The Tudor trademark was first registered in 1926 by 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 it 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.
Our 2020 Unworn & Stickered Tudor Black Bay 58 79030N pays tribute to their first divers. Introduced in 1958 the Ref 7924 had a 39mm case and a big crown that achieved 200m water resistance, which was some achievement back then. A 39mm stainless steel case with polished and satin finishes. The curve of the case tapers towards the lugs with a lug to lug length of 47.5mm and a case thickness of 11mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a screw-down signed crown. Unidirectional dive bezel with 60 min numerals on a matte black Aluminium insert at 12 o’clock we have the red inverted triangle and lume pip. Domed sapphire crystal AR coated protects a matte black dial, applied pips and baton hour markers are coated in Super LumiNova. Snowflake hands coated in SuperLumiNova. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back. Inside we have their in-house Automatic Calibre MT5402 (COSC) Certified Chronometer, 25 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, a Bidirectional rotor system that provides a very impressive power reserve. The watch comes fitted on its original 20mm Tudor bracelet with a signed clasp, all links included. The watch comes with its Tudor presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Tudor presentation box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Tudor bracelet with a signed buckle, all links included. The watch is from February 2020 and is sold in unworn condition, complete with stickers. The watch comes with our 12-Month Warranty.
I personally prefer the black to the blue dial on the BB58, I'd be perfectly happy with either but the black takes the cake for me. This is your chance to get a fully stickered and brand new one for less than retail, even at retail these offer stupendous value for money and I think one of the best vintage-inspired dive watches of today.
Movement : Automatic Tudor MT5402
Age : 2011/2020
Specific Age : February 2020
Case Size : 39mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 47.5mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty