Tudor Heritage Black Bay, winner of the 2013 GPHG Revival Prize Featured

The Black Bay is a diving watch whose history runs back to 1954, right at the start of the modern age of diving watches.

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19 December 2013

The contemporary reinterpretation of this classic by Tudor won the Revival Prize at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, as “the best watch to offer a contemporary interpretation of an iconic historical model.” In the photo below, the 1954 version (left), and the 2012 re-edition (right).

BLACK BAY 1954-2012

The detailing is superb, such as the lovely burgundy bezel, the Snowflake hands, and the Tudor rose engraved on the crown. The contemporary version has long, stylish lugs, a new folding clasp and a black fabric strap (the watch is also available with an aged leather strap or steel bracelet, but in any case, the fabric strap is always included in the lovely presentation box); the dial has markings that are clearly legible in light and dark conditions. The Calibre 2824 automatic movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch is rated at 200 metres water resistance.

The Black Bay doesn’t have a date display, in keeping with the piece’s historical origins: the original watch had the same beautifully symmetric dial, with many features in common with this new edition except for the bezel, which was of course black.

Philippe Peverelli, CEO of Tudor, said, “The Black Bay has its roots going back to 1954, it was launched in 2012, and in 2013 it won a prize first in London, and now in Geneva. I’m sure there’s lots more good news on the way.”

TUDOR Heritage Black Bay 7

Tudor’s reconnection to its historical precedents is mirrored by another of its classic designs, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, the inspiration of which was a stylish race-track favourite chronograph of the 1970's.