Following the publication a few days ago of our Rolex 2019 Predictions, we keep the tradition alive and now take a closer look at sister company Tudor. We’ve done it already in the past, with our predictions in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and in 2018 – some were pretty accurate, some not so much. This year, however, we had (unintentional) help from Tudor itself, thanks to a teaser on its Instagram feed – and, you know us, that gave us some ideas about what Tudor might be unveiling at Baselworld 2019… Did we hear an OysterDate Submariner 79090 revival?
A recent post on Tudor’s Instagram feed, revealing a close-up of a triangular-shaped marker at 9 o’clock followed by the words What’s next? Just two months to go to Baselworld for more #TudorWatch #Baselworld2019, really got us thinking. See the post in question below:
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Looking at past models by Tudor, there are few watches that sport a triangular index at 9 o’clock. In fact, one immediately came to our minds; the Tudor Prince OsyterDate Submariner ref. 79090, a watch produced by the brand in 1989. Basically, we’re looking at a 39mm Tudor-branded Submariner, with 200m water-resistance, a black or blue dial with matching bezel, painted indexes (not applied), a “Mercedes” hour hand and primarily, a date window under a cyclops. See two examples of the ref. 79090 below:
Bearing this in mind, we expect Tudor to reintroduce the Submariner Date in the collection, not as a true re-edition but as a watch with some elements inspired by the ref. 79090. Knowing that Rolex offers a date version of the Submariner and that Tudor has only two (and rather specific) Black Bay models with date – the Steel and the Two-Tone – we believe this could be a natural evolution of the collection.
Tudor Baselworld 2019 – The Black Bay Date
PS credits to @watchkenneth for giving us the initial idea of this OysterDate Submariner revival, which he named the Tudor Black Bay Eighty Nine (cool name indeed…)
Our Tudor Baselworld 2019 Black Bay Date is slightly different from the standard, no date Black Bay ref. 79230. While the case and the bezel could be retained, we expect some drastic changes dial-side. As for the movement, no evolution, as this new Baselworld 2019 version should be equipped with the in-house MT5612 calibre – the same as the Black Bay Steel.
What changes can be expected? Well, first of all, the indexes and hands will be different. The indexes will be triangles at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock with dots for the other hours. Indexes would no longer be applied but painted, for a cleaner look – as seen on the Instagram post. The hour hand would also be classically shaped with a “Mercedes” tip, something inspired by the OysterDate Submariner 79090.
The main evolution, of course, concerns the addition of a date and a cyclops over it – something that is very Rolex indeed, but Tudor admitted during Baselworld 2018 that there will be more references to Rolex in its future watches. In addition to that, it isn’t the first time that Tudor uses a magnifier over the date. Last but not least, the minute markers would be different too, with simple, elongated batons instead of a railroad track.
Being part of the Tudor Black Bay family, we also expect Tudor to launch this new date version of the Black Bay in the three signature colours – Black, Burgundy and Blue, as seen in our mock-ups above.
Note: this article is based on our own Photoshop mock-ups, nothing has been provided officially from Tudor. These are predictions, based on our imagination and expectations. All images are under license of MONOCHROME and should not be used without agreement or copyright (©Monochrome-Watches, 2019).
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