Hands-On The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” much the same as the assessment set forth by King Henry IV, there is a tremendous measure of pressing factor that comes with being viewed as a brilliant illustration for the general population. The stakes are regularly high, and the capacity to please in a way writ enormous likely could be viewed as everything except unthinkable. For the recently reported Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Naval force Blue,” this implies satisfying the hopes endless supply of the most regarded lines in watchmaking, the place of Rolex and Tudor. What’s more, while every single lover that numbers among the unwashed masses (myself included) knows precisely what Tudor should make on the off chance that the person in question were ruler of the manor, barely any know the game just as those presently in control, and the new Blue follows an effective way that has been set up for decades.
In 2013, Tudor got back to the US market and brought along up and coming watches like the Heritage Chronograph and what is ostensibly the Swiss games watch of the 2010s, the Black Bay jump watch. So cherished was this new-vintage jumper that the GPHG granted the Black Bay its Revival prize in 2013. In the course of recent years, the Black Bay has developed a few ETA-controlled 41mm jump watches to a whole reach that traverses various emphasess of the first plan , alongside a progression of spreading plans that incorporate energetic three-handers, chronographs, and a market-beating hefty hitter in the Black Bay GMT .
Along the Black Bay way, we’ve seen an assortment of tones used to extraordinary impact. The early models bore burgundy or dim blue bezels, there were bronze, steel, green, blue, dark, inclination dials, two-tones, and, obviously, the red/blue bezel of the GMT. An example, it seems.
Then, in March of 2018, we saw the principal genuine development of the first 41mm model a major trend Black Bay Fifty-Eight. Estimated at 39mm and impressively more slender on wrist, the Fifty-Eight was a moment hit. Shortlists and auxiliary business sectors jumped up to help the developing interest for a cutting edge Tudor with a dark dial and plated highlights that wore a dreadful part like a vintage Submariner. Presently, after two years, Tudor has declared this new “Naval force Blue” model into the vacuum made by a world without Baselworld, constraining this new and chronicled colorway to stand alone.
While I realize sentiments have been blended, in the wake of seeing it face to face, I can’t think about a superior or seriously fitting expansion to the Fifty-Eight setup. Moreover, with any item that makes dynamic reference to the previous, a brisk history exercise may assist with giving some context. As the solitary thing changed between the past Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N (dark/overlaid) and the new “Naval force Blue” 79030B is the blue shading for the bezel and dial, that appears as great a spot to begin as any, and the main tip comes from the name of the tone, a shade of blue that is assuredly not naval force, but rather is like that once worn by a Navy.
I’m not certain why I’m being bashful about it: Many of you thoroughly understand MN Tudor Submariners, and I addressed the genealogy in my introduction post for this new model . All things considered, these are painfully cool instrument plunge watches that are quite often seen on NATO ties, so if it’s not too much trouble, permit me to enjoy the past.
The new 79030B’s shading is straightforwardly regarding the blue dial and blue bezel found on the purported “Blue Snowflake” Tudor Submariners from the mid-70s. While you can get a stunning breakdown of a few models in our video with Grahame Fowler and his numerous Milsubs , you can likewise see nine explicit models in this video from Watchistry (similar watches profiled in their exquisite book Marine Nationale ).
A 1975 gave Tudor 94010 (left, through Watchistry’s book Marine Nationale) and the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Naval force Blue” 79030B.
While Tudor Subs and Snowflakes positively exist outside the particular domain of the Marine Nationale (otherwise known as the French Navy), MN Subs are greatly collectible military-gave jump watches, and keeping in mind that the previous dark dial adaptations are the most uncommon of the parcel, it’s difficult to contend with the excellence of the blue/blue variants.
