Three years ago Tudor launched the Black Bay Bronze, which featured a dark brown dial. This was followed up with a bronze pièce unique for the ONLY WATCH auction of 2017, and the rather attractive Bucherer Black Bay Bronze Blue edition, which is perhaps the one most relevant to this latest model.
For 2019 the Black Bay Bronze is back in slate grey, with an anodised aluminum bezel insert. It may be grey and not the dark blue of the Bucherer, but they are similar enough that if you missed out on the Bucherer, this is a more than adequate substitute.
With a model number of Ref. 79250BA, the ‘Slate Grey’ has the same 43mm case made from an Aluminium bronze alloy. Inside the satin-finished case is the automatic Tudor COSC-certified Calibre MT5601. Its openwork rotor has satin-brushed and sandblasted finishing on its surfaces. It beats at 28,800VPH (4Hz) and has a power reserve of seventy hours. The case back is bronze-coloured PVD-treated stainless steel, and water resistance is 200m.
The slate grey dial is discreetly shaded from the centre outwards, and the bezel’s markers are matched to the gold accents of the ‘snowflake’ hands and hour markers. Colour-matching continues onto the strap, with a grey woven strap with a gold stripe (and bronze buckle) one of the two options. The other option is a black nubuck leather strap.
The Australian RRP is $5,100, the Swiss price is 3,850 CHF (including taxes), and it is 2,910 GBP (including VAT) in the U.K.