It has been only a few years that Tudor introduced their Heritage Black Bay collection (2012). Since then, the sister company from Rolex introduced several variations every year. The Heritage Black Bay also received an in-house movement, where the first few years the watch was equipped with an ETA based movement. Today, the Tudor Heritage…
It has been only a few years that Tudor introduced their Heritage Black Bay collection (2012). Since then, the sister company from Rolex introduced several variations every year. The Heritage Black Bay also received an in-house movement, where the first few years the watch was equipped with an ETA based movement. Today, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel is powered by the in-house MT5612, a chronometer certified movement with a date feature. The new Heritage Black Bay steel belongs to the latest introductions of this collection. Together with the Heritage Black Bay Steel & Gold, this all-steel version was introduced at the last BaselWorld in two variations. One with an Oyster riveted bracelet and one with an aged leather strap. Both version also come with an additional fabric strap.
Fitted with an in-house movement and with one of the most comfortable and praised bracelets, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay has become a serious competitor for many watch brands in the sub 5000 Euro price range. The in-house movements from Tudor are so well developed and regarded, that even Breitling decided to fit their Super Ocean models with this Tudor movement (instead of an ETA movement).
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel reference 79730 is like the previous Black Bay models (available in Midnight blue, burgundy, black, in PVD, bronze and bi-colour) except for the bezel and the date feature. It is the first Heritage Black Bay featuring caliber MT5612. This movement, based on the MT5602 (used in the other Heritage Black Bay versions), but with an additional date function. Tudor did not add a cyclops like Rolex does, but due to the contrasting white date disc and black printing, it is very readable.
Tudor’s caliber MT5612 movement has a 70-hour power reserve and uses a silicon balance spring. This ensures that the movement can withstand a certain extent of magnetism, a serious issue these days for mechanical movements. Think security gates, modern office equipment, even the magnetic lock of a bag for example. These all influence the movement by their magnetic fields. Furthermore, this movement ticks at 28.800vph and is, as written above, chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). It guarantees an accuracy of -4 / +6 seconds a day on average.
On the Heritage Black Bay Steel you’ll find the same brushed 41mm case and riveted Oyster bracelet with matt finish as on the other models. The dial has red printing for the water resistance indication and all-white minute markers. The snowflake hands refers to the 1970 version of the Tudor Submariner for the French Navy while the large winding crown is a nod to the 1950’s Big Crown model. The red writing is something we know from vintage Rolex models (and the new 43mm Sea-Dweller), but there it is used for the indication of the model name. On this Tudor, it is solely for the indication of the maximum depth rating. Tudor did this before, but only on a few watches with the 7923 reference from 1955.
Whether you prefer it on the brushed Oyster bracelet or the beautiful vintage looking black strap, both will also come with the fabric strap. This khaki green fabric strap is made by a hundred-year-old family business from the St-Etienne area in France. They use a special technique by the name of Jacquard, ensuring the highest quality for these watch straps.
A steel bezel version is an interesting addition to the line-up of Black Bay watches, perhaps – together with the black bezel version – a very neutral watch that can become a future classic. The black bezel version is relatively neutral as well, but uses gilt printing on the dial. The bi-color, the PVD coated Black Bay ‘Dark’ and the Black Bay Bronze watches are perhaps more outspoken, which needs to suit you. All these variations of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay also make it possibly interesting collector’s items.
The water resistance of this watch is 200 meters, but we do not recommend swimming with it on the leather strap.
This Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel 79730 model retails for 3600 Swiss Francs on stainless steel and 3300 Swiss Francs for the version with the leather strap. These watches are being delivered starting June 2017.