Tudor’s Black Bay 32/ 36/ 41 collection has a new look in blue. The Black Bay 36 first appeared in 2016 and was joined the following year by the Black Bay 41. This year, the pair becomes a trio with the introduction of the more petite Black Bay 32. Originally only available with a black dial, blue lacquered dials for all three variants are also new for 2018.
The popular collection can be thought of as the minimalist option from the Black Bay family – being the only one not to feature a rotating bezel. It boasts a certain sporty elegance that lends itself to more formal settings, whilst still remaining perfectly suited to more casual scenarios.
The Black Bay range has quickly gained popularity thanks to its modern interpretation of 60 years of Tudor dive watch history. The Black Bay 32/ 36/ 41 collection takes that winning formula and reworks it for a more formal look.
The middle case has been redesigned and slimmed down – allowing the wristwatch to slide under a shirt cuff more easily. This intention can also be seen in the choice of a flat sapphire crystal. (The standard BB uses a domed-shape glass.) The crystal sits flush with the fixed steel bezel, which is polished for a smooth finish.
The user-orientated combination makes for a cleaner sports watch with a stylish allure. And the spectrum of dimensions means this Black Bay model is accessible to everyone. All three variants are virtually identical, including the movement used. It just comes down to finding the right size for you.
Arguably the most popular of the trio, the Black Bay 41 features a 41mm steel case with polished and satin finish. The steel screw-down winding crown is reminiscent of the first of its kind introduced by Tudor. It featured on the 1958 Oyster Prince Submariner, reference 7924 (known to collectors as “Big Crown”). The Black Bay 41 is waterproof to 150m/ 15 bar/ 500 ft (as are the other two variants).
Signature luminescent hour markers stand out against the meticulously lacquered blue dial. The new colour captures the light in a spectrum from vivid electric blue to almost black. Sweeping over just above are the iconic snowflake hands (that first appeared in the 1969 catalogue). The contrast of white lume on the dark dial ensures legibility in all conditions.
The movement used is the self-winding mechanical Calibre 2824, offering a 38-hour power reserve. The Black Bay 41 is available on a steel bracelet with satin finish, brown leather strap with steel folding clasp and safety catch, or black fabric strap (a signature feature of Tudor’s Heritage line). Starting from $3,160.
The Black Bay 36 shares all the same features as the Black Bay 41 but is the true heritage-sized option. This lighter model has been very well received (you really need to try one on to appreciate its allure), hence the model morphing into a collection. The 36mm case is suitable for men and women, making it a great watch to share with your significant other. The Black Bay 36 comes on the same bands offered with the larger variant. An additional vintage-inspired beige leather strap introduces a fourth option. Starting from $3,020.
The latest edition offers a more feminine-sized case for women. The Black Bay 32 equips ladies with the sophistication of a tool watch and a mechanical movement. This mini-Black Bay finds the balance between sporty and chic to serve as an everyday companion to the slender wrist. The Black Bay 32 comes on the steel bracelet, beige leather strap or black fabric strap. Starting from $2,900.
The Black Bay 32/ 36/ 41 collection scores well across the board. There’s the important blend of Tudor heritage, wrapped in an understated package for a more formal look. The size selection means there’s a wristwatch for both him and her, as well as for the vintage enthusiast. Add in two dial colours and several strap options and it really is hard to pass up. To get one on your wrist please contact us at WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND.