Tudor Introduces the Heritage Black Bay “Snowflake” Diver

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Tudor is continuing its highly successful run of vintage inspired Heritage models with the Black Bay diver (ref. 79220R), just presented at Baselworld 2012. Inspired by various vintage Tudor dive watches, including the famous “snowflake” Submariner, the Black Bay has several features taken from the vintage Tudor divers. It has a domed sapphire crystal and domed dial. Furthermore the dial is a “gilt” dial, with pink gold lettering, indices and hands which makes me think of the early Rolex Submariners.

The aluminium bezel insert is matte burgundy, like that on the 1970s Tudor diver. There is also a burgundy ring on the base of the crown, which is topped with the Tudor rose logo. And importantly it has snowflake hands, one of the most distinctive traits of the vintage Tudor Submariners. Admittedly the vintage snowflake watches had square indices on the dial, but I still reckon this looks exceptionally good.

The steel case is 41 mm in diameter and is water resistant to 200 m, or 660 ft. The movement is the ETA 2824 automatic with 38 hour power reserve. 

The Black Bay of 2012 compared with a 1954 Tudor Submariner

It is available with a fabric strap (similar to a NATO strap but with spring bars) and steel bracelet, or a fabric strap and an aged leather strap.

Tudor Black Bay on aged leather strap

The price will be a reasonable USD3700 or so. Traditionalists will see this as a mish-mash of vintage design elements but I don’t mind and I like it. This is a great looking product and I already want one. I have the Heritage Chronograph aka Monte Carlo, and was also impressed by the Heritage Advisor Alarm of 2011. Tudor is on a winning streak.

– SJX Update: A few live pics of the Black Bay from Baselworld.


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