Earlier Snowflake MNs incorporate the reference 7016, which came in both beat up renditions, and dates from the last part of the ’60s until the mid-’70s when Tudor refreshed the development from the 7106’s ETA 2483 to the 94010’s ETA 2776. In models like this MN75 94010 (seen above, named as such for being given to the MN in 1975), we see where the Fifty-Eight Navy Blue gets a portion of its motivation. Estimating 39mm across with an Oyster case (with penetrated drags!), the blue dial and blue bezel are an exquisite counterpart for the now-exemplary Snowflake hands and the stunning square markers. To my eyes, inside the universe of Subs (MN or something else), these are the absolute most sweetheart developments of the structure, and the blue permits a character that is heartily unmistakable from different Subs, be they from Tudor or Rolex.
Looking at the new Blue, Tudor has consolidated the tone – which I would depict as lighter and more dim than the bezel of the Black Bay “12 PM Blue” and fairly less immersed than the blue utilized for the really magnificent Pelagos Blue – while selecting to keep up the center Black Bay plan language. So we have a coin-edge bezel, round hour markers, no penetrated drags, and white lume that gleams splendid green.
Holding consistent with its overlaid kin, the case stays 39mm wide, 11.9mm thick (comprehensive of the boxed sapphire precious stone), and 47mm drag to carry. Water opposition is 200m with an excellent crown, and the haul width is a tie change cordial 20mm. It’s in a real sense a similar watch delightfully covered by Stephen a year ago , yet now in blue, and without the overlaid accents.
To my eyes, this is the most awesome aspect the pair, however I need to communicate an inclination. I could do without plated accents, and I experience difficulty getting amped up for another dark dial jump watch from Tudor (or Rolex, besides). While I wasn’t at first excited by the delivered images, the watch is basically unfathomable face to face. The blue is warm however not silly, and the bezel is considerably more matte than that of the Black Bay Blue (the 41mm adaptation, that is). Furthermore, I believe it’s additional amusing to see a blue/blue colorway on a more modest steel jump watch from Tudor given that this particular vibe has for quite some time been held for those that could make good for a white gold Sub.
Like the dark/overlaid BB58, the Navy Blue is basically amazing on wrist. It sits low and level and feels extraordinary on anything from elastic to a NATO, cowhide, or the offered wristband. My loaner was conveyed on a stunning silver-striped blue texture tie that looks great and feels incredible. All things considered, this watch shouts for either a NATO or a MN-style sewn versatile parachute lash. Not to stress, I have both for simply such occasions.
The bezel stays truly outstanding in the business with no slop, and an exquisite 60-click activity that never sounds modest or metallic. Those of you who often wear a wide value scope of plunge watches realize that the bezel and the crown are the place where you can feel your cash being spent. For this situation, doubtlessly that you’re working an all around made watch.
As we’ve come to anticipate from most Black Bay models, the Fifty-Eight Navy Blue is fueled by a Tudor production development, the MT5402. COSC-guaranteed and ticking at 4 Hz, this in-house programmed offers 70 hours of force save and is right now just utilized in the Fifty-Eight line, and it just exists in a no-date format.
A few days wearing the Fifty-Eight Navy Blue on an assortment of lashes and in districts that included everything from my love seat to the cool waters of an anonymous lake in Ontario for a touch of swimming, this new model figures out how to feel both unique and toolish simultaneously. It is nearly like Tudor has had the option to take the hard-wearing jump prepared appeal of the Snowflake, and add simply a spot of the allure of the white gold Submariner I beforehand mentioned.
Everything Stephen said about the dark/overlaid model stands, and I’ve put in a couple of days with that watch on my wrist – it is something flawless – however depend on it, the blue swings route more earnestly than just another color. By all accounts, this is ostensibly an exhausting and totally unsurprising extension of the Fifty-Eight line. Blue dial sport watches are mainstream, Tudor has a lot of incredible models from quite a while ago, so what did you anticipate? A Black Bay Rainbow?
As an aside, a year ago they gave us something abnormal and fun and extraordinary in the P01 , and individuals (some of you, positively) went all out with the horrifying displays of violence. This year they offer a solid buyer grade wide-market watch in the 79030B, some actually figure out how to complain. Is it overall similar individuals? I wonder … before I fall profoundly asleep.
