The Tudor Black Bay, the complete guide and the price list 2020
Most people usually discuss Rolex and its 2020 new price list, since its professional line of watches is the most coveted. What about Rolex Group's sister brand, Tudor, instead? There are a few pieces of news about the brand, in this regard. For your further information, Tudor updated its price list too, with mark-ups in between 5% and 10%, depending on the collections. Also, there's a remarkable piece of news for those who equally buy a new one or own a Tudor already, and concerns the product's warranty. Let's find out, before exploring the Tudor Black Bay's updated price list.
Tudor has extended the warranty on all watches bought in 2020 to five years. And more.
Tudor has extended the warranty to five years on all new purchases, thus placing itself on par with Rolex and other premium luxury brands. By doing so, the Swiss brand sets itself apart from its competitors, from a value proposition point of view. Strangely, a few media have covered such a consumer-oriented topic.
In our opinion, this strategy adds value to new and current customers since the warranty extension also includes those Tudor watches purchased between July 2018 and July 2020, who will see their guarantee extend for additional 18 months. Yes, that's right! If you bought a Pelagos in July 2018, for example, your international product warranty would not expire in July 2020, but in January 2022. As a consequence, it will ensure increased second-hand value to your Tudor watch.
The Tudor Black Bay: the origins of Tudor Black Bay
The Black Bay is rooted in the brand's history and is the top-selling collection. It represents Tudor's legacy in making professional diving watches. The Swiss brand began producing the first diving watches in 1954, by introducing the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7922, up to 100 meters water-resistant timepiece. In 1958, the reference 7924 came out, raising water resistance to 200 meters. Between them, Tudor released the reference 7923, hence the only Tudor Submariner ever powered by a hand-wound movement, the ETA 1188 caliber. Reference 7924 is nicknamed "Big Crown," given its grown crown's size, a more robust case along with plexiglass, whose thickness increased to withstand greater depths. Reference 7924 came with the Rolex-signed Oyster bracelet reference 7206. In 1959, Tudor introduced reference 7928 featuring crown protectors and increased case thickness. The so-called Oyster Prince Submariner "Square Crown Guards," has grown to 39mm, across, from the original 37mm.
The Tudor Black Bay: options and price list
The current Black Bay collection is, as said, Tudor's mainstream collection and is incredibly broad. It offers a few complications and comes with different case sizes and material options: you can opt for the time only (either in steel or bronze), the GMT, or the chronograph; last but not least, is available as a steel and gold variant too. Please find the entire diving watch Black Bay range sorted, as usual, by price:
- Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight - entry-level price: Euros 3200
- Tudor Black Bay - entry-level price: Euros 3310
- Tudor Black Bay Steel - entry-level price: Euros 3410
- Tudor Black Bay GMT - price: Euros 3560
- Tudor Black Bay P01 - price: Euros 3810
- Tudor Black Bay Acciaio ed Oro - price: Euros 3810
- Tudor Black Bay Bronze - price: Euros 3960
- Tudor Black Bay Dark - price: Euros 4110
- Tudor Black Bay Chrono - entry-level price: Euros 4660
- Tudor Black Bay Chrono Acciaio ed Oro - entry-level price: Euros 5500
- Tudor Black Bay Chrono PVD - price: Euros 5800
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
The Fifty-Eight raised great success since it first appeared, and anticipated a market trend among classic vintage-inspired diving watches. It has a 39mm wide case, a nod to the original Tudor diving watches.
The Tudor Fifty-Eight comes in three product variants, on par with what Tudor is offering with the 41mm Black Bay.
The steel-on-steel reference M79030N-0001 retails for Euros 3500, hence Euros 110 less than the 41mm large case. The reference M79030N-0002 with leather strap and the M79030N-0003 with fabric strap both retail for Euros 3200.
The Tudor Black Bay
The 41mm Black Bay is available in three combinations of bezel and dial and ten options. The bezel of the Black Bay is crafted in black, red, or blue.
The Tudor Black Bay in steel reference M79230B-0009, M79230R-0012, and M79230B-0008 cost, each, Euros 3610. They are all pictured below:
Both options with leather or NATO strap in fabric and personalized pin buckle cost Euros 3310. Below are grouped all the variants sporting a leather strap:
In the following photo, instead, please find grouped the four versions featuring a fabric strap:
As you will notice, the red bezel Black Bay comes with two fabric options.
The Tudor Black Bay Steel
Introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Black Bay Steel is the full-steel Black Bay. Please read here our hands-on review.
It houses the same in-house MT5612 mechanical movement, but comes with brushed graduated bezel insert, in replacement of the original aluminum inlay:
There are currently three variants, one sporting a steel bracelet, i.e., the reference M79730-0006 retailing at Euros 3710, then the leather strap option reference M79730-0005, and finally the steel on fabric strap reference M79730-0004. The latter both retail at Euros 3410.
