Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight: Malaysia Price and Review

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Tudor’s latest Black Bay is leaner and meaner.

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

Introduced as a nod to Tudor’s legacy of dive watches, the newly announced Black Bay Fifty-Eight is the Swiss manufacture’s latest entry to its Black Bay line and the first in its fold to downsize instead of upsize.

Compared to the typical 41mm Black Bays, the new Fifty-Eight comes in at a robust 39mm stainless steel case with a polished and satin finishing. The thickness has also been substantially dropped to just under 12mm, making for a much slimmer and sleeker profile. This compelling shift in sizing is pretty much based on Tudors of old, more specifically the 1958 Reference 7924.

MT5402

The leaner profile is largely achieved thanks to Tudor’s newest movement, the in-house Calibre MT5402 (above), an automatic engine that is 26mm in diameter and boasts a whopping 70 hours of power reserve. Running at 28,800bph and containing a non-magnetic silicon balance spring, the movement is chronometer-certified with a water resistance of 200m, giving the Fifty-Eight much legitimacy as a diver’s companion.

Dial-wise, there’s just something inherently vintage and beautiful about the gold-tone bezel, hands and dial markings on the Fifty-Eight’ slim proportions. Furthering the old school appeal of the watch, the colour crown tube is removed and the crown itself features an embossed Tudor Rose logo.

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

The Fifty-Eight also comes with a three-link stainless steel bracelet (above) with polished and satin-brushed finishes and nostalgic exposed rivets attaching each link, inspired from the folding bracelets of Tudor divers in the 1950s. Aside from the steel option, there are also options for a brown leather strap with a folding clasp or black fabric strap with a gold-coloured band that’s made using Tudor’s signature Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the St-Etienne region of France.

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

While most watches in recent times have been taking the vintage route in their new releases, this move by Tudor to reduce the size is a refreshing and welcoming one indeed. The gesture is well appreciated by enthusiasts who value a functional tool watch that doesn’t try to hard to be old school cool but is maintains finesse and a smooth execution. For its price tag and features, the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight is definitely a piece to keep in your radar once it hits our shores later this year.

Case

39mm steel with polished and satin finish

Dial

Black, domed

Movement

In-house Calibre MT5402

Bracelet

Riveted steel bracelet with polished and satin finish, or brown leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch, or black fabric strap with gold coloured band

Functions

Centre hours, minutes and seconds

Power Reserve

70 hours

Price

RM14,150 (steel), RM12,900 (leather or fabric)

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.



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