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Tudor’s Black Bay Gets an Upgrade at Watches and Wonders 2024

The Tudor Black Bay 58 18K in full gold case and bracelet with green dial and bezel.

A slimmer GMT and a bold gold reference elevate the iconic collection.

Over the decade, Tudor has been sending out a strong message. Its watches are reliable and have a strong identity. We have all come to rely on that message to make our choices, as it continuously delivers what we love to wear every day – tool watches, for want of a better term, which also expresses Tudor’s best-loved models. 


The Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT has a slimmer profile compared with the previous model.
The Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT has a slimmer profile compared with the previous model.

This year at Watches and Wonders, Tudor continued to do just that, tweaking here and there to entice us with that perfect watch we want. Until it comes up with something even better next year, that is.

The Black Bay 58 GMT

The Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT is available with a steel bracelet or rubber strap.
The Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT is available with a steel bracelet or rubber strap.

This, of course, is not the only GMT watch that Tudor has introduced over the years. There is the Black Bay GMT and the Black Bay Pro GMT, both excellent in their own right. The new Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT is more elegant, slimmer, and smaller. The size hits the sweet spot for those who think anything more than 40mm is on the large side as we slowly fall out of love with big watches. The 39mm stainless steel watch has a black and burgundy 24-hour bezel to indicate the night and day via a central GMT hand on a slightly domed black dial with appliquéd brass dot markers. That subtle tweak makes a world of difference to some.

The Tudor Black Bay is a classic sports model that's now upgraded with METAS certification.
The Tudor Black Bay is a classic sports model that’s now upgraded with METAS certification.

Black Bay

There is no immediately discernable difference between this year’s Black Bay and its predecessor, but trust us, the watch has been improved from the inside out. The previous edition had a COSC-certified movement and a fixed clasp. The new Black Bay, on the other hand, has been upgraded with an adjustable clasp and a more stringent Master Chronometer certification by METAS. The Super-LumiNova on the ‘Snowflake’ hands is now upgraded to a Grade A variant, and the watch has a five-year warranty.

The Tudor Black Bay 58 18K is a full gold case and bracelet coming in at 193 grams.
The Tudor Black Bay 58 18K has a full gold case and bracelet, weighing 193g in total.

Black Bay 58 18K

This is a surprise release at this year’s fair, but in a good way. Tudor has decided to unleash its Black Bay 58 in solid 18K gold, wowing watch pundits and raising the eyebrows of journalists. This watch is the most expensive Tudor to date, surpassing the brand’s previous price point ceiling by a considerable amount. Utilising precious metals seems antithetical to the spirit of a tool watch, but Tudor is not the first to do so, and there’s obviously a market for it. The watch has a 39mm case with an open caseback that showcases its self-winding Manufacture Calibre MT5400. Its ‘golden green’ dial is unique, and even the Super-LumiNova-coated hands are made of gold. Despite being a golden watch, it is subtle and elegant, without any hint of the vulgarity that is typically associated with golden watches.

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A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.


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