To mark 50 years of its chronographs, TUDOR is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel with a reworked case and two dial options with contrasting sub-counters in the purest tradition of the sports chronograph.
Since the launch in 1970 of the Oysterdate model, its first chronograph, TUDOR has always produced watches that are closely tied to the world of motor sport. Since 1954, TUDOR has likewise been constantly improving its professional divers’ watches. The Black Bay Chrono model combines these traditions in a sports chronograph for purists, with contrasting sub-counters and a high performance automatic Manufacture Calibre, with column wheel and vertical clutch.
The Black Bay Chrono model has made the brand signature “Snowflake” hands its own, in a version honed to ensure optimum readability on its domed dial. Available in two versions, matt black or opaline, the dial includes two hollowed sub-counters in contrasting colours, matt black and white opaline respectively. Inspired by the first generation of TUDOR chronographs, there is a 45-minute counter and a date aperture at 6 o’clock. Recognisable Black Bay characteristics are preserved in a 41-millimetre steel case refined by the ingenious cut of the lower part of the sapphire crystal and a repositioned movement.
Like other models in the Black Bay range, the Black Bay Chrono has adopted TUDOR’s characteristic angular “Snowflake” hands that first appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. A subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking, the Black Bay line is far from simply being an classic re-release. Resolutely anchored in the present, it brings together almost seven decades of TUDOR divers’ watches. Whilst it is neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques and its robustness, reliability, durability and precision as well as the quality of its finish are above modern industry standards.
Keeping with the TUDOR philosophy of quality, the MT5813 boasts 70-hour power reserve. It presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by the array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products. Derived from the chronograph manufacture calibre Breitling 01, this movement is the result of a lasting collaboration between the two brands.
In 1970, TUDOR introduced its first chronograph, the Oysterdate. Immediately adopted by the world of motor sport, it paved the way for 50 years of technical chronographs that TUDOR has never stopped improving.
Whilst the Black Bay Chrono is neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques and its robustness, reliability, durability and precision as well as the quality of its finish are above modern industry standards.