Tudor Black Bay 41mm Review
Buckle up as we do a detailed review of the Tudor Black Bay 41mm.
It looks and feels like a proper dive watch. However, its water resistance rating of just 200m/660ft only makes it suitable for some light snorkeling, swimming or showering (in cold water only). Most people that are diving professionally wouldn’t consider the Black Bay as a viable option there are many other watches that have the same dive watch look and feel but also offer the type of water resistance needed for the adventure.
The Tudor Black Bay 41mm is something else, and now that we got the only so-called “let down” out of the way. Let’s look at the many reasons that this is an amazing watch. In case you weren’t aware, Tudor is owned by Rolex or the other way around actually so you better expect quality. This is also most likely why you can see stylistic resemblances between the two brands. The sharing doesn’t end with the aesthetics. In fact, Tudor uses some great in-house movements and the Black Bay 41mm has an excellent one at that.
As for the larger sized case, the 41mm case was in high demand with the growing trend of larger watch designs for men and women. The new 41mm version is a huge improvement from the previous 36mm Tudor Black Bay which ran on an ETA 2824 automatic movement. While the 2824 caliber was reliable it was limited to a 38-hour power reserve.
The Tudor Black Bay 41 is powered by Tudor’s caliber MT5612: a 26-jewel movement that uses some high-end components in it such as a silicon balance spring to fight magnetic interference and incorporates a variable inertia oscillator to keep the time more accurately.
This manufacture movement is a COSC certified Chronometer and has an impressive power reserve of about 70 hours and oscillates at a rate of 28,800 VPH (vibrations per hour).
The 41mm case uses a combination of a brushed finishing on the lugs and top of the case and case back, and polished finishing on the side of the case and crown. The crown has an engraving of the Tudor rose and has a crown tube that uses the accent color of the design. The watch below shows it in the same crimson red as the bezel.
The unidirectional rotating bezel features a luminous dot at the start position of the aluminum bezel ring.
There are a variety of models in the Black Bay 41mm series with different color and material options. Some models have stainless steel bracelets, some have two-tone bracelets, while others have leather straps or fabric (NATO) straps.
The case and dials of the various models offer subtle but tasteful differences in color and material. There are models that use red bezels, black bezels, and some with blue bezels.
Considering the success of this series, Tudor will most likely introduce other colors in the future as they’ve done in the past.
The dial layout is very distinctive. It uses a combination of round and index hour markers which contain a luminous material for low light visibility. The 12 o’clock hour marker is shaped like a downward elongated triangle. Around the perimeter of the dial, you will notice a printed minutes and seconds track.
The Tudor Black Bay 41mm uses polished hands. The signature snowflake style hour hand holds lots of luminescent material making it very visible in the dark.
One last noticeable thing about this watch is the buckle used on the NATO straps. It has an exquisite brushed finish and a double grooved shaped clasp to match the top of the Tudor logo (see below). As with a great design, the devil is in the details.
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