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The Tudor Black Bay 54 Takes Things Back To The Brand’s First-Ever Dive Watch

Tudor goes oldschool with a new and more compact take on the popular Black Bay range.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

There’s no doubt the Black Bay collection is Tudor’s biggest success, and a true bread-and-butter range for the brand. It started in 2012 with the Black Bay 79220R and 11 years later the shine of the Black Bay doesn’t seem to fade. New to the range for 2023 is the introduction of a Black Bay that is very close to Tudor’s very first dive watch, and is aptly named the Tudor Black Bay 54.

Tudor brings a new case size to the Black Bay collection, as the new Black Bay 54 shrinks down to 37mm in size. The steel case falls in line with the overall design of the range, with a mostly brushed finish. The rotating bezel is fitted with an aluminium insert in black, which now lacks a minute graduation to tie it in with the 1954 original. On top there is a sapphire crystal, with a solid caseback around the back. It respects the 200m water resistance of its bigger brothers, which is good.

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The dial of the Black Bay 54 is slightly domed and finished in black. On the outer perimeter there is the familair gilt printed minute track. The applied indices and hands are nothing groundbreaking new, with a snowflake design for the hours and a sword-shaped design for the minutes. The lollipop seconds hand is also there, and everything is finished with Super-LumiNova. And as you can see, there’s no date indication.

Inside the pleasently sized we find the familiar MT5400 movement, made in-house. This COSC-certified automatic movement runs at a rate of 28,800vph, and offers a very welcome 70 hours of power reserve. It’s hidden from view by a closed caseback, just as the other Black Bay models.

The new Tudor Black Bay 54 79000N comes on a riveted stainless steel bracelet with the brand’s T-Fit micro-adjustable folding clasp. There’s also the option for a black rubber bracelet, fitted with steel endlinks and again the T-fit clasp. It retails for CHF 3,450 on rubber, or CHF 3,650 on the bracelet.

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