This year, Tudor sets the stage for true excitement by unveiling the Heritage Black Bay Bronze — a 43 mm divers’ watch inspired by the brand’s history and fitted with a mechanical movement developed, manufactured and assembled in house by TUDOR.
The general lines, domed crystal, and dial are derived from the first Tudor diving watches, as is the prominent winding crown (directly inspired by the 7924 Big Crown reference dating back to 1958). Additionally, the snowflake hands are inspired by the watches made in the 1970’s and used by the French National Navy.
But what really sets this watch apart is the 43mm aluminum bronze alloy case with bronze-colored PVD steel caseback, and bronze unidirectional rotating bezel– all meant to recall the use of bronze in historic ships and diving equipment. The brushed finished alloy guarantees a subtle and unique patina, which develops further with wear. The color of the case is further enhanced by the use of a chocolate brown dial and bezel and gold and beige accents.
The watch is also equipped with the brand’s in-house movement, MT5601 — developed specifically to equip the Heritage Black Bay Bronze model. It offers hours, minutes and seconds. It also bears the reference MT5601, with “MT designating “Manufacture TUDOR.” With 70 hours of power reserve, the caliber is built with a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring. The movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) to further attest to its robust high-performance status. Each watch comes with a brown and beige woven strap with center yellow thread, inspired by a parachute strap found on an original period watch. The timepiece, part of the brand’s Heritage collection, is destined to fast become a hot commodity.