Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K: Singapore Price And Review

The most expensive Tudor Black Bay yet.

Since its red-hot introduction in 2012, the Tudor Black Bay collection has been pitched as a bang-for-buck, entry-level luxury dive watch comfortably nestled in the S$5,000-ish price bracket. As far as high-end timepieces go, the Black Bay's retail prices have proven to be a sweet spot – not too prohibitive for budding watch lovers, while positioned as value picks for collectors who see them as the horological equivalent of a $150 bottle of cab sav that tastes like it ought to cost $500.

So, what then, to make of the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K? At S$23,040, the watch effectively smashes the glass ceiling that has kept the collection’s hedged in a pleasant and familiar price category since its inception. Of course, it is not without good reason. As the name implies, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is encased in 18K yellow gold, the first time Tudor has opted to feature a precious metal in the collection. The watch also comes with an open caseback that offers a view to its automatic Calibre MT5400 with 70-hour power reserve – also a first for the collection, which endows this Black Bay Fifty-Eight with a sense of uppity luxe.

Taken in its entirety, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K still looks and feels very much like a tool watch-inspired creation. The 39mm gold case is satin-finished for a matt effect, resulting in a muted, bronze-y tone that is quite the opposite of the polished and gilded sheen that one’d expect of gold watches.

Paired with a ‘golden green’ dial, a shade that’s a cross between olive and moss, with brown alligator leather and green fabric straps that you can swap at will, the watch emanates a certain sportive ruggedness despite the gold case. Of course, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight’s trademark vintage-inspired style with features like the iconic ‘Snowflake’ hands inspired by a 1969 model and domed sapphire crystal, and well-established performance specs like 100m water resistance and COSC-certified precision, help emphasis the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K’s tool watch DNA.

One’d certainly know where his money goes when strapping on the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K – the weight of gold will not be lost on the wearer. At the same time, with Tudor seemingly taking pains to aesthetically ‘un-luxe’ its priciest Black Bay ever, it makes one wonder if the brand is somewhat tentative about the evolution.

Given the popularity of the Black Bay repertoire amongst watch connoisseurs, a deep-pocketed cognoscenti that we imagine would be hardly fiscally inconvenienced by the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K’s retail price, all the models in the current production run will undoubtedly be quickly spoken for. If Tudor’s intention is to test the waters and see how far it can push the Black Bay collection along the luxury spectrum, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K would probably yield very encouraging results. We might not see a diamond-encrusted something anytime soon, but we’d also not bet against a rose or white gold something in the near future.

 Case

39mm 18K yellow gold

 Dial

Green domed

 Movement

Self-winding Calibre MT5400

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds

 Power Reserve

70 hours

 Water resistance

100m

 Price

S$23,040

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Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.


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