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Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 Review


The following article has been sponsored by Tudor

The Black Bay from Tudor has been one of the brand’s most popular creations in the last few years, harking back to its old-world charm of a true diver’s watch. Taking inspiration from the original model released in 1954, the latest timepiece has quickly become an icon in the watch world due to its fitting tribute to history.

Behind The Design

In 2016 the model is re-interpreted for a more formal look suited for slimmer wrists whilst retaining the faithful sporty and vintage aesthetics.

Available on a stainless steel bracelet or an aged leather strap, the Heritage Black Bay 36 is executed in a 36mm stainless steel case without the ‘shroud’ surrounding the crown as seen on modern models.

The dial is a gloss, inky black colour with marker and hands designs taken straight from the history books. More specifically they borrow their design codes from the first Tudor Submariners as well as the Submariners of the 70s. The final result is a truly distinctive tribute to this era.

Furthermore, the dial pays tribute to the past with the self-winding text curved at 6 o’clock mark – another throwback to Tudor Submariners of the 50s and 60s.

No matter which option a wearer chooses, included in the box is a camouflage fabric strap set in stormy grey – a sartorial alternative to the traditional aged leather or stainless steel bracelet to give the watch a younger and fresher appeal.

Inside The Black Bay

Housed inside the stainless steel case is the Tudor Calibre 2824, a reliable workhorse movement that will remain faithful and dependable for years to come. The movement affords the timepiece an hours, minutes and seconds counters on a black dial with a flat sapphire crystal face. Water resistance meanwhile is rated at 150 metres alongside a 38 hour power reserve to ensure sufficient diving capabilities.

Final Thoughts

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 will easily remind enthusiasts of tool watches produced by the company from the 50s and 60s with its classic sizing and strap options.

Wrapping it on the wrist brings with it the feeling of being transported back into the past whilst making a strong tribute to the historical models of Tudor’s history. With every different strap the watch effortlessly takes on a different persona whether it be the bracelet adding formality to a watch and suit, or the aged leather playing a perfect match to the smart casual dress code.

The camouflage strap meanwhile acts as the ultimate blend of sartorial menswear and streetwear style, pairing perfectly with an unlined jacket, bomber or white tee with sneakers.

Our verdict? The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 is not only a tribute to the history of the brand but also the perfect accessory for the modern man who demands versatility, heritage roots and a fresh new approach to watch design in the world of timing.

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