Things have been so crazy lately that I totally missed writing about a particular Tudor Watch that was realeased at Baselworld earlier this year. I am talking abot the Tudor Black Bay Steel pictured above. For starters, I recently had a chance to try this watch on. Let me preface this by saying, I was skeptical going in. Typically I dont’t like all steel bezels on all steel watches unless there is some sort of contrast. As soon as I put it on, I was proven wrong. This watch isn’t the monocromatic cliche that everyone is wearing, this is a vintage watch reborn with modern and robust parts from start to finish. It’s almost like if a Rolex 1970’s Expolorer II and a vintage Tudor Submariner from the 1950’s mated and the NEW Tudor Black Bay Steel is their lovechild.
Having my own Tudor Black Bay Black, I knew it would seem familiar but in reality it took my by surprise, in a good way! The dial is the same as the Black Bay 36mm and Black Bay 41mm. It’s jet black with applied indices which makes it minimilistic and classic. The subtle but impactful punch of red (depth rating) writing above the six o’clock position brings us back to those vintage Rolex and Tudor models that we have all come to revere as “The Holy Grail” of watches to own. Even though the bezel is steel on steel it has that familiar nod to almost a vintage Rolex Explorer II style in the way it’s numbers are prinited. It’s accented with the subtle yet iconic upsidown triange in red like the vintage Tudior and Rolex Submariner models of the 1950’s. The bracelet is a thrownback to the vintage steel rivited bracelets that were on vintage Rolex professional models. THe movement is the in house MT5612 calibre with 70 hour power reserve.
I have to say it’s an incredibly good looking watch, comforatble and ticks all the boxes for me. THe price is NOT that much more than a Tudor Black Bay Black with in house movement. It’s $125 more at $3,800. Believe me I don’t like paying premiums on anyrhing so to pay $125 more for red writing seems absurd but it does make the watch that much cooler. It’s a subtle touch that keeps you captivated at the dial for much longer, so what the hell, why not!
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