I never really liked the look of gold cases on watches or steel and gold watches until I started distributing Kingsley 1945 watches. Gold can be a very flashy looking medal, especially 18kyg! The reason I can stomach it on Kingsley 1945 watches is because the gold tone is made out steel with bronze coating which is not as flashy but rich at the same time.
Much is the case with the NEW Tudor Black Bay S&G released at Baselworld 2017! Even though bronze isn’t used on this model, it sure looks like it. The process Tudor uses on the NEW Black Bay S&G goes back to the days of gold capping or wrapping steel with a gold sleeve. This makes for a much better result in the process because it’s thicker and will have more longevity than regular gold plating. This colorizes this iconic model without compromising its integrity.
The gold in the bezel and end links are solid gold while there is .6mm of gold in the crown and .25 of gold used in the links. The rest is more or less the same as the Black Bay models. It has the in house MT5612 movement with 70 hour power reserve. The only thing I don’t like and where I feel the watch is unbalanced is a date function was added on this watch. This would be the only Black Bay model in the Tudor collection with a date. I don’t know why Tudor would do this? The beauty of the Black Bay models is their nod to the vintage models from the 1950’s which never had date functions. Plus I am just NOT a fan of date functions. It throws off the symmetry big time! That aside it’s still a gorgeous watch.
The accents of gold on the bezel and the gold in the riveted Oyster style bracelet really accent the gold accents on the dial and make the watch look warmer . When you look at this watch from afar it look familiar because it resembles a steel and gold Rolex Submariner. Although when you look closer at it, you realize it’s very different and doesn’t look at all flashy but more everyday wearing.
The case is stainless steel and 41mm like the other Black Bay models with polished sides and satinized on the top of the lugs. It’s water resistant to 200 meters and is available on a S&G bracelet for $4,975, a black distressed version for $3,775 and both version come with a hand woven nylon strap with stainless steel hardware. You just can’t beat that for a watch with an in house movement with steel and gold. The value is just outstanding. Don’t get me wrong I am not exactly waiting to buy this watch immediately but if I wanted a Tudor Black Bay with a little more character this would be it.
These watches should be available at retailers and Tudor Boutique’s in the next couple of months. Please contact me here to help you order yours today!