 70-hour power reserve. This means that a wearer can, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it. The look and finish of the movement remains voluntarily quite “raw” without being unpleasant to look at.