The new Tudor Black Bay in burgundy sports a Jubilee-style braceletFergus Nash
- The new Tudor Black Bay in burgundy fills the hole of the discontinued red Heritage Black Bay.
- It features modern Tudor features such as an in-house movement with a 70 hour power reserve.
- You can choose between their riveted bracelet, a Jubilee-style bracelet, or a rubber strap, all with the T-fit clasp system.
Fears have mounted over the past few years as Tudor swept the scythes of discontinuing through their Black Bay range. As the brand’s reputation has rapidly been climbing, their specifications and features have had to match it and that’s meant doom for some of their older models. Thankfully, it appears that Tudor have no interest in leaving their fans in the dust and they are helpfully bringing in new watches with modern updates to fill the gaps. Following in the footsteps of the Heritage Black Bay model reference 79220, the Tudor Black Bay catalogue has been bolstered with this 41mm version in a bright burgundy bezel.
The original Heritage Black Bay line was a popular one, but some of its technical points such as an off-the-shelf ETA movement weren’t keeping up with Tudor’s vision to escape the shadow of their big brother Rolex. One of the main complaints regarding their discontinuation was the variety of colour, but Tudor have since released Black Bay watches in blue, green, and bronze, so those complaints are being drowned out. The red burgundy bezel was a particularly popular one, that simultaneously evoked a rare patina effect of vintage references while also looking powerful in its own right. The vibrant shade of the aluminium insert practically leaps from the dial, which retains the ever-beautiful black and gold colour scheme.
The 41mm Tudor Black Bay case may not be as svelte as the holy Black Bay 58, and less so the new Black Bay 54, however if you’re not afraid of a full-size diver then the slab-sided 14.8mm thickness and 50mm lug-to-lug should be no deterrent for you. The calibre MT5602-U is an in-house movement for Tudor, offering a generous 70-hour power reserve at a 4Hz beat rate. It’s also COSC-certified for chronometer accuracy, with a silicon balance spring for magnetic resistance. It’s available on either their classic riveted style bracelet, a slightly more dressy Jubilee style bracelet, or a black rubber strap with fitted steel end links. All of these strap options are fitted with Tudor’s T-fit clasp.
The Tudor Black Bay in burgundy pricing and availability:
The new Tudor Black Bay in Burgundy is now live on Tudor’s website, and will be available from their retailers. Price: AU$5,890 (Rubber strap) / AU$6,190 (Riveted bracelet) / AU$6,340 (Jubilee bracelet)
|41mm x 50mm x 14.8mm
|Black and gold
|Riveted bracelet, jubliee bracelet, or rubber with fitted steel end links
|AU$5,890 (Rubber strap) / AU$6,190 (Riveted bracelet) / AU$6,340 (Jubilee bracelet)