The Tudor Black Bay GMT
At Baselworld 2018, alongside the unveiling of the GMT Master 2 Pepsi, Tudor introduced the Black Bay GMT, which draws inspiration by the very first Rolex GMT, the iconic reference 6542, in our opinion, especially when it comes to tones and font adopted on the blue and red bezel.
The Black Bay GMT is equipped with the Tudor MT5652 manufacture movement, ensuring a 70 hours power reserve and COSC certification.
The Tudor Black Bay GMT reference M79830RB-0001 steel-on-steel retails for Euros 3860. The reference M79830RB-0002 on leather strap with folding clasp and Tudor logo retails for Euros 3560, as the reference M79830RB-0003 on fabric strap and pin buckle.
Tudor Black Bay P01
The P01 is a different option, preferably a flagship Black Bay, introduced at Baselworld 2019. Based on a prototype once developed for the US Navy, the Black Bay P01 has the crown placed at four o'clock and bidirectional rotating bezel, which can be locked in a chosen position through two hinged fasteners located at twelve and six, respectively.
It is exclusively available on a leather strap and folding clasp. The reference M70150-0001 is priced at Euros 3810:
Please read our in-depth, hands-on review on the Black Bay P01, if you're eager to discover more about this military-inspired multi-purpose Black Bay.
The Tudor Black Bay Steel and Gold
The Black Bay Steel and Gold or S&G, as Tudor names it, is the steel and gold version of the 41mm diameter Black Bay. Launched in 2017, it has been the main topic of a specific in-depth article.
There are currently two options, one with standard black dial and a new one with a champaign dial instead:
Again, Tudor offers three product variants, the reference M79733N-0004 with steel and gold bracelet retails for Euros 4960, the reference M79733N-0003 with a leather strap for Euros 3810 as much as the one offering fabric strap and pin buckle.
Regarding the options showcasing a black dial, the reference M79733N-0008 comes with steel and gold bracelet, the reference M79733N-0003 with a leather strap, and, finally, the reference M79733N-0006 with fabric strap. Prices are unchanged compared to the three options with champaign dial.
The Tudor Black Bay Bronze
The bronze-cased Black Bay currently listed is the last in a row of successful Tudor Black Bay Bronze watches, which also include some sought-after limited-edition options, like the one in blue crafted in partnership with the renowned Swiss boutique Bucherer. Please read our hands-on review of the 2016 Black Bay Bronze here.
Regarding the current one, instead, the reference M79250BA-0001 retails for Euros 3960 and comes with a black leather strap or a fabric strap.
The Tudor Black Bay Dark
The Black Bay Dark, we reviewed here, is a Black Bay whose case and bracelet have been blackened, via a PVD treatment.
Tudor offers three options of the Dark: the reference M79230DK-0008 with bracelet priced at Euros 4410, while the options with leather strap reference M79230DK-0007 and the reference M79230DK-0006 on fabric strap each cost Euros 4110.
In all its options, the Black Bay Dark costs more than 4000 Euros, thus retailing at a price which is higher than what you have to pay for a Black Bay GMT's entry price.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono
Tudor introduced the Black Bay chronograph at Baselworld 2017. The brand sourced the chronograph movement from Breitling, whose manufactured movement is one of the most refined industrially produced chronograph ones in the business. Once customized by Tudor, capable of ensuring 70 hours of maximum power reserve, the Tudor MT5813 movement is COSC certified, features a column-wheel mechanism, and a vertical clutch.
The Black Bay Chrono comes in three options, with a full-steel architecture as that's the case with the Black Bay Steel. It is a two-register chronograph with black dial and screwed-in Chrono buttons. Also, it is waterproof to 200m.
The reference M79350-0004 in full steel retails for Euros 4960, while the reference M79350-0005 on a leather strap and the reference M79350-0003 on fabric strap each cost Euros 4660.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold
At Baselworld 2019, Tudor introduced the steel and gold version of the Black Bay chronograph. This collection includes the most expensive Black Bay so far. In the steel and gold Black Bay chronograph, bezel, crown, and pushers are in yellow gold.
The option with the bracelet is the reference M79363N-0001 and retails for Euros 6650. The leather strap option offers an unexpected Bund leather strap, whose lower part can be easily removed. It is the reference M79363N-0002 and retails for Euros 5500 as reference M79363N-0003 with fabric strap.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono PVD.
Let's complete the Black Bay's users' guide and price list by talking the Tudor Black Bay Chrono PVD:
It is offered as a single option with a steel bracelet, as reference M79360DK-0001, retailed at Euros 5800.
For further information please visit www.tudorwatch.com
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Gaetano C @Horbiter®