The Tudor Heritage Black Bay may have first been “introduced” in 2012 but its true history is hardly that recent. The origins of the collection stem from the 1950s, when Tudor very closely resembled its sister company, Rolex in terms of design. When it came to diving timepieces, the Tudor Submariner 7922 was the go-to alternative to the ever-iconic Subs.
The watches utilised Rolex’s best advancements in watch design and technology then, providing a bang for buck alternative. After discontinuing the line later on however, the Heritage Black Bay collection was introduced in 2012 as an homage to Tudor’s history in dive timepieces.
While nobody is going to consider the Heritage Black Bay as a dive watch (its water resistance at 200m versus the Pelagos’ at 500m), it is part of a growing trend of vintage-esque divers that we love and has grown to represent Tudor at its best – hardy, tool watches with a unique flair. What the Tudor Heritage Black Bay brings to the table, is a return to the heyday of diving watches with characteristics such as the oversized crown and snowflake hands (our favourite design point) matched with modern day advancements.
Since the collection’s inception in 2012, Tudor has slowly built up the collection with a slew of innovations. This year, all models in the Heritage Black Bay will feature Tudor’s very own in-house calibre, the MT5602. Completely developed, manufactured, and assembled in-house, the MT5602 boasts 70 hours of power reserve and is COSC certified for that added distinction. When Tudor first introduced the movement, the biggest news perhaps was the fact that the price for the watches were increased by only 250 Swiss francs, a small price to pay for a fully in-house timepiece. The brand’s standing as an affordable luxury powerhouse is not likely to change anytime soon (thank God).
Spoiling us for choice, the Heritage Black Bay collection comes in three different bezel options. If that wasn’t enough, Tudor took the popularity of its straps to the range as well. Each Heritage Black Bay comes with a Tudor fabric strap that sees the workmanship of a well-established traditional passementerie company, one of the very few remaining in France that still practise the technique of “Jacquard” weaving. Fulfilling the needs and wants of the consumer is something that Tudor has long understood and its Style Workshop cuts out the middleman or third party vendors that customers are likely to go to for an alternative strap.
If you’re looking for a timepiece that can easily go desk-diving, fit under a shirt but still tough it out on the weekends, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a great choice that fits most lifestyles. The core range of the Heritage Black Bay will in no time, be the next “must-have” first watch, we feel. After that, the Heritage Black Bay Dark that we raved about beckons and if bronze is your jam, the collection happily boasts that as well.