TUDOR Black Bay Chrono

TUDOR Black Bay Chrono

This year TUDOR re-proposes the Black Bay Chrono model

in steel to honor the first 50 years of

its chronographs, presenting a reworked case

and two dials with contrasting counters (this type of chronograph is commonly called “panda”).

I tell you right away that I found the chrono beautiful,

having had the opportunity to see it at the Rolex headquarters first

and then try it on the wrist at the Luigi Verga Watchmaker in Milan.

Since the presentation of its first chronograph in 1970,

the Oysterdate model, TUDOR has produced watches

related to the world of motors.

Likewise, TUDOR has constantly improved its underwater models since

The Black Bay Chrono model brings these two traditions

together in a sporty chronograph intended for enthusiasts,

with counters in stark contrast to the dial

and a high-performance Manufacture automatic movement,

column wheel and vertical clutch. Let’s see some of the main features.


the 41 mm diameter case in 316L stainless steel with satin and polished finish,

fixed 316L stainless steel bezel,

black anodized aluminum disc and tachymeter scale.

The dial is opaque black or opal domed,

with two concave and circular counters in a contrasting color

(the contrast improves and legibility by a lot).

The hands are the “Snowflake”,

distinctive of TUDOR diving watches since 1969,

with Swiss Super-LumiNova® phosphorescent coating.

The Black Bay Chrono, in fact,

is water resistant to 200 meters.

The watch is powered by a TUDOR MT5813 Manufacture chronograph movement,

certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Control),

with silicon balance spring, 70-hour autonomy, column wheel and vertical clutch.replica rolex

Its one-piece tungsten rotor is exposed and satin-finished with sandblasted details,

while the bridges

and plate have alternating sandblasted

and polished surfaces and laser decorations.

Its performance exceeds the standards defined by the COSC: this independent body,

in fact, admits

an average variation of -4 and +6 seconds

in the daily running of a watch with respect to the absolute time in a single movement,

TUDOR requires its movements to vary between -2 and +4 seconds in the fully assembled watch.

The design of the stainless steel pushers is inspired by the first generation of TUDOR chronographs.

The fixed stainless steel bezel with black anodized aluminum disc

and tachymeter scale completes the extraordinary aesthetics of this new sports chronograph.

But the news does not end here! The chronographs,

in fact,

are offered with three straps to choose from: in black jacquard fabric,

in aged black leather or in riveted fake watches

Let’s start by looking at the fabric strap,

one of the distinctive features of TUDOR,

which in 2010 was among the first watch brands to include it

among the options available for its timepieces.

Made on the nineteenth-century Jacquard looms of the Julien Faure company,

in the French region of St-Etienne,

it is unique for the quality of the workmanship and wearability.

In 2020 TUDOR and Julien Faure, a family-owned company with 150 years of experience,

celebrated ten years of a collaboration that began with the presentation of the Heritage Chrono at Baselworld 2010,

the first model to feature a fabric strap.

created by the French manufacture.

A second option is the stainless steel bracelet inspired

by the riveted folding models produced by TUDOR in the 1950s and 1960s.

Those bracelets became famous for the attachment rivets of the links

visible on the sides of the bracelet and for the characteristic tapered shape.

Today these two aesthetic details have been integrated into the new model,

which however is made with modern full-mesh

manufacturing methods.


in homage to the motor racing of the 1970s,

the Black Bay Chrono could not fail to offer a third option: an aged black leather cuff strap with ecru stitching and folding clasp.

Two more words on the movement.

Developed from the Breitling Manufacture Chronograph Caliber 01,

with a high-precision regulating organ developed by TUDOR and with exclusive finishes,

this movement is the result of a long-lasting collaboration between the two brands,

who have decided to combine their respective design skills.

and production of some mechanical movements.

Finally, the warranty is five years,

transferable and without registration or mandatory revisions

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