Tudor’s riveted oyster style bracelet, which is used on many other but not all Black Bay models is a standout. In this case, the riveted bracelet perfectly compliments the tool watch fashion the Black Bay Steel is apparently going for. Consequently, Tudor’s implementation of a contemporary “riveted style” bracelet is one of the best out there, combining contemporary performance with screw bars and modern adjustability for the timeless look of Submariners from years past. In another move to reinforce the army feel, a canvas NATO design strap in olive oil is comprised using the Black Bay Steel whether you opt for the stainless steel bracelet design or the also accessible black leather strap version.Viewed collectively, the Black Bay Steel is yet another nice looking addition to the Black Bay series. Though it’s difficult to believe there needed to be another Black Bay, the subtle shift in bezel add material and addition of the date function may grab a few enthusiasts that are currently precariously perched on the Tudor Jumbo purchasing weapon. Tudor’s newest Black Bay might wind up serving together with the Pelagos at just a bit more of a tool watch niche than its predecessors, which seemed to be interested in fashion than usefulness with their colored bezels and more symmetrical dials.
Bucherer is Europe’s largest watch retailer (and the biggest seller of Rolex timepieces), with almost 30 stores and estimated annual sales of over SFr1.5 billion (about US$1.5 billion), giving it considerable clout. For its 130th anniversary in 2018, the chain has debuted a series of special edition wristwatches made by a variety of brands – from Audemars Piguet to Zenith – all characterised by dials in dark blue, the firm’s corporate colour.
The latest to join the band of blue watches is Tudor with the Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue, a variant of its bestselling bronze dive watch. Both the dial and bezel are a dark blue, darker than the shade found on the Pelagos in blue, but similar to the bezel on the Black Bay with a blue bezel.
The case back is also engraved with the Swiss retailer’s logo and 1888, the year it was founded in Lucerne.
The rest of the watch is identical to the standard edition – the aluminium-bronze case is 43mm in diameter with a slightly domed sapphire crystal. It’s equipped with the in-house calibre MT5601, a COSC-certified automatic with a silicon hairspring and 70-hour power reserve.
Like the other Tudor Heritage watches, the Bronze Blue is delivered on two straps: a dark blue canvas NATO-style band, as well as a distressed leather strap.
Price and availability
Priced at SFr3800 or €3730, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue, along with the other Bucherer Blue Editions, will be available at Bucherer stores.