Tudor Introduces the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K


The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight hit the jackpot upon its release in 2018, with a winning combination of vintage styling and a trim case. Two years later, the watch was given a facelift in blue, 2020’s go-to color. And now, at Watches & Wonders 2021, Tudor has released two precious-metal variants, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 in sterling silver and the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K in solid yellow gold.

Initial Thoughts

If there is one thing that this year’s edition of Watches & Wonders has made abundantly clear, it is that green is here to stay. In the Fifty-Eight 18K, Tudor has opted for a dark green that complements the case metal. Stylistically, the two Fifty-Eight novelties are polar opposites of one another. The 925 is reserved and subtle, whereas the 18K is clearly the one with the greater visual impact.

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2021 novelty: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K in yellow gold

However, it is expensive, at USD 18,340. This represents a premium of nearly USD 15,000 over last year’s navy blue model for what is essentially the same watch in a different colorway and in a gold case. However, compared to the precious metal dive watches of Tudor’s sister company, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K remains a bargain, relatively speaking.

Green and Gold

The 39mm case of the Fifty-Eight 18K is entirely brushed, a prudent decision since sports watches in high polished gold can look overly flashy. The matt green dial as a fine granular texture and features gold hands, applied gold hour markers, and gold printing.

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The satin finish of the case also extends to the bevel running along the case flank

Matching the dial color, the aluminum bezel insert displays a broad variety of colors in the press pictures, ranging from forest green to black. The graduations on the bezel continue the green-on-gold theme.

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The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K comes with two straps: alligator leather and fabric

The in-house caliber MT5400 is visible through the sapphire caseback. Though the caliber is plainly finished in an industrial style, it is a compact movement that is upscale in terms of its features.

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Though it is smaller than Tudor’s other manufacture calibers, the MT5400 still boasts an industry-standard 70 hours of power reserve, a non-magnetic silicon hairspring, and a free-sprung balance wheel. Tudor rates the movement to run no worse than -2/+4 seconds per day.


Key facts and price

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K
Ref. 79018V

Diameter: 39 mm
Height: Unavailable
Material: 18k yellow gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 200m

Movement: Cal. MT5400
Functions: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 70 hours

Strap: Two straps are included, alligator leather and fabric, both with a buckle in yellow gold

Availability: To be Confirmed
Price: USD 18,340 or SGD 23,040

For more, visit Tudor.com.


 

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