Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Tudor box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 22mm full bracelet with its signed clasp. The watch is from December 2018 and is sold in worn condition, a full case and bracelet refurb can be provided at an additional cost. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.
The Tudor trademark was first registered in 1926 by the Swiss watchmaking company “Veuve de Philippe Hüther” on behalf of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex watches. Wilsdorf took it over himself in 1936. Just after the second world war, Hans Wilsdorf Founder of Rolex knew that the time had come to expand and give the Tudor brand a proper identity of its own, the Tudor Rose started to appear on their dials from this time. Thus, on 6 March 1946, he created the “Montres TUDOR S.A.” company, specialising in models for both men and women. Rolex guaranteed the technical, aesthetic and functional characteristics, along with the distribution and after-sales service. In 1948 we saw the first Tudor-specific advertising, a few years later they introduced the TUDOR Oyster Prince in 1952. Hans Wilsdorf allowed Tudor to use their waterproof Oyster case and the original self-winding Perpetual ’rotor’ movement, this was an exclusive arrangement that benefitted both brands. Development soon commenced with the introduction of the TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner, reference 7922 in 1954. This watch was quickly adopted by the French Navy in 1956. Building on their reputation of robustness in 1961 the Rose was replaced by the shield. Later in 1969, we saw the design changes in Ref. 7016 where for the first time square indexes and angular hands nicknamed “snowflake” allowed for a greater amount of lume to be applied; this was appreciated by the divers of the French Navy. Today these innovations can be seen in the Black Bay and Pelagos collections. In 1971 Tudor introduced the Oysterdate chronographs nicknamed “Monte-Carlo” due to them resembling a roulette wheel. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 1996. In that same year, Tudor decided to shed Rolex signed components such as the cases, crowns and bracelets in favour of Tudor branded ones. Today Tudor uses their in-house movements developed initially in 2015 in collaboration with Breitling.
Here we have a 2018 Tudor Black Bay Black 79230N with a 41mm case that curves over your wrist for a comfortable fit, a lug-to-lug length of 50mm and a thickness of 14.5mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. Brushed surfaces and polished chamfered edges are expertly executed around the case, on the right side is a signed screw-down crown. The unidirectional stainless steel bezel has a black insert with a 60-minute dive scale, at 12 o’clock you find a red inverted triangle with a lume pip in its centre. The domed sapphire crystal sits above a matte black dial, gilt minute tracks with applied gilt-edged discs and batons mark the hours, the characteristic snowflake hands are gilt-edged and coated in luminance complemented by a gilt sweeping second hand with a snowflake counterweight. Inside an Automatic Tudor Cal. MT5602, in-house Certified Chronometer (COSC) movement, 25 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, first introduced in 2015. The watch comes fitted on its Tudor 22mm stainless steel bracelet with a Tudor folding clasp and also comes with its Tudor presentation box and papers.
Whilst I do personally prefer the Black Bay 58 in case size and proportions on the wrist, since I've put on weight and my wrist is now 7inch I can totally wear this 41mm reference and it doesn't feel out of place on my wrist. So I would suggest not writing this one off if you are in the market for a Black Bay, come in and try it on and see for yourself, there is no denying the value at the least.