Watches: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Midnight Blue Bezel (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 16, 2014
As Rolex’s sister brand in the “affordable-luxury” price range, Tudor has always lived in the shadow of this giant of the watch industry. Over the past few years, however, the brand has reclaimed a name for itself thanks to a clever re-reading of its history and successfully updated designs.
The Heritage collection epitomises this approach and following the presentation of the Heritage Black Bay Burgundy Red Bezel in 2012, the brand has unveiled a new version with a midnight blue bezel at this year’s Baselworld.
The Black Bay is not a reissue of any one previous model stricto sensu, but rather a synthesis of dive watch designs. With a dark chocolate dial, rose gold hands and hours markers as well as a burgundy red bezel, the 2012 model played on the vintage chord.
The Heritage Black Bay Midnight Blue Bezel unveiled this year is definitely a more modern take on the diver watch. The dial is now matt black and the snowflake hands and hours markers are silver-coloured. The uni-directionally rotating steel bezel features a midnight blue aluminium ring, a colour that is picked up on the anodized tube of the screw-down crown. The overall look is clearly neater, less outdated and the model should appeal to a different audience.
Inside the watch beats the automatic 2824 movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. Tudor has released two versions of this 41 mm Midnight Blue Black Bay: one with an aged black-blue leather strap retailing at US$ 3,100 and one with a steel bracelet priced at US$ 3,245. Both versions come with an additional blue textile strap.
Although I truly prefer the rendition with the black-blue aged leather strap, there is no denying that both versions are excellent value for money and that they are also beautifully designed. With a water resistance of 200 meters, they represent a very fine multi-purpose watch with a lot of personality.