Just last week, Tudor — sister brand to Rolex — unveiled its new Navy Blue Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch. Collectors were clamoring. There were good comments, bad comments, change-of-mind comments and more. The thing is, when you take a brand that has become a collectors’ delight — and you add Tudor blue to the flagship model — you’re going to get hype. Tudor is known for its blue sports watches so this should have come as no surprise. But the much-anticipated and hoped-for release had people reeling.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Navy Blue
First unveiled in 1969, the Tudor diver’s watch with a blue dial and bezel made a lasting impression and the color combo fast because a hallmark fo the brand. The blue was dubbed Tudor Blue and the French Navy turned to this version for its dive watches in the 1970’s — making it wildly admired.
The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Navy Blue is named not only for the color way, but also for the year 1958, when the first TUDOR divers’ watch appeared on the market. Water resistant to 200 meters, it was an immediate hit. The reference 7924, affectionately refereed to as “Big Crown,” was 39mm in diameter.
As such, the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue is crafted in 316L stainless steel in a 39mm case. The navy blue domed dial features applied hour markers and “snowflake” (angular) hands — another signature of the Tudor dive watches since 1969. Naturally, the watch features Super-LumiNova® luminescent material for easy underwater reading. The watch displays the hours, minutes and seconds.
What’s Under the Hood of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Navy Blue
More importantly, though, the watch houses the Manufacture Calibre MT5402 with silicon balance spring and 70 hours of power reserve, so it can be taken off for a couple of days and then put back on without having to reset it. A COSC-certified chronometer — attesting to its ruggedness and durability — it is equipped with a tungsten rotor, a variable inertia balance and a silicon hairspring that makes it anti-magnetic. According to Tudor, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight exceeds the COSC standards that allow for average variation in the daily running rate of a watch movement of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time. Tudor sets its tolerance at between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation on the watch fully assembled. The watch retails for $3,375 on fabric and soft-touch straps, and for $3,700 on a stainless steel bracelet.
What’s All the Hype About The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Navy Blue
Generally, when a watch brand unveils a signature model in a new color way, it’s considered nice. If the color way is exceptionally different, it gets some hype. So, then, why did the a signature model, now unveiled in a signature color get tons of publicity on the global watch circuit? Could be because fans were waiting for it for so long that when it finally arrived on the scene it was either a real let down or a great “Wow finally” nod of relief. Now, fans could get their blue diver icon. There really was no intermediate reaction to the watch. It was either love or hate. For me, I like it. It has that vintage look Tudor lovers expect. It has the color Tudor lovers want. It has function and quality that surpasses its price tag. Am I jumping up and down? No … but then I haven’t been waiting years for this watch. Do I like it? Sure — What’s not to like. It is a great value/quality proposition.
Technical Specs of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Navy Blue
Case: 39 mm 316L steel case with polished and satin finish; 316L steel screw-down winding crown, with the TUDOR rose in relief, with circular satin-brushed 316L steel winding crown tube
Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable bezel in 316L steel with 60-minute graduated disc in matte blue anodized aluminium and silver gilded markings and numerals
Dial: Blue, domed
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal
Water Resistant: 200 m (660 ft)
Bracelet: Riveted 316L steel bracelet with polished and satin-brushed finish, or blue “soft touch” with folding clasp and safety catch, or blue fabric strap with silver band and buckle
Movement: Manufacture Calibre MT5402. Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system; approximately 70 hours; Swiss chronometer officially certified by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute); Variable inertia balance, micro-adjustment by screw. Non-magnetic silicon balance spring. Frequency: 28 800 beats/hour (4 Hz).
Functions: Center hour, minute and seconds hands. Stop-seconds for precise time setting.
Prices: On bracelet: $3,700; On fabric: $3,375; On soft touch: $3,375