Pictures had already been released on the Web last week, but Rolex’es sister company Tudor is officially introducing the Heritage Black Bay now. The 41 mm timepiece is a new nautical watch inspired by a model from 1954, contemporary to the legendary Turn-o-graph that preceded the iconic Submariner.
This makes it the third piece in Tudor’s recent Heritage collection, alongside last year’s chronograph and an alarm watch.
I was going to mention how this watch could enable Tudor to kill 2 birds with one stone: by capitalizing on the high interest in vintage Rolex and Tudor diver’s watches at an entry-price, but to my surprise the price is announced between CHF 3000 and CHF 4000… which no longer qualifies it as “entry-price”. Reasons for the high price tag are the domed sapphire crystal and the “snowflake” hands in 18kt pink gold.
Still, the watch looks like a 1950’s timepieces that would have crossed decades without ageing. No information on the movement, but based on the 38 hours of power reserve, I am guessing that it is a variant of the ETA 2824-2.
The watch will be available as a set with a black canvas strap and either a steel bracelet or an aged brown leather strap.