Quick Overview Of The New Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Collection From Watches & Wonders 2021
Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the releases from the Watches & Wonders 2021. Our coverage is going to be split into 3 categories: deep-dive hands-on, shorter Gut Reaction Reviews (Grr…), and nut-shell previews. This is the Quick Overview of the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Collection. For our other detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here.
The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Collection charms as a complete package, that offers:
- a slimmer wrist-friendly 39mm case diameter
- precious materials for those who would like to venture beyond steel and bronze
- strap options
- different dial executions – the BB58 925 has a domed dial in matt frosted taupe with applied hour markers, and the BB58 18K has a «golden-green» matt tone dial with applied hour markers in 18 ct. yellow gold
- Entirely satin-finished for a matt effect case execution for both versions to present bling without snobbery
- 70-hour power reserve
- Despite COSC-certification, -2 and +4 seconds variation in its running when it is completely assembled
- Thankfully retains the iconic snowflake hands
- Personally love the inclusion of the open case-back despite it not feat. an exceptionally finished movement
- Keeps the use of the 925 silver or 18k yellow gold materials the same, so the case, strap buckle, bezel and crown feature the same uniform material
- Most importantly, the Tudor Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 915 and 18K are still robust tool-watches but have been cloaked with different attire
Both versions feature the same movement, the Manufacture Calibre MT540, which is based on the calibre MT5402 of the existing Tudor BB58 39mm watches.
There are a couple of differences to note, including the price points between last year’s BB58 Navy and this year’s BB58 925 ref. 79010SG.
BB58 Navy: The reference 79030B retails for only $4’580 AUD and features a COSC-certified manufacture movement, the calibre MT5402. This 26mm diameter and 4.99mm thick movement features a variable inertia balance, a non-magnetic silicon balance spring, an open-worked (with satin-brushed and sand-blasted details) tungsten monobloc rotor, and bridges and mainplate with alternate sand-blasted, polished surfaces and laser decorations. It beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h), comprises of 27 jewels, and offers an impressive 70-hour power reserve.
BB58 925: The reference 79010SG retails for $5’880 AUD — 1’300 AUD more — and features a COSC-certified manufacture movement, the calibre MT5400. This larger 30.3mm diameter and 5mm thick movement features a variable inertia balance, a non-magnetic silicon balance spring, and the same materials and decoration on the rotor. It beats at the same frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h), comprises of the same 27 jewels, and offers the same impressive 70-hour power reserve.
BB58 18K: The reference 79018V retails for 22’880 AUD features the same movement specs as the BB58 925.
The watches are obviously 200m water-resistant and come with a five-year transferable guarantee with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required.
That’s All Folks!
Out of the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Collection, the BB58 925 is my favourite. The Sterling silver model is made from a secret alloy that shouldn’t develop an unsightly patina given its composition is stable and won’t change. The retention of the same coloured dial and bezel acts as a unifying feature of the collection.
As the brand says, the new versions are bold modern and chic.
Check out our more detailed hands-on review here. To find out more about the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Collection and Tudor watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are Courtesy ©TUDOR. All Rights Reserved. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2021 releases here.