Tudor celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first chronograph watches and, in honor of that occasion, relaunches the Black Bay chronograph with a reverse panda or panda dial with other discreet modifications, mainly on the bezel.
Since the chronograph Tudor Oysterdate it was introduced in 1970, the sports chronograph was important for the brand and the Black Bay collection is the testimony to this, as it satisfies many fans for design and price. No wonder, then, that new variants of the famous vintage-inspired Black Bay are released every year. Following the original concept with black dial, red bezel and ETA movements, there have been many iterations and evolutions. In-house movements, for example, or the slightly reduced BB58 collection and, of course, the chronograph Black Bay.
First introduced as a fully steel version, bezel included, with black dial and black sub-dials, the Black Bay Chrono has been updated several times. A steel version with black PVD treatment, a steel and gold model and now, finally, a version with the Panda dial. All new rounded dials for the Black Bay Chrono are available in matte black or matte white, with two secondary counters recessed in contrast to 3 and 9 o'clock and a date indication at 6 o'clock. The hands Snowflake, a distinctive feature of Tudor first introduced in 1969, are as always present to complete the legibility of the timepiece.
The steel case 41 mm wide has satin and glossy surfaces. The fixed steel bezel has a black anodized aluminum insert with tachymeter scale. The chronograph is operated with screw buttons at 2 and 4 o'0, with the screw crown in between. Under the elegant case and under the dial beats the caliber MT5813, an in-house chronograph movement, derived from the in-house chronograph caliber Breitling B01. Its construction includes a silicon barbell spring and a column wheel with vertical clutch. The power reserve is 70 hours.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono "Panda", as it will probably be called, will be equipped with three possible straps: a black jacquard fabric strap, a black bund-style leather strap or the riveted steel bracelet introduced several years ago. Prices vary from 4,660 euros for fabric or leather straps a 4,960 euros for the version with steel bracelet.