The day Tudor unveiled the Black Bay One unique piece for ONLY Watch Auction —as we reported here—, everyone started dreaming of Tudor one day releasing the model for the general public. While the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black ref. 79220N is not exactly identical to the Black Bay One made for the ONLY Watch Auction —as it lacks of the red writing on the dial—, this new model is a wonderful addition to the Heritage Black Bay lineup joining its siblings the Black Bay Burgundy Red and the Black Bay Blue. After receiving the information from the brand, we immediately knew that this watch was going to be a home run and probably sold out the same day its hitting the stores. Hopefully we will be able to get one today as it is supposed to be available at the Tudor authorized dealer network. We'll keep you posted on that front.
This new version of its emblematic Heritage Black Bay divers’ watch celebrates over 60 years of divers’ watches with extraordinary destinies. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay was originally launched in 2012 and three years later this black version makes an amazing appearance. Read our hands-on reviews on the Heritage Black Bay Blue ref. 79220B here and on the Heritage Black Bay Burgundy Red ref. 79220R here.
The Heritage line by Tudor is distinguished by the unique creative process of the brand’s Style Workshop as well as an exceptional attention to detail. Since 2010 with the presentation of the
Tudor Heritage Chrono —we reviewed here—, Tudor has reinterpreted some of the key models in its history. The very opposite of a mere reedition, a Heritage product is the powerful result of a true temporal and stylistic encounter of past, present and future. The aesthetic codes that contributed to the renown of the historic models are preserved and injected with modern touches to update its iconic status. After winning the ‘Revival’ prize at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for the first version of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay model, this approach has become one of Tudor’s defining hallmarks. The model derives its overall lines and its domed crystal from the brand’s first divers’ watch, the Tudor Submariner reference 7922, launched in 1954. The character of its dome-shaped dial, a detail common to the first Tudor Submariner, is also drawn from this model. The imposing winding crown is a nod to a model presented in 1958 with the reference 7924 and nicknamed “Big Crown” by collectors. Its characteristic angular hands, known
by connoisseurs as “snowflakes”, were seen from 1969 to the early 1980s. These multiple references to the brand’s aesthetic heritage, combined with contemporary design elements such as the robust 41 mm steel case with a refined finish, a colored, anodized aluminum crown tube, as
well as superbly crafted interchangeable bracelets make the Tudor Heritage Black Bay a watch with a powerful identity that vividly embodies the brand’s renewal process. Like the models in the Tudor Heritage line, the new Black Bay “Black” adopts this approach while at the same time forging its own identity, cleverly combining historic aesthetic elements that have not yet been reinterpreted. With its black dial, pink-gold hands and hour markers, cream colored luminescent material and burgundy red bezel, the original Tudor Heritage Black Bay introduced in 2012 suggests the gentle warm patina of an antique watch.
Radically different, the second model from the Black Bay family, dubbed the ‘Midnight Blue’ by the brand’s enthusiasts, presents an icy face and sharp contrasts, giving the watch the appearance of a professional, technical instrument. The new Black Bay “Black” is certainly the watch that comes closest to the pioneering spirit of Tudor’s first divers’ watches. Combining historic patina with technology, it perfectly complements the Black Bay family. In a notable, unique visible detail, it adopts the famous red triangle of the unidirectional bezel from the Tudor divers’ models of the late 1950s. Mounted either on a brushed steel bracelet with folding clasp or on aged leather strap, also with a folding clasp, the Black Bay “Black” is accompanied by a second strap in black fabric. The strap, woven using time-honored techniques by a traditional company, lends added value to Tudor creations.
Sticker Price $3,425 USD on bracelet and $3,100 USD on distressed leather. For more info on Tudor click here.