A few weeks back, we took a look at some of the newest watches on the market at the Baselworld 2017 convention. While obviously Rolex makes big splashes every year and had some great new additions to their lineup, Tudor has been steadily growing and has all but taken over the $2,000-$5,000 price range.
This year, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono made waves with it’s really interesting new design. Over the past few years, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay watches have been absolutely on fire.
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They have a simple design, great price point, and are loosely tied enough to Rolex to make them stand out in a collector’s mind. Everything about them is high quality, and more importantly…they just look great.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono brings a different vibe to the Black Bay line
The Black Bay has been a solid diving watch since Tudor introduced it decades ago, and it has even been compared very closely with the Rolex Submariner. The Black Bay Chrono however is something in a totally new direction for Tudor.
Rather than just continuing the focus on being a dive watch, the Chrono is essentially a mix between a dive watch and a racing watch.
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This watch represents some risk taken by Tudor, as it dips it’s toes into the “watch that does it all” category. The new features on the Black Bay Chrono include two sub dials at 3 and 9 o’clock, screw down pushers for the chronograph function, a tachymetric scale (very similar to a Rolex Daytona), and a textured black dial.
As per usual with Tudor watches, the visibility on the new Black Bay Chrono is great. The black dial contrasts with the iconic “Snowflake” hands nicely, although the end of the hour and minute hands tend to block the sub dials during certain points of the day.
Another nice feature of this watch is the small date function at 6 o’clock, which is also a departure from the Black Bay watches that we’ve seen Tudor roll out in recent years. Any time a fine watch includes a date function, it immediately becomes eligible as a daily wear in our eyes.
The engraved tachymetric scale on the bezel is also easy to read, but does look shockingly similar to the one usually featured on the Rolex Daytona. Whether or not this watch should really have a tachymetric scale on the bezel is certainly up for debate, but it is at least well done.
The Black Bay Chrono features a 70 hour power reserve, which is definitely impressive. Believe it or not, the Manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813 is actually shared technology with Breitling. Breitling manufactures this movement, and then Tudor updates it with their own styling, balance wheel, and hairspring.
If you’re looking for a watch that does several different things (which goes against the norm a bit in the fine watch world), this is it. You could definitely make the argument that there is just too much going on with this watch, but it’s an interesting experiment by Tudor to say the least.
The part dive watch, part racing watch is certainly an interesting departure, and we look forward to seeing how this watch is received over the coming years.
41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
Fixed steel bezel with engraved tachymetric scale lacquered in black
Manufacture Calibre MT5813 (COSC)
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Approximately 70 hours
Steel screw-down winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and lacquered in black, with black anodised aluminium winding crown tube
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
Steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch
Additional fabric strap with buckle included in the box
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono marks a definite turn for the iconic Black Bay line. The added functionality of a chronograph, tachymetric scale, and date window makes this watch almost a “Jack of all trades” style of watch.
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