Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G In A Nutshell
We recently did our speculative mock-ups of what we would like to see from Tudor in 2022. And while we didn’t have an exact copy of this new release, we did speculate a Root-beer-esque variant. And as much as we wanted it in the BB58 dimensions, we would still embrace the new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G with open arms, simply because it is a downright stunner.
My first reaction to the new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G was wondering if it works in its new state of a black dial framed by a 48-notch bidirectional rotating bezel in yellow gold with 24-hours graduated matt brown and black anodised aluminium disc. But the more I looked at the press images, the more I am enamoured by that shade of matt brown, and its rendezvous with golden hues. A bit reminiscent of last year’s BB58 Bronze Boutique Edition, it is perhaps the ideal mix of the existing BB range colours.
Umm, it’s for those who love the Rolex version but sadly can’t access it. Or one could say it’s for those who genuinely love the gold and steel combination, that gives the new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G a classy vibe which ever so slightly leans on the dressy side but always remains true to its true tool watch nature.
The new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G features a 200m water-resistant 41mm diameter and 14.6mm thick stainless steel case with a lug-to-lug spacing of 49.6mm and interhorn spacing of 22mm. The case also features a yellow gold screw-down crown, with the TUDOR rose in relief, with circular satin-brushed steel winding crown tube.
Retailing from 5’850 AUD, the non-limited edition is announced today on 30 March 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
Inside the new Tudor Black Bay GMT S&G reference M79833MN ticks the same movement as that in the existing BB GMT.
It features the COSC-certified manufacture movement, the calibre MT5652, the date and GMT version of the MT5602 that is found in the regular Tudor Black Bay (41mm). This MT5652 features the same diameter of 31.8mm but gains in thickness by about a 1mm, coming in at 7.52mm. It also increases the jewels to 28. The rest such as the variable inertia balance, a non-magnetic silicon balance spring, and frequency of 4Hz (28’800 A/h), all remain the same. Even though you can’t see it, the calibre MT5652 features a satin-brushed openwork rotor with sand-blasted details and its bridges and mainplate have alternate polished sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations.
The new Black Bay GMT S&G watch offers an impressive 70-hour power reserve, a bidirectional rotatable 48 notches bezel in steel with 24-hour graduated anodised aluminium disc in matt burgundy and blue, and a very decent for a travelling watch 200m (20 ATM) water-resistance.
To find out more about the new Black Bay GMT S&G and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy are ©TUDOR. All Rights Reserved. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.