TUDOR’s famous Black Bay divers’ watch is now available in yellow gold and steel version. Fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5612, the Black Bay S&G model also introduces the date function to the Black Bay family.
An emblematic model celebrating 60 years of TUDOR divers’ watches with extraordinary craftsmanship. Enhancing the Black Bay with yellow gold creates a new version named S&G, for Steel & Gold. In this version, the lines and proportions of the Black Bay are retained, while the rotating bezel and the winding crown are made of yellow gold. The steel bracelet is also dressed in this precious metal on its central link giving it a more formal feel.
THE MANUFACTURE CALIBRE MT5612
This is a variation of the movement first presented by TUDOR in 2015 and has been developed for the Black Bay S&G model. A date function features for the first time in the Black Bay line, adding to the hour, minute and second functions that are a feature of all Black Bay models. A high-performance caliber of superb precision and proven robustness. With a 70-hour power reserve, a wearer can take off the watch on Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to re-set and wind it. Beating to a frequency of 28,800 beats/hour or 4 Hz, the movement is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring. This is held in place by a traversing bridge, guaranteeing its robustness. Furthermore, the movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
A “RIVETED” BRACELET
The bracelet of the Black Bay S&G model is inspired by the folding riveted bracelets of the TUDOR watches produced in the 1950s and 1960s. These were famous for having rivet heads for attaching the links, shown on the side of the bracelet. The links also had a distinct stepped construction. These two aesthetic details are incorporated into the bracelet of the Black Bay S&G model, integrating modern manufacturing methods using solid links. Two additional designs are available: brown aged leather strap and folding clasp or brown fabric strap.
Made using the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the St-Etienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of TUDOR, which is thought to be a pioneer in this area.
THE ORIGINS OF THE BLACK BAY INSPIRATION
TUDOR derived the characteristic aesthetic elements of the Black Bay S&G model from its history. The overall shape, as well as the domed dial and crystal, coming from the first TUDOR divers’ watches. The prominent winding crown is a feature of the famous reference 7924 from 1958. The first TUDOR watch to be waterproof to 200 meters (660 ft), known as the Big Crown. Finally, the characteristic angular hands, known as the snowflake, are typical of the watches delivered to the French Navy in the 1970s.
THE TUDOR DIVERS’ WATCH
The history of the TUDOR divers’ watch dates back to 1954 with the launch of reference 7922. The first in a long line of ergonomic, legible, accurate and robust divers’ watches, it perfectly embodies the approach formulated by the American architect Louis Sullivan who stated that the form of an object must follow its function.
Furthermore, it laid down the aesthetic and technical foundations of an ideal divers’ watch; an understated, functional and reliable tool.
The sixty years that followed the launch of the original 7922 saw the constant improvement of the TUDOR divers’ watch. Each model gained unanimous acclaim from professionals in the field including some of the greatest military navies in the world.
TUDOR IS BORN TO DARE
In 2017, TUDOR launched a new campaign with the “Born To Dare” signature. It reflects both the history of the brand and what it stands for today. It tells the adventures of individuals who have achieved the extraordinary on land, on the ice, in the air or underwater, with a TUDOR watch on their wrists. It also refers to the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of TUDOR, who manufactured TUDOR watches to withstand the most extreme conditions, watches made for the most daring lifestyles. It is the testimony to TUDOR’s singular approach to watchmaking, which has made it what it is today. At the cutting edge of the watchmaking industry, its innovations are now essential benchmarks. The TUDOR “Born To Dare” spirit is supported throughout the world by first class ambassadors, whose life achievements result directly from a daring approach to life.
TUDOR is a Swiss made watch brand, offering mechanical watches with sophisticated style, proven reliability, and unique value for money.
The origins of TUDOR date back to when ‘The Tudor’ was first registered as a brand on behalf of the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. He created the Montres TUDOR SA Company in 1946 to offer watches with the quality and dependability of a Rolex, at a more accessible price point. Throughout their history, TUDOR watches have been chosen by the boldest adventurers and seasoned professionals alike.
Today, the TUDOR collection includes emblematic models such as Black Bay, Pelagos, Glamour or 1926. Since 2015, it has offered mechanical manufacture movements with many diverse functions.
Explore the TUDOR collection of classic, sport, diving and heritage-inspired watches, all Swiss-made, at the Official TUDOR retailer – Lugaro Jewellers.