Tudor Debuts A Monochromatic Black Bay 41

Black and silver livery.

Last year, Tudor revealed an updated version of its classical diver, the Black Bay 41 with a refreshed crown, bracelet, and bezel designs. Initially presented with a rich burgundy-hued bracelet, the brand has now introduced a more monochrome aesthetic, showcasing a new black dial accentuated by silver markers.

Initial thoughts

This year’s latest release is interesting to say the least. It encapsulates the enduring allure of traditional dive watches, but the modern color scheme takes from the classic allure. Unlike its predecessor, the new model does away with any gilt accents – which bestows this timepiece with a more minimalist and utilitarian aesthetic.

True to Tudor’s tradition, the value proposition remains exceptional. Priced at US$4,225 for the steel model with a rubber strap (slightly higher with bracelet options, whether the five-link version or the vintage-inspired riveted bracelet), it compares favourably with similar sports watches. The Black Bay’s winning formula lies in its straightforward design with classic cues, excellent craftsmanship, and accessible price, solidifying its status as a compelling diver choice.

Last year’s Black Bay 41 with its burgundy red bezel and gilt accents

A black and silver livery

One questionable aspect of the revamped design is the similarity it bears to the modern Rolex Submariners. The clean, silvered accented black dial resembles the iconic Submariner more than ever.

Save for the new uniform colour scheme, the watch has much of the visual identity of its predecessor, sporting the same snowflake hour hand alongside a “lollipop” design for the seconds. At 41 mm in diameter and 13.6 mm thick, it maintains the exact case dimensions as the current lineup.

The Black Bay 41 has three different bracelet options: a rivet-style steel bracelet, a five-link bracelet, or a rubber strap. Each option incorporates the brand’s proprietary “T-Fit” mechanism, facilitating micro-adjustments for enhanced comfort.

The latest iteration of the Black Bay is equipped with the in-house cal. MT5602-U. Certified by METAS as a Master Chronometer, this automatic movement operates at a high frequency of 4 Hz, a power reserve of 70 hours, and features a silicon hairspring.

The choice of caliber marks the brand’s migration towards a fully METAS-certified lineup of calibers. The movement has an industrial look with minimal embellishments, implying its orientation towards performance.

Key facts and price

Tudor Black Bay 41
Ref. 7941A1A0NU

Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 13.6 mm
Material: Steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 200 mm

Movement: Cal. MT5602-U
Features: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 70 hours

Strap: Steel bracelet (five link or rivet-style) or rubber strap

Limited edition: No
Now at Tudor boutiques and retailers
Steel and rubber strap: US$4,225
Steel and rivet-style bracelet: US$4,425
Steel and five-link bracelet: US$4,550

For more information, visit Tudorwatch.com.


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