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The new Tudor Black Bay Pro

A new GMT variation of the Black Bay with a fixed steel bezel and new manufacture calibre.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

The Black Bay has been an immense success for Tudor, with countless iterations since it was first launched in 2012. What started as a handsome retro-diver morphed into much, much more. We now have multiple complications, Master Chronometer certification and a range of different materials to choose from. Tudor now moves the Black Bay more in the direction of a professional tool watch with its new Black Bay Pro. It retains its vintage appeal but combines it with a new manufacture movement, a fixed 24-hour bezel and a practical GMT indication.

The Black Bay Pro has a 39mm wide stainless steel case with brushed and polished finishings. So far, nothing spectacular or groundbreaking, but then you get to the bezel. While there is already a GMT version of the Black Bay in the collection, this Black Bay Pro changes things up a bit. On top of the case is a fixed steel bezel with a black-filled 24-hour scale. This closely resembles the design of the first-ever Rolex Explorer II, ref. 1655 from the early 1970s.

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The dial is domed and lacquered in black. Once again, we see the familiar combination of applied roundels and triangles, but they are now made of monoblock ceramic. These are paired with snowflake and sword-shaped hands. For the Black Bay Pro, Tudor opted for a light beige colour palette for both indices and hands. The central 24-hour hand rotates once per day and is finished in bright yellow. On the right-hand side of the dial is a window for the instantaneous jumping date display.

Inside the Tudor Black Bay Pro, there’s the new manufacture automatic calibre MT5652. This is based on the MT5400’s architecture but adds a new level of complexity. It runs at a rate of 28,800vph and provides a good 70 hours of power reserve. This new movement has an integrated GMT function that allows you to jump the central hour hand (for local time) forward or backwards in one-hour increments through the crown. When running, the local central hour hand jumps on the full hour. The date is coupled to jump forward or backwards in accordance with the local hour hand.

The new Tudor Black Bay Pro comes on a choice of three straps. First, there’s the riveted steel bracelet with a folding clasp. Second, there’s a hybrid fabric and rubber strap with a folding buckle, and lastly, you can opt for a black fabric strap with a yellow stripe and a pin buckle. The watch retails for EUR 3,480 on the fabric or hybrid fabric/rubber strap and EUR 3,770 on the steel bracelet.

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6 responses

  1. Finally a smaller Black Bay with a date! Any word on thickness yet?

  2. There’s a reason there are no side profile shots. 14.6mm thick!!!

  3. I would’ve happy forked over $4,000 for this watch but, almost 15mm thick?!? Why??


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