Tudor just presented another version of its flagship model, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue”.
The new version gets its name from its color combining it to the year 1958, when Tudor introduced its first divers’ watch waterproof to 200 meters (660 ft), reference 7924 otherwise known as “Big Crown”.
The latest trend Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue maintains the same proportions and 39 mm diameter case of that 1950s model making it ideal for slim wrists and individuals who like more compact watches. Crafted from 316L stainless steel, the new watch features an enormous screw-down winding crown bearing the Tudor rose logo in relief.
Tudor previously used blue dial and bezel in a 1969 model which became pretty famous and was even embraced by the French Navy. The new reference follows in this tradition with its navy blue dial and bezel insert in matt blue anodised aluminum and silver gilded markings and numerals. The dial sports the characteristic precise hands referred to collectors as “snowflake”.
Blue is also used for the “soft touch” strap offered with this model and produced using a synthetic, tactile material resembling wool. It is woven in France on 19th century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company in the St-Etienne region. The watch can also be matched to a blue fabric strap.
The Manufacture Caliber MT5402, which equips the Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue”, displays hour, minute and second functions. It features an openwork rotor in tungsten monobloc and a variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation.
Along with its non-magnetic silicon hairspring, the Manufacture Caliber MT5402 is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance going past the standards set by this independent institute. In fact, where COSC allows for a normal variation in the daily running pace of a watch development of between – 4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time, Tudor applies a tolerance of between – 2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its daily rate on the watch completely assembled.
Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations each hour), it offers a force reserve of around 70 hours, enough to permit the wearer to take the watch off on a Friday evening and set it back on again on Monday morning without having to wind and reset it.
Waterproof to 200 meters/660 feet, the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue ref. 79030B has a retail price of Euro 3,500 when matched to its steel bracelet or Euro 3,200 with strap. tudorwatch.com