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Tudor Heritage Black Bay: Singapore & Malaysia Price And Review

#MakeTudorGreatAgain? THIS is the watch that made it happen.

 

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 
If every artist has his most defining piece of work, then the Heritage Black Bay is surely Tudor’s modern-day magnum opus. Introduced in 2012, the collection was the harbinger of greater things to come for a brand that had, up till then, found it a challenge to find its footing apart from big brother Rolex. (More on that here.)

And if further proof was needed of its resurrecting power, the Heritage Black Bay won the ‘Revival’ Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in the year after it was launched.

The prize, introduced for the first time in 2012, honours the best watch that “offers a contemporary reinterpretation or reissue of an iconic historical model”. While the term, ‘heritage’ is applied to the Black Bay, it doesn’t mean the watch is simply a rehash of earlier models. In fact, over 60 years of Tudor’s dive watch history have been distilled into a single collection. In the same way, other models in the Heritage collection like the Advisor, Chrono, Chrono Blue, Ranger and Black Bay, are based on archive models but refreshed with amped up features and more contemporary miens.

Although its early timepieces bore a similar look and feel (and even names) to Rolex’s established models, Tudor’s dive watches have always been well-respected even amongst dive stalwarts like the Seamasters and Aquatimers. In fact, many great military navies around the world have been equipped with Tudor’s Submariners, proving they’ve got both form and function. 

Launched in 1954, Tudor’s dive tickers were made to stringent requirements that were inspired by WWII military timepieces, which had taken on a tool-watch sensibility. Wartime conditions then demanded dive watches with extreme functionality and improved performance rather than just your run-of-the-mill waterproof tickers.

As these innovations took off, so too did the demand for civilian dive watches in the 1950s and 1960s. And as the concept evolved, the attributes of dive watches did likewise, incorporating features like a unidirectional bezel, screw down winding crown and waterproofness to at least 200m—all of which the Heritage Black Bay possesses.

Tudor in-house movement MT5602
When it was first unveiled, the watch was equipped with the Tudor Calibre 2824, based on the reliable self-winding ETA movement 2824. Later versions are powered by the COSC-certified in-house movement, MT5602 (above)—one of Tudor’s first—with 70-hour power reserve, variable inertia oscillator and silicon balance spring. 
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
First launched with a burgundy bezel, a follow-up model with blue bezel was rolled out in 2014, then another with black bezel the next year. But the original version with burgundy bezel and black dial is the one collectors are after. The model was updated with a new steel bracelet last year (above) but we think the aged leather strap gives the watch a more rugged vibe which, if you think about it, is pretty much up Tudor's alley.

 Case

41mm, steel with polished and satin finish

 Dial

Black with domed sapphire crystal

 Movement

Self-winding Calibre MT5602

 Strap

Aged leather strap, additional fabric strap with buckle included

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds with stop-seconds function for precise time-setting

Power reserve

70 hours

Price

S$4,608, RM13,320

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Last modified on Thursday, 06 July 2017 15:19
Melissa Kong

Online Editor

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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