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Protecting all this from the components and presumably water (this theoretically being a diver’s watch) is exactly the exact same 41mm, 200m water resistant, stainless steel case, featuring alternating polished and brushed surfaces which Black Bay fans know too well. Different this is your bezel insert that’s constructed from steel as opposed to the aluminum existing on previous Black Bay versions. The steel insert appears tough and ought to add a measure of scratch resistance over aluminum while also providing for a military-inspired rocky look. Tudor’s riveted oyster style bracelet, which can be used on several other but not all of Black Bay versions is a standout. In cases like this, the riveted bracelet perfectly compliments the tool watch style the Black Bay Steel seems to be going for. Consequently, Tudor’s implementation of a contemporary “riveted style” necklace is one of the best out there, combining modern performance with screw bars and contemporary adjustability for the timeless look of Submariners from years past. In another move to bolster the military texture, a canvas NATO design strap in olive green is comprised using the Black Bay Steel if you decide on the stainless steel bracelet model or the also accessible black leather strap version.
Bucherer is Europe’s largest watch retailer (and the biggest seller of Rolex timepieces), with almost 30 stores and estimated annual sales of over SFr1.5 billion (about US$1.5 billion), giving it considerable clout. For its 130th anniversary in 2018, the chain has debuted a series of special edition wristwatches made by a variety of brands – from Audemars Piguet to Zenith – all characterised by dials in dark blue, the firm’s corporate colour.
The latest to join the band of blue watches is Tudor with the Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue, a variant of its bestselling bronze dive watch. Both the dial and bezel are a dark blue, darker than the shade found on the Pelagos in blue, but similar to the bezel on the Black Bay with a blue bezel.
The case back is also engraved with the Swiss retailer’s logo and 1888, the year it was founded in Lucerne.
The rest of the watch is identical to the standard edition – the aluminium-bronze case is 43mm in diameter with a slightly domed sapphire crystal. It’s equipped with the in-house calibre MT5601, a COSC-certified automatic with a silicon hairspring and 70-hour power reserve.
Like the other Tudor Heritage watches, the Bronze Blue is delivered on two straps: a dark blue canvas NATO-style band, as well as a distressed leather strap.
Price and availability
Priced at SFr3800 or €3730, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue, along with the other Bucherer Blue Editions, will be available at Bucherer stores.