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Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36: Review and Singapore Price 

Tudor Black Bay for the ladies? Look no further.

Like Miu Miu to Prada or DKNY to Donna Karan, Tudor has long been considered Rolex’s younger diffusion line. Until 2007 that is, when the brand embarked on its relaunch (which eventually spanned a number of years). In the next few years, they unveiled the Heritage collection with pieces referenced from the archives. From this collection, the Black Bay, in particular, has performed exceedingly well.

Introduced in 2012, the Heritage Black Bay was inspired by the 1954 Reference 1922 dive watch. Just a year later, it won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve’s ‘Revival Award’. Since then, Tudor has found its footing, launching more vintage-inspired pieces spurred by the success of the Heritage Black Bay collection.    

Proving they have serious watchmaking chops, Tudor premiered its own in-house movement in 2015 with the North Flag collection. But if you think this has sent its prices Rolex-wards, they’re actually kept within reach of most CBD execs at an average of S$5,000 each.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 Ref. 79500

This year, the Heritage Black Bay collection comprises four models—Black Bay, Black Bay Bronze, Black Bay Dark, and Black Bay 36 (above). Of the four, the Black Bay 36 is the only one which doesn’t use an in-house movement. Instead, it’s powered by the self-winding Tudor calibre 2824 based on the reliable ETA movement 2824. 

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Like the others in the collection, the Black Bay 36 features a dial inspired by retro Tudor divers’ watches from the 1950s. The collection’s characteristic snowflake hands and a fixed steel bezel complete the look. With a 36mm case, the watch is an ideal option for ladies who like to rock a sporty look, although it must be said that the Black Bay 36mm is also well-suited for men with slimmer wrists. 

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 Ref. 79500

Available in either a steel bracelet or lightly distressed beige leather strap with deployant clasp, the watch comes with an additional strap in camouflage fabric (above), a signature of the Heritage collection. 

 Case

36mm, steel with polished and satin finish

 Dial

Black 

 Movement

Self-winding Tudor calibre 2824

 Strap

Steel bracelet or aged leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch. Additional camouflage fabric strap with buckle

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds

Power reserve

38 hours

Prices

S$3,456 (leather strap), $3,888 (steel bracelet)

 

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Last modified on Monday, 21 November 2016 13:00
Melissa Kong

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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".

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