Finally, it's here!
In a move that should surprise literally no one, today Tudor announced the latest watch you’re going to be sat on the waiting list for, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue.
When the 58 was released back in 2018 it didn’t take long for people to start imagining what the watch would look like in the traditional Black Bay colours of red and blue. See the Black Bay 41 here for an idea on this. Even the idea of a steel bezel 58 was floated around the Tudor community (something I’d love to see by the way Tudor…). It was mutually understood that inevitably Tudor would go ahead and make the 58 in more colours, so we all sat patiently for Baselworld 2019 to come around.
Fast forward to March 2019 and by this time the 58 had become hot property, after one year it still wasn’t something that seemed readily available depending on where you look. As the curtains dropped on the Tudor booth at Baselworld a confused atmosphere began to spread as we didn’t see a blue, red or even a green 58 cased Black Bay. Instead, the P01 stared back at us, a polarising watch for many.
The demand for the Black Bay 58 grew and matured, as this reduced sized Black Bay became ever more desirable by the month. Which leads us to today, where an original 58 on a bracelet starts on the second-hand market around £3,200 and Tudor decide now is the time to drop a desirable blue model…
The Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue - What is new?
So apart from a new colour scheme what is new? Well, the colour scheme is pretty much it actually. The bezel remains an anodised aluminium however a matt blue with silver markings and numerals more appropriately appears. Excluding the smooth bezel Black Bay models that are closer to an explorer watch than a conventional diver, this is the first time we’ve seen a blue dial on a Tudor Black Bay. The Black Bay as a model is a nod to Tudor's divers over the years and it feels like the addition of blue is an even bigger callback. As the name suggests it’s a sporty, bright navy blue with the same subtle grained texture from the OG 58. Matching the bezel the seconds track and all text on the dial of the watch is also finished in silver, giving off a cool sleek, modern look.
The Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue Stats:
Case width: 39mm
Movement: In-house manufacture calibre MT5402
Dial: Navy blue grained
Bezel: Blue anodised aluminium
Water resistance: 200m
Functions: hours, minutes and seconds
Strap: bracelet, nylon or leather option
Availability: Now through authorised dealers
Price: Starting from £2,520
Some Personal Thoughts
Back in 2018, I said if Tudor released a blue model of the 58 I’d get one. Back in February 2019, I said the main feature I wanted to see on the 58 was more colours. And in 2020 I and many others now have what we want. As we’ve spoken about this watch plenty of times over the years you all know how much we love this watch. The biggest aspect of this piece I’m pleased about is actually the blue dial. I’ve always felt the Tudor Pelagos was an incredible watch both in its looks but also its dial construction. So to see a slice of the Pelagos be carried over into this new 58 is incredible. The original 58 always felt a little more formal than sporty which was mainly down to the black and gilt colour scheme, so this new pop of colour really highlights the sporty side of the Black Bay acting as a nice call back to Tudor's history with blue sports watches. And it really is a pop, the blue dial really jumps out. We might find in person this watch loses a few versatility points, but when it looks this good, who really cares?
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