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2021-04-07

TUDOR BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT 925

The 925 says it all – yes, folks – this year’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight duo, striking (nay stunning) as they both are; aren’t really fit for purpose.

I guess Tudor felt that the current BB family which already includes 2020’s BB 58 NAVY BLUE is pretty much all you’ll ever need from their heritage diver’s collection and it is – 

only it isn’t because Tudor seemed to have overlooked the growing green watch trend and I don’t mean; tree hugging, polar bear friendly woke green – I mean good old fashioned green. Where is it?

And no, 18K Gold cases with green dials don’t count! But seeing as you’re here let’s take a look this Silver and Taupe variant of Tudor’s most popular diver’s model the new Black Bay Fifty Eight 925. Tudor has launched a unique new version of its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight model in 925 silver with an open case back – two firsts for a Tudor divers' model. Taking its name from the semi-precious metal of its case as well as the year of its ancestor’s (Ref. 7924 AKA Big Crown) birth year, 1958, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 divers' watch is waterproof to 200 metres. Presented in a case 39mm in diameter case, the watch is very much in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s. It is also the first Tudor divers’ watch to be made in 925 Silver and offered with an open case-back.

KEY POINTS 

1. Case with satin finish (matt), 39 mm in diameter in 925 silver, with an incandescence and an open case back 

2. Domed dial, matt frosted taupe, with applied hour markers 

3. Manufacture Calibre MT5400, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) with a hairspring in silicon and a 70-hour power reserve 

4. “Snowflake” hands, one of the hallmarks of the TUDOR divers’ watches introduced in 1969, with grade A, Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminescent material 

5. A choice of two straps: taupe Jacquard fabric with silver band or brown grain leather 

6. Five-year transferable guarantee, without registration or mandatory maintenance checks.

The use of 925 silver is a first for a TUDOR divers' watch, and the composition of the chosen alloy is a secret that the brand keeps close to its chest. 

The properties of this alloy are such that use does not affect the appearance of the case of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925.

Entirely satin-finished for a matt effect, it possesses an unexpected incandescent brilliance, which can best be admired on the wrist. 

Its extraordinary texture lends a precious aura to this model, accentuated by its open case back, which enables an appreciation of its Manufacture MT5400 Caliber.

These choices reinforce the dual aesthetic language of this model, midway between the legacy of a robust tool-watch that still defines TUDOR and a precious object. 

The silver case of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 is also accentuated by its dial, which is taupe in color, and its matching bezel insert.

Numerous silver details add the finishing touches to this model's delicate face, especially the famous "Snowflake" hands, one of TUDOR's hallmarks since 1969, as do the graduations and text. 

The same colour palette is found on the fabric strap offered with this model.

Thoughts? This would make so much more sense (at least to me) if it was in Stainless steel or even Titanium. It’s still a beauty, though. What do you think?

 

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