The commercial success that is Tudor’s Black Bay/ BB58 is very likely to continue with the latest launch of the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925. The name is easy to work out – the 925 is a reference to its case metal and the Fifty-Eight is a reference to the year in which the first Tudor divers’ watch waterproof to 200m/ 660ft (Reference 7924) was introduced.
Not only is this new variant of the BB58 in a new metal, 925 (sterling) silver a first for Tudor, but also has an open case back. Traditionally, it is 92.5% silver (Ag), and 7.5% copper (Cu), but the composition of the alloy used by Tudor is a secret. Not only is the brushed and satin-finished 39mm-sized case 925 silver but the buckle attached to the fabric strap (which does obscure the open case back), is as well.
With a lovely matte effect, the silver case of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 is also handsomely matched to a taupe dial and matching bezel insert. In fact the unidirectional bezel is in 925 silver, with anodised aluminium and silver gilded markings and numerals. Like other models in the Black Bay range, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 has Snowflake hands. There is Super-LumiNova in the hands and applied markers.
The automatic COSC-certified Calibre MT5400, which powers the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 70 hours. Its tungsten monobloc rotor is openworked and satin-brushed with sand-blasted details. The bridges and main plate are a mix of sand-blasting, polishing, and laser work.
Water resistant to 200m, the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 comes on either a brown grain leather strap or a taupe fabric strap with a .925 silver buckle. The Australian RRP is AUD 5,880.
I am the owner of one of the first generation of the modern Black Bay Blues. When each new variant has been released subsequent to this model, I’ve looked at it and been quite content that for me, it’s the one I like best. This new BB58 925 is the first Black Bay since then for which I have thought well you know what? Had it been available at the same time, I may well have chosen this one instead.
[Photo credit: Tudor]