The origins of the Tudor brand go back to February 1926, when Philippe Hüther's widow's house was founded. In October 1936, the company definitively sold The Tudor brand to Hans Wilsdorf, creator of the Rolex brand. After the Second World War, in March 1946, he created the company "Montres TUDOR S.A." specializing in men's and women's models. The technical, aesthetic, and functional characteristics were guaranteed by Rolex, as were distribution and after-sales service. What Hans Wilsdorf wanted to do with the Tudor brand was to manufacture a watch at a more modest price than the Rolex, that would be at the same level of reliability. It was a daring gamble, but Wilsdorf succeeded.
This new Tudor Black Bay watch was released on July 1, 2020, and has made a strong impression on collectors and watch enthusiasts alike. The new reference M79030B has the particularity of having its blue dial and bezel. This model is a tribute to the first diver's watches of the Tudor brand. This new Black Bay refers to the year 1958 when the first Tudor diver's watch water-resistant to 200 meters, the reference 7924 nicknamed the Big Crown, was presented. This model has a 39 mm diameter case that is close to the proportions characteristic of models from the 1950s.
In 1969, the Tudor brand launched a diver's watch with a blue dial and bezel. Soon, the other sports watches in the collection also became blue. It so happens that these models at the time were adopted by the French Navy for its diver's watches in the 1970s. It is in this tradition that this new model of Black Bay 58 known as Navy Blue is inscribed with its navy blue dial and bezel disc. A color that we find on the leather strap proposed with this model and made from synthetic material.
Characteristics of the Tudor Black Bay
This new Black Bay 58 is equipped with a Tudor manufacture movement. Three years after presenting its first Manufacture calibre, Tudor announces a second family of movements, including the MT5402 calibre, which is a self-winding movement. With a diameter of 26 mm, this calibre displays the hours, minutes and seconds functions. This movement equips Tudor watches of an intermediate size such as this magnificent Black Bay.
Its construction is designed for robustness, longevity, and reliability. With its 70-hour power reserve, the Manufacture Calibre MT5402 is chronometer-certified by the COSC, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. The Black Bay 58 is available with a riveted steel bracelet with a polished and satin-finished finish, or in leather with a folding clasp. It is also available with a fabric strap. The fabric strap is manufactured by a family business in the Saint-Etienne region of France.
This watch features the so-called Snowflake hands, which appeared in the brand's catalog as early as 1969. The watch is guaranteed for 5 years, its case is in 39 mm steel, with a polished and satin finish. The watch is water-resistant to 200 meters, it also has a unidirectional rotating steel bezel with an aluminum disc, and the crystal is sapphire. This watch is available in the boutique for 3 460€ with the steel bracelet, and 3 160€ with the leather or fabric strap.
The big advantages one could enumerate for this watch are of course its price as it defies any competition for this quality, as well as its movement which is manufactured, as well as its comfort. Having tried it, it is really very comfortable to wear. This watch has a lot of charm because to see a watch with a blue dial and a blue bezel is very rare.
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