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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel: Singapore Price And Review

Meet Tudor’s steel stallion.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
This year's Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

It’s safe to say the Black Bay series is to Tudor what the iPhone is to Apple. Not only is it the most recognisable offering from the brand, it’s also the most popular and, quite likely, the product generating the most revenue for the brand. In fact, it’s largely seen as the collection that propelled Tudor back into the spotlight, and made collectors take notice again.

There’s plenty to love about the Black Bay—the domed dial and crystal inspired by early Tudor divers, as well as the overall aesthetics for which it has to thank big brother Rolex. But while its looks are a nod to Rolex, the Black Bay Steel’s movement is entirely its own.

Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5612

A manufacture calibre, the COSC-certified MT5612 (above) powers this year’s Black Bay Steel and Black Bay S&G. It’s also the calibre that Breitling based its own Calibre B20 on. 

Tudor Pelagos LHD
In addition, a variation of it (the MT5612-LHD) drives the Pelagos LHD (above). As a left-handed watch, the Pelagos LHD’s had to feature a modified MT5612 calibre to accommodate a winding stem on the opposite side.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
With the new Heritage Black Bay Steel, Tudor isn’t reinventing the wheel. It’s clear what works for the brand and they don’t intend to rock the boat. Aside from the Calibre MT5612, the watch also retains the collection’s trademark snowflake hands and features a new riveted steel bracelet inspired by those of Tudor watches from the 1950s and 1960s. Incorporating a stepped construction, the bracelet design utilises modern manufacturing techniques to integrate the solid links.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
As its name suggests, the watch features a uni-directional rotating bezel in brushed steel. In a first for the series, the steel bezel lends the watch an understated minimalist look that is incredibly appealing. But if that’s not enough colour for you, it also comes with an additional jacquard strap (above) in khaki green so you can swap out the bracelet for a sportier look. Alternatively, the watch is available in an aged leather strap (below) that offers a more rugged appeal.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

If you want a piece of Tudor’s iconic Black Bay range, this is a great option. While the 2012 Black Bay with burgundy bezel might be the most sought-after of the family, we think this steel version is a lot more versatile and straddles the formal/sporty divide a little better. At S$5,184, the watch may not be what some consider affordable but it’s certainly not out of reach for many. So if you’re after a good mechanical watch with solid history, this is one worth saving for.

 Case

41mm, steel with polished and satin finish

 Dial

Black, domed

 Movement

In-house self-winding Calibre MT5612

 Strap/  Bracelet 

Steel or aged leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch. Addition fabric strap with buckle included.

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, instantaneous date with rapid adjustment without non-correction range. Stop seconds for precise time setting.

 Power  Reserve

70 hours

 Price

S$5,184 (steel), S$4,752 (leather)

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Last modified on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:10
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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