The relationship between Tudor and Australia stretches back to the 1940s – there’s a good chance your father or even grandfather has a watch bearing the distinctive rose or shield logo. But as the brand commences an exciting renaissance, it’s time for the second chapter in the Australian Tudor story. Time+Tide are honoured to partner with Tudor as they win over a new generation of watch lovers.

Half a decade with the Tudor Black Bay Blue

Tudor Black Bay Blue

Editor's note: We remember back when times were simpler. Back before there were half-decade waitlists, before secondhand watches were doubling retail prices, and before everything Tudor made was in-house. It was back in 2014 when Tudor first showed us the versatility of the Black Bay range, and the brand deeply impressed the watch community when they released the Black Bay Blue. This was also the year when Time+Tide started, and Felix's review of this new Black Bay Blue was one of the most popular stories on the site for a long time. So we thought we'd look back at this simple sports watch to see how it's aged over the last half-decade, and reflect on just how much the industry has changed in that time.  Introducing the Tudor Black Bay Blue As a brand, Tudor is a lot like Rocky, in that Rolex's little brother is a plucky fighter come good again. UNLIKE Rocky, Tudor's releases just get better and better with each passing year. Baselworld 2014 sees two big crowd-pleasing releases from Tudor, and a new range that is understated in the extreme, though still enticing. We'll talk more about the Ranger and the Style later, but for now let's focus… Read More

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Doubling down on two-tone – the Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G

Two years can be a long time in the life of a product – long enough for it to go from controversial to comfortably accepted, or even loved, as its challenging elements become softened by familiarity. That's certainly true for two of the watches introduced by Tudor in 2017, which attracted attention and controversy in equal measure. For the Black Bay Heritage S&G, it was a matter of aesthetics: the (then) courageous reintroduction of two-tone – a stylistic blast from the past that was either cool or cringe-making, depending on where you were during its previous heyday, the 1980s. The other was more than skin-deep: the Black Bay Chronograph [read Felix's review here] is a mash-up of diver's watch and chronograph – and purists don't like hybrids (remember the howling that greeted the Porsche Cayenne when it made its debut in 2002?). The rotating bezel of the dive watch became a fixed bezel with a tachymeter scale and the square tip of the snowflake hour hand – so great for underwater visibility – conceals part of the chronograph minutes register between 2 and 4 o'clock (shock!). Skip ahead to 2019 (a world where genre-fluid watches have become almost as familiar… Read More

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People are clearly still polarised by the Tudor Black Bay P01 – which team are you in?

Chatter about controversial watches happens everywhere from the halls of Baselworld to the comments section of Instagram, but the fury is often short-lived. A couple of notable exceptions released in 2019 included the 11.59 Collection by Audemars Piguet, and for different reasons – the Tudor P01. When we posted a pic of it on Instagram this morning, we were sharply reminded that this model is not done polarising people. While it seemed that the delivery of  a more steady stream of Black Bay Fifty-Eights (as well as a recent flourish of Black Bay S&G Chronographs) to retailers' cabinets had taken the spotlight off this less everyday addition to the family, this morning it was suddenly front, centre and in the firing line. Both of loving and loathsome comments. Before we get to them, let's review the story so far. The Tudor P01 Recap: Tudor shocked the watch-loving community at Baselworld 2019 with the release of the P01, a reissue of a prototype watch designed for the US Navy in the 1960s. The brand published teasers through social media before Baselworld that sent enthusiasts into a frenzy, with predictions that a reissue of their iconic Submariner dive watch was about to hit… Read More

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Half a decade with the Tudor Black Bay Blue

Tudor Black Bay Blue

Editor's note: We remember back when times were simpler. Back before there were half-decade waitlists, before secondhand watches were doubling retail prices, and before everything Tudor made was in-house. It was back in 2014 when Tudor first showed us the versatility of the Black Bay range, and the brand deeply impressed the watch community when they released the Black Bay Blue. This was also the year when Time+Tide started, and Felix's review of this new Black Bay Blue was one of the most popular stories on the site for a long time. So we thought we'd look back at this simple sports watch to see how it's aged over the last half-decade, and reflect on just how much the industry has changed in that time.  Introducing the Tudor Black Bay Blue As a brand, Tudor is a lot like Rocky, in that Rolex's little brother is a plucky fighter come good again. UNLIKE Rocky, Tudor's releases just get better and better with each passing year. Baselworld 2014 sees two big crowd-pleasing releases from Tudor, and a new range that is understated in the extreme, though still enticing. We'll talk more about the Ranger and the Style later, but for now let's focus… Read More

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Everybody wants a Tudor Black Bay. But what about the chrono? Anyone?

Editor's note: The Tudor Black Bay had an extraordinary beginning when it was released in 2012, with the Black Bay red finally giving the brand its flagship model. I remember seeing it in the window of the booth and basically attaching myself to the glass like an abalone. A distressed leather strap with boss-looking deployant. A rich burgundy / red bezel. Gilt touches on indices. A perfect colour dial. Details for days. Shut up and take my money. I had one on my wrist just a few months later. And the Black Bay had a stupendous 2018, when the Black Bay '58 which many are now hailing the 'perfect watch' for the money, fronted up shoulder to shoulder with the Black Bay Pepsi GMT, a watch I mistakenly included in my Top 10. And then retracted, so strongly did I feel I got it wrong. The success of Tudor's 2018 campaign is still felt by those waiting patiently on wait lists for both models. A wait list for a Tudor. Like I said, stupendous. But what about the middle years? And in particular, the chrono? A steel & gold version was released this year, with a dramatic colourway and a cool strap. Let's take a… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Tudor Black Bay Bronze with slate grey dial for 2019

If there was ever a case study for the difference a dial (and bezel) can make, the 2019 edition of the Tudor Black Bay Bronze with its slate grey dial is that watch. The new colour is subtle, and executed in a sophisticated manner, making for a dramatic improvement on the now discontinued khaki/brown version.  Before we get to the cool grey makeover, a recap. The Black Bay Bronze (or BBB to its friends) is — you guessed it — a bronze-cased version of Tudor's flagship Black Bay. Specifically an alloy of bronze that's high in aluminium, meaning you won't get the sort of crazy green patina that was super popular a few years ago. As you'd expect, it's an in-house movement, the MT5601. It's still also the biggest of the Black Bays, rocking in at 43mm across, so if you're slight of wrist, consider yourself warned. It comes on either a leather or fabric strap, though it's worth noting that these days it's an either/or situation, not both.  But, that dial. Slate grey really is an accurate term in this case. The dial looks cool and inviting — just like a slate floor on a hot day. It's also an… Read More

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7 ways to spot a fake Tudor Black Bay

Editor's note: This story first ran a few years back, but, like the most virulent strains of disease, these watches are still circulating through the community, and – with what is estimated to be 30 to 40 million new fakes hitting the market every year – we receive a fairly steady stream of emails and DMs on the subject of how to identify any conspicuous tells of counterfeit models. Perhaps flatteringly for Tudor, the Black Bay is very popular with counterfeiters. We send this link out as a matter of course, but with a spate of queries lately, we thought it might be time post the original story again. Be alert, but not alarmed out there friends.     Counterfeits have been around for a long time, but in this age of rapid global production, increasingly convincing fakes, convenient online sales, and a booming market in high-end watches, the problem has never been bigger. It's no longer as simple as a TAG from Bali with a tell-tale tick – the game has changed. Forgers will try their hand at everything – from niche brands like SevenFriday – who've added an NFC chip in their latest model to combat the problem – to rare vintage… Read More

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