The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight was presented to the world in 2012. It’s a vintage-inspired dive watch that stands out from the pack in international horological circles as a favorite by virtue of its branding and reputation for precision craftsmanship with attention to the finer details of what makes a watch exceptional in quality. The piece is offered in a choice of a 39mm or a 41mm size. The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is a wrist-watch that is deserving of a closer look.
An examination of the history
The Black Bay is firmly established in the history of Tudor as a second generation in the brand’s revival era. It was introduced just one year after the essential Heritage Chrono, which set the stage as the first in the new era, and in the same year, they were joined by the Pelagos as directed by the Philippe Peverelli/Davide Cerrato dual management team. The Black Bay served to define Tudor in a repositioning of the collection that brought back the sexiness of Tudor watches and set the company on solid and successful footing as a best seller and a milestone set in the recent history of Tudor.
We begin our examination of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight with a closer inspection of the case. It features a polished and satin finish in the round style case made from high-quality stainless steel in a 39mm diameter, or if you prefer, a 41mm size.
The Bezel provides an interesting and colorful accent that brings the watch to life with a powerful contrasting aesthetic offered in a choice of black, red or navy color. It draws the full attention of the eye to this component of the watch face. The bezel is a unidirectional and rotatable style that features a 60-minute disc that is graduated with the coloring applied to anodized aluminum materials underneath with gilded markings and numerals which present themselves with a high degree of legibility.
The winding crown is a screw-down type. The incredible details of this component include a relief of the Tudor rose along with a winding crown tube in a circular satin-brushed finish. Such detailed attention deserves recognition because it is in the small details that the true personality of the Black Bay Tudor Fifty-Eight is revealed.
The dial offers a black domed color and styling that offers the ideal background for the application of the minutes and seconds markers in white, off-white or bright white, depending on the bezel color. Each of the markers is lined with a gold coloring that distinguishes and makes each easy to read at a glance. The chunky hour and minutes hands follow the same theme with an outline that makes them stand out. The application of lume treatment gives them additional readability in low light conditions. Below the 12 o’clock position is the TUDOR rose and the name of the brand Tudor Geneve in gold or white with the authenticity and certification information symmetrically placed above the six o’ clock indication near the bottom. The watch is well balanced and attractive. It is capped with a domed sapphire crystal that is treated with anti-reflective coating and is naturally scratch resistant by virtue of its origin and DNA.
The movement is a caliber MT5402 (COSC). It’s a self-winding mechanical type. It features a bi-directional rotor system. The innovation is credited with lending precision in timekeeping and reliability. The power reserve is estimated at around 70 hours.
The combination of the stainless steel case, the wind-down crown, and the domed sapphire crystal glass give this watch the quality and classification of a diver. It is waterproof for depths up to 660 feet. It’s highly regarded within this class as a highly functional high-end diving watch, suitable such activities and designed to perform under murky or dim lighting environments.
We bring our detailed inspection of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight to a close with the method of fastening. The bracelet is a riveted steel type which matches the case to perfection and adds a unique texture. It features a polished and satin finish. It fastens via a folding clasp style closure that offers a safety catch to ensure that the watch stays firmly affixed to the wrist during periods of intense activity.