Background to the Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA
If we’re going to go even further back, we go back to where the Black Bay model finds its inspiration from. By now, the Black Bay model should hardly have been missed by anyone. It was originally launched in 2012 and was an instant success. Today, the Black Bay is Tudor’s most popular product range. The Black Bay watches have taken inspiration from Tudor’s dive watches from the ’50s and ’60s, and rather than simply taking inspiration from only one watch from that time, and making a “re-edition”, Tudor has taken the best elements from that period and made it into one watch.
As mentioned, if you’re familiar with the previous 79250BM, you’ll be familiar with the Black Bay Bronze 79250BA. It has a unidirectional rotating bezel with a sixty-minute scale. The most iconic element of the Black Bay is probably the big crown without crown guards, as well as the snowflake hands, which allow for great legibility. What gives the bezel a unique personality is that it is matte, as this gives it different looks depending on the surrounding light.
What is different from the Bronze Tudor watches, compared to the rest of the Black Bay models, though, is that they have drilled lugs.
Apart from the gray slate dial, you have large indices. The indices have not changed from the previous model, however, the printing on the dial (rail around the dial) is in a slightly different color. On the dial, you can find 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals on the dial. Between these, you’ll find circular indices, except for at 12 o’clock where you’ll find a triangular marker. All indices are applied. The hands are, as mentioned snowflake hands, and all of these elements contrast the slate grey dial perfectly.
The case of the Black Bay 79250BA is 43mm, and yes, that is quite a hefty case. It is certainly the largest case in Tudor’s lineup of watches in writing moment.
The case is entirely satin brushed, which is different from the standard Black Bays which combine both polished and brushed elements. This also contributes to faster aging of the case.
Just like the previous watch, the 79250BA is waterproof to 200 m (660 ft).
The in-house MT5601 Caliber
The Black Bay Bronze 79250BA is, just like the predecessor, equipped with the Manufacture Calibre MT5601. This movement measures 33.8 millimeters and is the widest diameter of all Tudor’s calibers. It displays hours, minutes, and seconds, and has a 70-hour power reserve. As it is developed for a tool watch, it is built for robustness, longevity, and reliability – almost like the way Rolex makes their movements (surprise).
The movement is also certified as a chronometer by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The movement beats with a frequency of 28800 and has 25 jewels.
Just like all Tudor Black Bay watches, the 79250BA is available to buy with multiple strap options. It is available to buy with either a fabric strap or a leather strap.
And Tudor has made a reference to its history with its fabric strap. Tudor identified the historic uses of its watches and reinterpreted. What Tudor found was that the French Navy had Tudor watches delivered without bracelets and then fitted them with their own straps. Looking in their archives, they found a Tudor watch that had a strap which had been made with elastic recovered from French rescue parachutes.
This strap worked as the inspiration for the fabric strap that is available to get on the 79250BA bronze watch, with a gold thread in the middle of the strap. If you prefer the letter strap, you can get the aged slate-grey leather strap with straight cut accentuates
The crystal is a standard Black Bay crystal, except it is larger. It is a sapphire crystal that is slightly domed to give it a bit of a vintage look.
Price and availability
The price remains unchanged from the 79250BM. This makes sense since it is essentially just the same watch only with a different color. The Black Bay Bronze 79250BA is priced at 3850 Swiss francs, and will be available starting April 2019.