By TLex First presented in 2012 in red, then awarded the 'revival' category prize by the jury of the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève the following year, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay is back in cool midnight-blue for 2014.
Not just a mere re-edition, the Heritage Black Bay combines styling cues from both the past and the present. Its vintage aesthetic dates back almost 60 years to the brand’s first divers’ watch, the Tudor Submariner Ref. 7922, launched in 1954.
It owes its domed dial to the first Tudor Submariner models, its imposing winding crown to the 1958 Ref. 7924 AKA Big Crown and its characteristic Snowflake hands to models dating back to the late 60s to the early 80s.
Echoing Tudors military heritage, when the Marine Nationale Française were equipped with Tudor dive watches, which were generally blue -
its 41mm steel case is now fitted with a blue anodized aluminium crown tube in the same midnight-blue as the bezel. And its deep-black dial now sports contrasting silver-accented hour markers and hands with white luminescent material.
As are all models in the Tudor's Heritage line, the Black Bay comes with two bracelets or straps: an adjustable blue fabric strap with a sophisticated weave; and a choice of either a midnight-blue distressed leather strap to match the bezel, or a satin-finished and polished steel bracelet. Each come with a folding clasps.