The Heritage Black Bay family welcomes the new Heritage Black Bay Bronze model, a 43 mm divers’ watch inspired by the brand’s history and fitted with a mechanical movement developed, manufactured and assembled by TUDOR.
The characteristic elements of the new Heritage Black Bay Bronze model’s personality have been drawn from TUDOR’s history. It inherits the general lines, as well as the dial and domed crystal, from the very first TUDOR diving watches. It features the particularly prominent winding crown from the famous 7924 reference of 1958, known as Big Crown. It borrows the characteristic angular hands, known as snowflake, from the watches delivered in large quantities to the French National Navy in the 1970s. The drilled holes on the side of the lugs and their particularly pronounced chamfering can be added to the list of notable historic design elements adopted in this new model.
The characteristic element of the Heritage Black Bay Bronze is an imposing bronze case, 43 mm in diameter, which is an aesthetic reference to the use of bronze in historic ships and other diving equipment. The choice of this metal, a high performance aluminium bronze alloy, guarantees the development of a subtle and unique patina to match its user’s habits. In addition to a highly functional appearance in line with the world to which it pays tribute, the Heritage Black Bay Bronze has entirely brushed finishes that guarantee a homogeneous development of the patina.
A combination of chocolate brown dial and bezel – a first for TUDOR – with golden and beige accents, completes the model’s look. The visual effect is that of a patinated object that could have battled the waves on its owner’s wrist for many years, and seems to have been fashioned by him and his lifestyle.
The Tudor MT5601 Manufacture Movement was developed specifically to equip the Heritage Black Bay Bronze model. Slightly larger in diameter and displaying hours, minutes and seconds functions, it bears the reference MT5601, in which “MT” stands for “Mouvement TUDOR”.
In 2015, TUDOR announced the first mechanical movement in its history to have been developed, manufactured and assembled inhouse. A high performance calibre of excellent precision and proven robustness, it offers a 70hour power reserve. Beating to a frequency of 28,800 beats/hour or 4Hz, the movement is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring, held in place by a traversing bridge – a guarantee of its robustness. Furthermore, the movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
TUDOR has identified the historic uses of its watches and reinterpreted them in its latest models. For example, the French Navy had TUDOR watches delivered without bracelets and then fitted them with their own straps, handmade or otherwise. One of them, found on a period watch, is made of elastic recovered from a French rescue parachute. It is from this ultrafunctional relic, recognisable by its central yellow thread that the beige and brown woven jacquard strap fitted to the Heritage Black Bay Bronze descends. In line with the characteristics of the Heritage line, it is accompanied also by an aged brown leather strap whose angled cut accentuates a rustic effect.
Model: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
Bronze case, bronze coloured PVD treated steel case back, 43 mm, satin finish
Bezel: Bronze unidirectional rotatable bezel with disc in matt brown anodised aluminium
Winding crown: Bronze screw down winding crown adorned with an engraved TUDOR rose
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal
Water-proofness: Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
MT5601, Manufacture TUDOR (COSC)
Swiss Chronometer Officially Certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute)
Self winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours
Oscillator: Variable inertia balance, micro adjustment by screw
Nonmagnetic silicon balance spring
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Total diameter: 33,8 mm
Thickness: 6,5 mm
Jewels: 25 jewels
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop seconds function for precise time setting
Aged leather strap with bronze buckle
Additional fabric strap with bronze buckle included in the box
Swiss Price (VAT incl.): CHF 3’800.—