With this 4K-video we present you the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K. The name Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is, of course, a reference to the precious metal of its case, but also to 1958, the year in which the first Tudor divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was introduced. Among other aesthetic nods to this historic watch, this model offers a case 39 mm in diameter in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s. Ideal for slim wrists, people who like more compact watches and, of course, vintage enthusiasts, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is also the first Tudor divers’ watch to be made in 18 ct yellow gold and offered with an open case back.
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Key points of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K…
1. Case with satin finish (matt), 39 mm in diameter, in 18 ct yellow gold with an open case back
2. Dial matt “golden green” in tone, with applied hour markers in 18 ct yellow gold
3. Manufacture Calibre MT5400, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) with a hairspring in silicon and a 70-hour power reserve
4. “Snowflake” hands, one of the hallmarks of the TUDOR divers’ watches introduced in 1969, in 18 ct yellow gold, with grade A Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminescent material
5. Two straps are included: green Jacquard fabric with gold band and dark brown alligator
6. Five-year transferable guarantee, without registration or mandatory maintenance checks
7. Price: 16.000 CHF including VAT.
Entirely satin-finished for a matt effect that may seem counter-intuitive with the traditional, bright finish typical of a gold watch, the case of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K in 18 ct yellow gold is another first for a Tudor divers’ watch. An open case back, which reveals the new Manufacture MT5400 Calibre, has not been offered by the brand before for this type of product and reinforces the dual aesthetic language of this model. Midway between the legacy of a robust tool-watch that still defines Tudor and a precious object, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K remains as rare as it is exclusive.
The matt 18 ct yellow gold of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is emphasised by the elegant combination of dial and bezel, which are a rich “golden green” in tone with matt gold details. The “Snowflake” hands are in 18 ct yellow gold, as are the appliqués of the hour markers. The same colour palette is found on the fabric strap offered with this model. The fabric strap is one of the hallmarks of Tudor, which, in 2010, became one of the first watchmaking brands to offer it with its products. Woven in France on 19th century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company in the St-Etienne region, its manufacturing quality and comfort on the wrist are unique. In 2020, Tudor and Julien Faure, a 150-year old family company, celebrated ten years of partnership that began with the Heritage Chrono – the first model to be equipped with a fabric strap created by the craftsmen – that was launched at Baselworld 2010.
39 mm case, satin finished, in 18 ct yellow gold
Open case back with sapphire crystal
Unidirectional rotatable bezel in 18 ct yellow gold with 60-minute graduated disc in matt green anodised aluminium and gold gilded markings and numerals
18 ct yellow gold screw-down winding crown, with the Tudor rose in relief with circular satin-brushed 18 ct yellow gold winding crown tube
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
Domed dark brown alligator strap with 18 ct yellow gold buckle
Additional green fabric strap with gold-coloured band and 18 ct yellow gold buckle, included in the box
Manufacture Calibre MT5400
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Swiss Chronometer officially certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute)
Approximately 70 hours
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Variable inertia balance, micro-adjustment by screw
Non-magnetic silicon balance spring
Frequency: 28.800 beats/hour (4 Hz)