Tudor: Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue”2 July 2020
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” gets its name from its colour, of course, but also from the year 1958, in which the first Tudor divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was presented. Among the many aesthetic nods to this historic watch, this model also carries on with the long Tudor tradition of blue sports watches.
In 1969, Tudor introduced a divers’ watch witha blue dial and bezel. The other sports watchesin the collection were soon attired in blue, immediately creating a lasting aesthetic hallmark known as “Tudor Blue”. Adopted by the French navy for its Tudor divers’ watches during the 1970s, this livery became part of the collective imagination. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” follows in this tradition with its navy blue dialand bezel insert. This is a colour that also appears on the “soft touch” strap offered with this model and made from a synthetic, tactile material resembling flannel.
THE CALIBRE MT5402
The Manufacture Calibre MT5402, which equips the Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue”, displays hour, minute and second functions. Its rotor in tungsten monobloc is openwork and satin-brushed with sand-blasted details, and its bridges and mainplate have alternate sand-blasted, polished surfaces and laser decorations. Its build has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision, as has its variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation. Together with its non-magnetic silicon hairspring, the Manufacture Calibre MT5402 is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Like other models in the Black Bay range, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” adopts Tudor’s characteristic angular hands known as “Snowflake” and the 39mm steel case with polished and satin finish. The unidirectional rotating bezel is in steel with a matt blue anodized aluminum disc and silver gilded markings and numerals. On the screw-down winding crown, the classic Tudor rose in relief.
The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” is available in two versions, with a riveted steel bracelet (€ 3.500) or with a soft-touch/blue fabric strap (€ 3.200). The watch is accompanied by a five-year “transferable” Tudor guarantee that doesn’t require any registration or maintenance checks of the watch.