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Tudor Introduces the Black Bay Bronze

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Since the coming of the ETA-powered Black Bay in 2011, the show has been upgraded and added to each season, most prominently with the addition of the Tudor Manufacture 5602 motion a couple of years back. Aside from that landmark, the Black Bay upgrades have been mostly in material, like the Black Bay Bronze we covered here or the Black Bay S&G we covered, or in colour scheme, like the Black Bay Dark we covered here. Tudor’s current Black Bay Steel seeks to even farther round out the collection, which seemingly offers something for everyone.The brand new Black Bay Steel’s dial remains similar to its forebears. Steel rimmed Snowflake hands generously full of Super-LumiNova still preside over a simple Submariner-esque dial. Markedly different here is the aforementioned shift in dial real estate in the 3 o’clock marker in the lumed hour mark on previous models to a date window on the new Black Bay Steel. This was a small departure because when Tudor initially released the red-bezeled Black Bay in 2011, see nerds rejoiced over the blank appearance of the dial, which was provided in no small part by the lack of a date work with its obtrusive window.The date window around the Black Bay Steel is rectangular and is not actually overly territorial or distracting, which could partly be attributed to the fact that there isn’t a cyclops lens within it. In reality, as you’ll see in some of the remote photographs, the date window presence fades when viewed from only a few feet off. As you’d imagine, the Tudor signature and protect sit in 12 o’clock. Dial text at 6 o’clock can be slightly different, with “200m : 660ft” printed in red above “Chronometer Officially Certified” in snowy speaking to the impressive MT5612 caliber oscillating within.

Yet another addition to Tudor’s popular line of retro dive watches, the Black Bay Bronze is the first Tudor 62480 made of the fashionable metal. Larger than the ordinary Black Bay at 43 mm in diameter, the Black Bay Bronze is milled from a bronze and aluminium alloy that has a brushed finish on all surfaces. Susceptible to oxidisation that forms a protective layer on its surface, bronze will acquire a patina over time that aficionados appreciate.

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To go with the bronze case, the dial and bezel are chocolate brown with gold accents. Instead of the usual baton markers at the quarters, the Black Bay Bronze features Arabic numerals, a design collectors have nicknamed the “Explorer” dial after the Rolex watch with the same look. The “snowflake” hands are another historically-inspired detail, as are the holes drilled into the sides of the lugs to make strap removable easier.

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Like other bronze watches, the case back is not bronze, since the metal tends to cause allergic reactions. Instead it is stainless steel coated to resemble bronze.

Similar to the slew of Black Bay models launched at Baselworld 2016, the Black Bay Bronze is powered by the in-house MT5601, an automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve.

Available with either a distressed leather strap or canvas NATO-style strap (both with bronze buckles), the Black Bay Bronze will retail for SFr3800.