The Tudor Black Bay without question has stole the show at Baselworld 2016. We have seen some very impressive watches from Tudor and most of them have been from the Black Bay collection!
The NEW Tudor Black Bay 36mm is one of the most talked about watches from the brand. This bridges the gap for those who want more of a simple three handed watch that completely flies under the radar and a tool watch at the same time. . It’s also great for those vintage collectors who like 36mm in size and is a perfect watch that can be worn by a women.
What I love most is that its super clean, no date and is completely symmetrical. This watch is available on an amazing aged brown leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Both versions come with a cool camouflage hand woven nylon strap. The case is stainless steel, 36mm polished on the side and bezel while the lugs are satinized. The dial is black with piped silver applied indices and iconic snowflake that are luminous. The movement is the 2824 ETA self winding automatic movement with 38 hour power reserve developed for Tudor. The crown is stainless steel screw down adorned with an engraved TUDOR rose in relief, with black anodised aluminum tube. This ensures water resistance to 150m or 500ft.
The best part about this watch is the price! You can purchase this on an aged leather strap for $2,525 or a stainless bracelet for $2,850. I believe this makes it quite possibly the best value watch in the watch game today!
I tried this watch on at a local boutique in Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug 21, 2016. I haven’t worn a 36 mm watch since I was 19 years old. Even though I report the trends in the watch industry, I don’t necessarily follow them for my own personal use. I was amazed at how comfortable and amazing this watch is live. It’s a modern day vintage tool watch. Even though is much smaller than I would wear, It’s super clean, understated and feels proportionate.
For those who want to get into the watch game and ease your way into it, this is the perfect watch to start out with something that has some serious street cred at an affordable price point! Today, 36 mm is almost too small for a man, but there are those out there that want something smaller and aren’t comfortable wearing a bigger watch. I tried it on with the camouflage hand woven nylon strap as pictured above and it felt modern yet familiar. The dial is poetically symmetric and it’s jet black with applied indices. The vintage watch wearer will be happy with it’s execution and diversify it completely by outfitting it with different straps options. I own two Tudor Black Bay models but this feels very different. It’s not trying to be vintage but yet in some ways it just is!
Women will be happy that they finally have a watch they can wear without saying “I am wearing a mans watch.” It can be feminine at the same time as well. This may just be the ultimate unisex timepiece to own!