Let’s not fail to remember that the Black Bay is the brand’s center, particularly with regards to the entirely alluring and frequently difficult to-purchase Fifty-Eight. Also, where the 79030N is french fries, the 79030B is onion rings. Any menu ought to have both. Furthermore, I’ll stop for a minute, I’d go for the rings.
Either way, fries or rings, you’re taking a gander at $3,375 for either the texture or the new “delicate touch” engineered lash, or $3,700 on the steel wristband. At this value, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight remaining parts a heavenly incentive for those needing a Submariner-like encounter that is straightforwardly styled by Tudor’s past, however the Fifty-Eight isn’t without competition.
We are in the pains of Hot Dive Watch Summer, and the new Fifty-Eight joins a developing position of truly staggering devotee centered item inside the type of jump watches around ~40mm. Among those positions, the Tudor is ostensibly the head honcho regarding the value point, and should you have a more modest financial plan, the new 40.5mm Seiko SPB Prospex models are all-stars for under $1,500. All things considered, the Seiko isn’t competition for the Tudor, particularly inside the viewpoint of the more extensive purchaser market.
I love considering the competition for a given watch, and with the Tudor Fifty-Eight, there is inner and outer competition. For inner, there are numerous other Black Bays, including the astounding Pelagos (which can likewise be had in blue), and I’d bet there is immediate competition from Rolex, in that purchasers who wouldn’t depict themselves as value touchy may get their name on top notch for both a cutting edge Rolex Submariner and the Fifty-Eight and simply purchase whichever they can get first. The wrist clout of the two alternatives ought not be excused while evaluating how a given purchaser may cross-shop a watch in a way that focuses on the “get factor” in a way that is swelled past a level market appraisal of cost to-value.
Bellyache maybe, however loads of ADs took care of requests for the new Tudor before mine could be conveyed straightforwardly from the brand. In the event that you need what is for the most part viewed as an “un-gettable” watch, you need to play the game or sit (discreetly) and stand by. Become more acquainted with your ADs, people.
Taking a fairly more extensive look, the Tudor needs to get down to business with a spread that remembers the for house fueled 42mm Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 at $4,380 (or perhaps the $3,950 Superocean Automatic 42), the 42mm IWC Aquatimer ($5,400), the prior (date at 3) 41mm Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial ($4,400), or the ETA-controlled Bremont S300 ($4,095). This is the place where we see that the Tudor sits at something of an opening on the lookout. Being valued above great ETA-fueled choices like those from Sinn, Oris, and Doxa guarantees the Tudor feels like a stage up based on what is by and large considered “section level” from the Swiss market. But, being evaluated under a few brands that effectively dodge the Rolex mastery of the $7,000-$15,000 territory makes a big deal about the Black Bay line feel like a take, particularly if what you need is explicitly a regular jump watch from a heritage brand.
And that is the thing that you’re getting. The more modest case and profile of the Fifty-Eight methods it wears well on more wrists, acknowledges a more extensive scope of ties, and could undoubtedly be a plunge watch that does the 9-to-5 similarly as competently as it deals with a 40-minute profile on a Caribbean wreck.
To talk on a more close to home note about the overall force of another tone, I for one have not thought about the dark/plated rendition as its shading was not as I would prefer. As far as I might be concerned, the Navy Blue not just puts the Fifty-Eight immovably on my radar, however it has likewise figured out how to put the Black Bay far up on my need list – a rundown that already just had space for the Pelagos Blue and the Heritage Chrono Blue.
In numerous ways, everything that may make this an exhausting delivery from Tudor for a year like 2020 additionally make it a genuinely superb second section to the Fifty-Eight family, and a watch that I might a lot of want to own.
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Naval force Blue” is a jump watch that estimates 39 x 11.9 x 47mm and offers 200m water opposition. It is controlled by a COSC-confirmed Tudor production MT5402 and is a blue dial/blue bezel rendition of the 2018 dark/overlaid Black Bay Fifty-Eight. The Fifty-Eight “Naval force Blue” retails from $3,375 and more data can be found on Tudor’s website .