Baselworld 2018 – Tudor introduces the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight


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Swiss watchmaker Tudor has just announced the release of a new diver’s watch – the Black Bay Fifty-Eight (ref. 79030N). Named after the year in which the brand’s first diving watch was released, the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight is not strictly a remake or reissue of the 1958 reference 7924, but more a nod to the brand’s rich diving heritage and the looks of the early Tudor divers’ watches.

The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight (ref. 79030N) is housed in a polished and satin-finished stainless steel case. Water resistant to 200 meters, the case features a 60-minute unidirectional rotating bezel and screw-down winding crown relief engraved with the Tudor rose logo. Unlike the rest of the watches in the collection, this Black Bay is “only” 39mm wide. The brand intentionally chose the smaller diameter to replicate the characteristic proportions of the 1950’s and to appeal to the vintage enthusiasts and those who prefer smaller watches in general. Another vintage-inspired detail are the gold finishing touches applied to the hands, hour markers, and minute track of the black and steel bezel. According to Tudor, these gold accents are evocative of an era when its diving watches were first being manufactured.

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The 1958 reference 7924 (left) and the new 2018 Black Bay Fifty-Eight (right)

 

Underneath the domed sapphire crystal is a highly legible black dial with luminous hands and hour markers. Function-wise, it is pretty simple and straightforward, displaying only hours, minutes and seconds. Like on every Black Bay model, the dial here is also inspired by the Tudor divers’ watches made during the 1950’s. The only exception are the hour, minutes and seconds hands. Known to collectors as the snowflake hands, they were used on the vintage Tudor diving watches produced between 1969 and 1975. Although the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight looks vintage, its manufacturing techniques, robustness, reliability and quality of its finish all satisfy today’s more rigorous standards.

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The snowflake hands were used on the vintage Tudor diving watches produced between 1969 and 1975

 

With the release of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, the Swiss watchmaker is introducing the second generation of its manufacture movements. Featuring 27 jewels, the new Manufacture Calibre MT5402 has been specifically designed for smaller Tudor watches. The movement features beautiful decoration including an entirely satin-brushed openwork rotor, alternatively sandblasted bridges and main plate, and laser decorations. Reliable and highly accurate, the self-winding caliber is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The movement itself oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and enables a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

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With this watch Tudor is introducing the second generation of its manufacture movements

 

The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is presented on a polish and satin-finished riveted steel bracelet. Inspired by the folding riveted bracelets the brand produced during the 1950’s and 1960’s, it features visible rivet heads that connect the links as well as stepped design. The timepiece is also available with a brown leather strap or black fabric strap with a gold-colored band. Made using a traditional method called the Jacquard technique, the latter is a signature Tudor feature. The all-steel model retails at CHF 3,400, while the versions with straps are priced at CHF 3,100 each.

 

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