Baselworld 2016: Presenting the New Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 mm ref. 79500. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.

Perfectly fitted for the ladies or a small wrist guy, Tudor expresses the aesthetic codes of its iconic Heritage Black Bay through this new model with a diameter of 36 mm. Both fashionable and sporty, it opens up the family of Heritage Black Bay products to a wider audience. For the Heritage Black Bay 36 model ref. 79500, Tudor has retained the general lines of the Black Bay family of watches while reducing its proportions. With its 36 mm diameter, the steel case is particularly versatile. It acts both as an introduction to the Black Bay aesthetic for slimmer wrists and as a more formal option while remaining part of a family of essentially sporty watches.

Like other models in the Black Bay family, Black Bay 36 features a dial inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches produced during the 1950s. It borrows the characteristic angular hands known to collectors as snowflake that appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalog. A smooth steel bezel and a shiny black polished dial act as the finishing touches to this sport chic Black Bay.

With a choice of a steel bracelet or a lightly distressed beige-colored leather strap with steel folding clasp, each Heritage Black Bay 36 is also supplied with an additional strap in urban camouflage fabric. Made in the Jacquard technique according to traditional methods by a hundred-year-old family business from the St-Etienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of Tudor's Heritage line.

The Heritage Black Bay 36 is unfortunately not powered by the new in-house COSC movement, however, the price tag is so attractive that we are confident it will be flying off the shelves. The new Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 mm ref. 79500 is water resistant to 150 meters and its movement provides a power reserve of 38 hours.

Sticker Price CHF 2,400 Swiss Francs on leather strap and CHF 2,700 on bracelet —roughly $2,500 USD and $2,900 USD respectively. For more info on Tudor click here.