Sure, the Tudor Black Bay is incredible in itself (we will go on and explain in a minute), but it has also cemented its bigger status in the Tudor universe by becoming the undisputed flag-bearer in Tudor's repositioning/resurgence as a watchmaker with a distinct personality. Tudor's corporate strategy has continued and recently reached a milestone with its 2015 introduction of its first in-house movement, officially joining the elite squad of top watch brands with movement manufacturing capability.
We've had the chance to spend some time with the Tudor Black Bay last week and this, is our On the Wrist on the Tudor Black Bay in red. Let's check it out.
Another watch - also a vintage Tudor Submariner - that influenced the Black Bay's conception from a design point of view, is the Tudor Submariner "Snowflake" (we've recommended a lovely Snowflake in our first Weekend Brunch Report). It's easy to see how. The "Snowflake" hour hand seen on the Black Bay clearly gives nod to the similarly styled original Submariner "Snowflake" in production in the 60s and 70s.
On the other hand, the Tudor Black Bay also, to my surprise, feels very "warm", welcoming and almost instantly personal. Upon further investigation, I believe I've had a pretty good grasp of what it is. It's an impression created under the superb, pleasant combination of the red bezel and crown tube, as well as the dial which is adorned with solid rose gold surrounds. It is at that moment we realised the Tudor Black Bay is much more than just a diver intended to play its role in the coldest, deepest water, instead, it could feel perfectly at home when worn to more casual settings, for example in coffee shop for a lighthearted gathering with your close friends.
Well done there, Tudor, well done.
Tudor Black Bay Specifications
Case: 41 mm diameter, one way steel bezel, water resistance 200 m
Movement: Tudor-modified caliber 2824
Leather strap, steel bracelet, or woven fabric strap
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