Last week Tudor amazed us with the release of their One for Only Watch for 2015! I have been on a massive Tudor kick lately so I wanted to save this to share with those of you who don’t already know about it.
This is the first time Tudor has participated for this great cause. In keeping with Only Watch spirit, only one of this new model will be produced, a first for Tudor, which as a rule produces neither limited editions or one off pieces.
For this unique piece, Tudor decided to reinterpret a piece from their heritage. The original piece is known as ref 7923 which was launched in the mid 1950’s in small quantities. This was the company’s only divers watch to feature a hand wound mechanical movement and it’s baton type hands. The new piece is known as the Tudor Black Bay One.
The original Tudor ref 7923 was 37mm in diameter. This unique one off piece is 41 mm is case diameter. The ref 7923 had the luminescent painted directly on to the dial, whereas the reinterpretation has laid in applied gold colored inserts, ensuring its solid evolution. The NEW Black Bay One has a domed dial and crystal which pays homage to the original 1950 design. Usually the crystal from that time period would be acrylic, but by maintaining and achieving this aesthetic with sapphire and having the dial domed, it makes for a stunning visual for the wearer. The bezel is black and th dial is glossy black with gilt printing and gold baton hands. The two lines of verbiage at the six o’clock position read the water resistance rating in red and underneath it says “shock resisting”, like the original from 1954. Where it says the water resistance rating in red on the NEW Tudor Black Bay One, the Original ref#7923 said Submariner. At that time it was referred to as The Tudor Submariner.
The movement of the original 7923 was a hand wound mechanical movement. The NEW Tudor Black Bay One for Only Watch has the modified ETA 2894 self winding, automatic movement with 38 hour power reserve, exclusively made for Tudor
The crown is prominent like the original with no shoulders to protect it, keeping in line with the functionality and design of the original. This crown is mounted on an aluminum anodized tube which is the same color as the bezel for that subtle touch of modern day elegance. The bracelet is solid stainless steel with tube type attachments, which is a technical nuance used to describe a final link which doesn’t come into contact with the watch case. This is also a nod to the original 7923 reference but executed with the latest technology available. Two additional yet unique straps are included; a darky brown aged leather strap and a grey fabric strap.
The bottom line is I want this watch and I am sad that they are only producing one. However I know that this watch is being auctioned off for a good cause and I am proud of Tudor’s evolution in such a short period of time!
To hear my thoughts about the Tudor Black Bay One on my podcast, click here