Diving Watches: From Sports Watches to Certified Icons
Tudor has really been making a name for themselves with their new releases at Baselworld over the last couple of years. The brand draws inspiration from their rich past but still never fails to surprise and delight. Baselworld 2019 saw Tudor make tweaks to some familiar faces, while also releasing a watch no one had expected. Let’s take a look at the new Tudor releases for 2019.
Let’s start with the watch that had everyone talking: the Tudor Black Bay P01. Apparently, Tudor aficionados have long known about a diving watch Tudor designed for the US Navy in the 1960s. Its remarkable features include a crown guarded by a huge protector at 4 o’clock and a set of clamps between the lugs that lock the bezel in place.
There was a rumor going around that Tudor produced a limited number of these watches, but this turned out to be false. People then began to wonder whether it had ever even existed. At Baselworld, Tudor confirmed that they had indeed developed a watch in the 60s upon the US Navy’s request. The newest Tudor release, the Tudor Black Bay P01, is a modern version of that selfsame watch.
The Tudor Black Bay P01 breaks from the familiar design people have come to expect from the Black Bay series. This 42-mm steel watch is characterized by the aforementioned crown at 4 o’clock and a pair of large end links attached to a brown, rubber-lined leather strap with a fliplock clasp. You can lift the end link at 12 o’clock to rotate the bidirectional bezel. Shutting the link locks the bezel in place. The other end link at 6 o’clock lacks this function. On the original design, it was also used to lock the bezel into place. Regardless, this feature is truly unique and adds something special to the watch.
The Black Bay P01 is powered by the automatic in-house caliber MT5612 and can be yours for $3,950 when it hits shelves in July 2019.
Tudor’s second new addition to the Black Bay family is more in line with the rest of its sister models: the Black Bay Bronze. Having already released the Black Bay Bronze with a brown dial and bezel or dark blue dial and bezel, Tudor decided to release a version with a slate-gray gradient dial this time around. This timepiece also features a slate-gray bezel with gold accents and is a treat to look at. It may just be the most beautiful version of the Black Bay Bronze they’ve come up with yet.
The bronze case measures 43 mm in diameter and is paired with either a black nubuck strap or a woven slate-gray jacquard strap with a gold line running down the middle. The automatic in-house MT5601 movement powers this watch and is chronometer certified. The final timepiece is water resistant to 200 m (656 ft). It’s a lot of watch for $4,050, no matter what strap you choose. You have until April 2019 to make your choice.
The third Tudor 2019 release worth noting is the Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G. The letters “S&G” stand for “steel & gold.” Before now, the Black Bay Chrono had only been available in stainless steel. This new, two-tone version has a 41-mm steel case with multiple yellow gold elements, including the crown, gold pushers, and bezel with a black inlay. It looks almost like an entirely new watch compared to the existing Black Bay Chrono.
You’ll find the automatic in-house MT5813 chronograph movement ticking away inside this timepiece. The price of the Black Bay Chrono S&G depends on whether you purchase the model with a bracelet or strap. If you choose the steel and yellow gold bracelet, it’ll cost you $6,800. The versions with a brown leather or black textile strap will have a list price of $5,600. All three variants will be available starting in June 2019.
Time and time again, Tudor has proven that they’re here for the long run, and their showing at Baselworld 2019 was no different. They have something to offer for everyone, no matter your taste, and do so at relatively affordable prices.