Normally watches with a black finish annoy the crap out of me! It’s been so overplayed and it’s getting to be very unoriginal and redundant. There are always exceptions in the watch industry!
For this Baselworld 2016, Tudor has released the amazing and cool Black Bay Dark. The case is 41 mm in stainless steel with a satinized black PVD coating. It’s available on a steel black PVD coated bracelet or a black distressed leather strap.
Both versions come with a grey hand woven nylon strap with steel black PVD coated hardware.
The bezel is Unidirectional rotatable steel bezel in black PVD-treated steel with matt black anodised aluminum disc. There is an upside-down triangle in red at the twelve o’clock position like the Tudor Black Bay Black which is a wink to Tudor’s heritage from their 1950’s models.
The dial is black with 8 circular indices, three dash indices and one upside down triangle with super luminova. The hands are snowflake hands that are also treated with super luminova for visibility at night.
What I love most is that the water resistance designation of 200m 660ft is written in red which is a nod to the James Bond red Submariner models from the 1960’s that are so sought after!
This watch is fitted with the NEW in house MT5602, Manufacture TUDOR (COSC) movement. The winding crown is Screw-down winding in black PVD-treated steel engraved with the TUDOR rose and the crystal is domed sapphire.
There are so many companies that are doing Rolex watches with black finishes. Rolex has never taken the plunge with their own brand or Tudor till now. In my opinion its very smart to make it available in Tudor because it’s a way of testing the waters to see how it performs and possibly make it available for Rolex in the future. All these different companies charge a hefty premium for doing black finishes. The NEW Tudor Black Bay Dark is a bargain at $4,150 on a distressed leather strap and $4,450 on the steel black PVD bracelet!
Please note: A couple of weeks ago in the beginning of November 2016, I had the chance to try on the Tudor Black Bay Dark on a black distressed strap as pictured above. I wasn’t expecting much even though I liked the watch. I was pleasantly surprised how much more I liked it. When companies do an all black finish to a watch it can look cheap and cartoonish. This was NOT the case with the Tudor Black Bay Dark. Since I have two first generation Tudor Black Bay models, including The Black Bay Burgundy and Black Bay Black, I was like “how different can it be?” It was very different! The Black Bay Dark is very stealthy in a way that the other two are not. It felt very rugged and cool. I love the contrasting red upside-down triangle on the bezel as well as the nod to the red Submariners from the sixties and seventies with 200m written in red on the dial. This felt like more of a modern watch than a vintage watch for sure. The other two models I own feel like something from the past while the Tudor Black Bay Dark has effortlessly brought us into the future. I highly recommend this piece if you want something completely different yet familiar within the Tudor family. I would love to see this watch on the all black oyster style bracelet. Tudor changed the bracelet on the Tudor Black Bay Dark from the original in Aug before its release. You can read all about that, here
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