Tudor's Exciting New Models Unveiled At W&W23
This week Tudor unveiled the first of its new models for 2023 at Watches & Wonders Geneva, and let’s just say there’s been plenty for collectors and enthusiasts to get excited about. The focus this year is the brand’s legendary Black Bay collection, with several updates across the range and the surprise introduction of an entirely new model that pays direct homage to the original Ref 7922 dive watch from 1954. That’s not all, there’s also a new look for the Black Bay GMT, while two new dial colours have also been added to the versatile Tudor Royal range. There’s a lot to cover, so get comfortable and keep reading.
Tudor Black Bay 54
The big (or rather ‘small’) story from Tudor this year is the new Black Back Bay 54, a sort of vintage re-issue of Tudor’s first mechanical dive watch, the Ref 7922, which made its debut in 1954. Much of the DNA of the modern day Black Bay collection originates from the Ref 7922, and so it’s nice to see Tudor bring things full circle. The modern version offers a very wearable steel case measuring 37mm in diameter and is just 11.24mm thick (positively svelte for a dive watch). The brushed case is paired with your choice of a matching steel bracelet or a rubber strap (with steel end links), both of which are equipped with T-Fit claps, Tudor’s tool-less micro-adjustment system that collectors have been crying out for in the Black Bay collection. (Spoiler alert: Tudor really delivered on this front across the range.)
The case size isn’t the only thing that’s different about the Tudor Black Bay 54 though. Tudor really wanted to pay tribute to its original Ref 7922, and so this new model shares many of its same characteristics. That means a cleaner bezel, with no hash marks for the first fifteen seconds and no red triangle at 12 o’clock. The brand has also introduced a new crown design on this model as well as a new profile for the grip-edge of the bezel. The slightly-domed black dial features a gilt effect – in keeping with the vintage theme – and displays the time only via the central luminous Snowflake hands. Behind the dial (and protected by a solid caseback) is Tudor’s in-house MT5400 movement. This self-winding chronometer is COSC-certified and delivers 70 hours of power reserve. Best of all, in spite of the smaller and thinner case, water resistance remains unchanged at 200m.
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Since it’s introduction five years ago, the Tudor Black Bay GMT has been a strong seller for the brand, offering great functionality and style at an accessible price point. In 2023, Tudor gives its globe-trotting watch a subtle update with the introduction of a silvery-opaline dial – often referred to as “polar white” by collectors – paired with a matte burgundy and blue rotating bezel. The combination is incredibly eye-catching whilst still retaining the model’s trademark legibility. The red GMT hand in particular pops against the silvery-opaline background, while the colour matched date wheel blends seamlessly. Presented in a 41mm stainless steel case, the Tudor Black Bay GMT is rated water resistant to 200m and is powered by the automatic, COSC-certified Calibre MT5652.
Tudor Black Bay 31/36/39/41
Perhaps the sleeper hit of Tudor’s 2023 novelties is the suite of updates the brand’s made to its core Black Bay collection, which extend across all case sizes (31mm, 36mm, 39mm and 41mm). For a start, the entire range is now powered by COSC-certified in-house movements (meaning they deliver chronometric accuracy). These new models come with sunray dials available in three colours: blue, anthracite (black with gilt indices), and light champagne. Keeping the Black Bay on your wrist is a five-link bracelet in 316L steel, fitted – for the first time – with Tudor’s “T-fit” rapid adjustment system for on-the-fly size changes. Easy to use, requiring no tools and offering five positions, this practical system allows the wearer to carry out a fine, instant adjustment of up to 8mm on the clasp. Making the new Tudor Black Bay a very appealing choice as an everyday wearer available in a range of case sizes to suit any wrist.
The New Tudor Black Bay
Launched in 2012, this is the original Black Bay that started it all. But while the burgundy bezel and black gilt dial might be familiar, a lot of other things have changed with this third evolution of the Black Bay. The big callout is the introduction of the Manufacture Calibre MT5602-U, a self-winding movement that has been certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS, the Federal Institute of Metrology. This comprehensive certification process covers the main functional characteristics of a watch including precision, resistance to magnetic fields, waterproofness and power reserve, and is recognised as one of the highest standards in the industry. This new version of the Black Bay comes fitted with either an entirely satin-brushed three-link steel bracelet or a five-oval-shaped-link brushed and polished steel bracelet, both complete with the TUDOR “T-fit” clasp equipped with a system for rapid length adjustment. It’s hard to believe but somehow how this quintessential dive watch just keeps getting better.
Last but certainly not least on our list is the two new radial-brushed dial colours for the Tudor Royal, one a warm chocolate, the other a sought-after salmon. The former is offered in a steel case paired with a notched bezel in yellow gold, and an integrated bracelet in steel and yellow gold. The latter is offered in full steel, and both are available in four case sizes (28mm, 34mm, 38mm and 41mm). The dials now feature applied Roman numeral hour markers or a combination of applied numerals and eight diamond-set hour markers, depending on which version you choose.
Discover Now at Watches Of Switzerland
Tudor’s novelties for 2023 are available to view now at Watches of Switzerland. Please contact us today to make an appointment to view the collection, or alternatively sign up to our mailing list to be among the first to know when the new models are arriving in store and online.