Tudor Heritage Black Bay was launched in 2012 and since then, it is the brand’s largest success. We can even argue that this watch brought Tudor on the front of the scene, under the spotlights, a position that Tudor has never really seen. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a vintage-inspired dive watch, which does nothing else than that, but it does it well. It has a great look, inspired by the 1950s and 1960s divers of the brand (themselves inspired by the famous Rolex Submariner – which might explain the success of the BB), with some elements that vintage collectors cherish, as for example the chamfered lugs, the absence of crown protection, the oversized crown, the gilded indexes or the snowflake hands. When launched, this watch was equipped with an outsourced movement, basically an ETA. What made it successful was clearly the possibility to have a Submariner-style watch, with cool vintage elements, for a price much lower than the version from the “Crown”, and with a superb quality.Related Replica Tudor Heritage Black Bay.
The dial is 90% similar and evolves in the details. While the old BB had the vintage “Rose” logo printed at 12, in-between the large triangle marker and the name “Tudor”, it now bears the actual logo of the brand, the shield – be reassured, the rose is still present on the crown. In order to mark the arrival of a COSC certified in-house movement, the “smile” that was printed at 6, with “Rotor – Self-Winding” is now replaced by more classical inscriptions linked to the pedigree of the movement. We now find two lines of text with “Chronometer – Officially Certified”, just below the “200m : 660ft” depth rate inscription. This is the evolution we certainly like less. The old “smily face” of the Black Bay had a certain outdated charm. The new one is more serious, more technical.
The bracelet has been replaced by something very, very pleasant, a sort of tribute (with the quality of the 2010s) to the antique rivet bracelets that could be found on the early Tudor Submariners. These were famous for having rivet heads for attaching the links in evidence on the side of the bracelet, as well as a stepped construction.The old Tudor Heritage Black Bay had a serious bracelet, with a look close from the Oyster bracelets. It consisted of 3 solid links next to each other, with side links being slightly cut, to create a straight line from the lugs to the buckle. The new bracelet shows this specific stepped construction. The links are perfectly straight and you can see the changes in width from a link to another. The sides are adorned with rivets (which are the end of the transversal bars) and closing pieces, even if, unlike the old rivet bracelets, the links are now full (and not folded). The finishing remains the same, with flat surfaces satined and sides polished. The buckle is also equal – a rather simple but solid folding clasp.
You have the choice between 3 colors (black with pink gold accents, blue with silver accents, burgundy red with pink gold accents). You still enjoy the superbly manufactured case, solid as a rock, with its chamfers on the lugs and nicely satined flat surfaced, the domed sapphire crystal, the pleasant-to-use bezel, the large crown with Rose logo and the overall versatility of this nice dive watch, which can be used is almost every situation.