What is BaselWorld without Tudor releasing a couple of new Black Bays? This year was no exception…
I’ll walk you through the new models including a brand new chronograph and of course all the new Black Bays
The Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
Many people have been waiting for Tudor to release another chronograph. Here it is.
41mm stainless steel case, matte black dial, 45 minute chronograph register, snowflake hands and date window at six o’clock. The watch have screw down pushers and is water resistant to 200m.
The real interesting thing with this release is the movement. The movement is not an in-house movement. It’s called MT5813 with a vertical clutch and column wheel. The movement is actually a Breitling B01 that is modified by Tudor. Quite an interesting collaboration.
Well, to be honest I’m not impressed by the design. I find the sub-dials to far apart and the hands look thin. They should’ve skipped the iconic Snowflake hands on this one.
Altough I find the movement to be quite interesting and if you can live with the design you’ll probably end up with a great chronograph with a lot of bang for the buck.
The retail price for this chronograph is $5,050 on the bracelet and $4,725 on the leather strap (both versions come with the NATO-strap).
The Tudor Black Bay Steel
The first one of two new Black Bays from the 2017 release. This model has a steel bezel and also, for the first time, a date window.
A nice vintage flirt is the red text “200m:660ft” and the riveted bracelet. Otherwise there’s not so much difference from this release and the other iterations of the Black Bay.
Well, even if it’s not the most exciting release by Tudor the last couple of years I still like the look of it.
The Black Bay Steel will retail $3,800 on the bracelet and $3,475
The Tudor Black Bay Steel & Gold
Yes, another Black Bay. Altough this one is a little bit more special. For the first time in bicolor.
The bezel is made in solid gold on this one, the gold crown and center gold links of the bracelet are not. They are gold-capped, meaning it isn’t plaque or gold plated. Gold-capped means that there is a shell around the steel crown and center link of 18 carat gold. The clasp is only in stainless steel but I would rather see it in gold aswell. Very well. It looks pretty nice however and the price is humane.
The watch will retail around $4,800 on the bracelet and $3,600 on the strap.
The Tudor Black Bay 41
So, last year Tudor released a Black Bay measuring 36mm. A very well received model. Altough many people that liked the looks of it found it too small. This year they bumped the size up to 41mm. In my opinion that’s about 2mm too big.
Altough it still looks clean. And I guess it will be a hit this year aswell.
Pricing for the Black Bay 41 is $2,625 on the leather strap and $2,950 on the bracelet.