First Look – Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 (Hands-On with Price)
Last year, Tudor Watch surprised us (and by that I mean a very pleasant surprise) with a small, super clean and properly elegant watch: the Black Bay 36. We reviewed it, even our vintage guy tested it… and we loved it. This year, this same stunning look, clean and inspired, comes back in a more masculine diameter. Meet the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540, same but different.
Basically, this Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 takes the recipe of last year’s 36mm and adapts it in the classical masculine Tudor case, meaning 41mm. This watch has a slightly different taste than the usual Black Bay. The lack of the rotating bezel actually sets the watch in a different category. No more tool, not yet dress watch… it is the perfect definition of a casual, elegant sports watch. No useless features, just the essential, but yet a great presence on the wrist, already in 36mm. This year, the increased size brings the concept to men.
With this Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540, we have basically the look and feel of the Black Bay, still with a different taste. While the hands and indexes are equal to the diver models, meaning the combination of dots, batons and triangle, combined with the iconic snowflake hands, the dial is different. First of all, it is flat. Then, main change: it is glossy, meaning that the watch acts totally differently in the light: it shines, it reflects light, it plays with reflections… It has a different feel on the wrist, just because of this glossy color. More elegant, a bit more visible, more adapted to a casual chic attire.
Now, there’s the case. The flat and polished bezel also changes the perception of the watch, the proportions and the way it wears, as the watch feels less compact – the diameter of the dial is larger than a classical Black Bay Diver. This makes the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 more understated. Then, because of the absence of rotating bezel and the slightly decreased water resistance (150m vs. 200m), the watch is slimmer, which befits the concept behind this watch.
The rest of the case in this Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 remains identical to the rest of the collection, with superb details (polished bevels on the lugs, polished and brushed surfaces, oversized crown) and overall impressive construction quality.
Inside the case, no manufacture movement but still the good old 2824-based calibre. This is explained by a wish to keep this watch, wether 36mm or 41mm, as an entry-level offer in the Black Bay collection. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 will be available in two versions: on leather strap (CHF 2,500) on steel bracelet (CHF 2,800). Both are delivered with a camo-style textile strap.
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540 will be available in April 2017 in stores. More details on www.tudorwatch.com.
Thanks for the quick review.
Do you know lug size and the thickness of the case?
All those metal surfaces and the almost sterile dial make it look too austere.
That’s what I like about it. Austere. Elegant. Simple.
Do you think it would be better if it was brushed instead of polished? The latter feels almost too obvious on the wrist for the nature of the watch? Why does a tool watch need to be polished?