The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 is the choice of celebrities including Lady Gaga. The timepiece is an introduction of a new generation in the Black Bay line which takes on a new persona with a slimmer aesthetic tailored for smaller wrists. It manages to maintain the Black Bay lines while reducing the proportions with idyllic balance and symmetry. It’s fashionable and sporty while in the same regard is suitable for more formal attire. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 is worthy of closer inspection.
The case is a reduction from its ancestors in a smaller 36mm width in a round shape. it’s made of stainless steel material and features a polished and satin finish. It lies flat against the wrist and wears with incredible comfort. The case back features a stainless steel solid type with a satin finish and double stamped edging with an engraved Tudor Rose logo in the middle of the engraved words Geneve Suisse.
The bezel is smooth stainless steel and features the same polished satin finish that lowers any potential glare or reflectiveness. It exists as an unmoveable fixed style in a muted glory to prepare one for the brilliant and shiny dial beneath.
The dial is a deep blue color that lights up magnificently in sunlight with hints of shininess. Applied lume dots serve as the markers for minutes and hours with a circular display of split-second markers lining the exterior of the watch face. They act as a functional border creating a busy aesthetic that adds a note of sportiness and importance to the otherwise simple features. The hours and minute hands are a chunky snowflake type that features an application of white lume for visibility in all types of lighting conditions. A thin silver border on each lends detail and definition that creates a marvelous contrasting effect and ties the color scheme in with the silver tone of the bezel and case. The second’s hand is an ultra slim style in a polished stainless steel.
The Tudor logo sits directly below the indicator for twelve o’ clock with the printed brand reading Tudor Geneve directly below in a white print. Directly above the 6 o’ clock marker is the movement indications Rotor self-winding also in white print, with the indication Swiss Made in smaller white print to the outer edge below the same hour mark. Of special noteworthiness, the print on the 36 is curved and is the only Black Bay model that does not feature straight lines of print.
The Crown is a steel screw-down winding type with an impeccably detailed Tudor rose engraved in relief with a black winding crown tube in anodized aluminum. Tudor imparts such wonderful detailing to this small yet important component of the watch that it takes a close inspection to discover it, nonetheless, it does exist.
While one might expect an in-house Tudor movement this was not the plan for the Heritage Black Bay 36. It is a Swiss made Calibre 2824 self-winding mechanical type with a power reserve of 38 The hours. This precision timepiece delivers amazing accuracy in timekeeping and it is waterproof for up to 500 feet. The glass is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
There are two options available for the bracelet. These include a matching stainless steel metal bracelet or a genuine leather strap. Both choices come with a NATO strap in gray camouflage. The closure is a folding clasp type with a safety catch and Tudor logo engraving.
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 carries on the tradition with the familial genetics of the Black Bay line in a new expression for a slimmer wrist. The new presentation of the iconic classic is a fresh approach to another generation in the evolution of the species within the brand. It offers a reasonable carrying on of the necessary traditions with resemblances which are undeniable, but its personality is as unique as any individual within a family line can be. Pricing for the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 is at $2,525 for the leather strap and the metal bracelet is at $2,850. It’s an expensive timepiece but it dresses the wrist impeccably with sportiness and style and the brand speaks to the quality and value for the cost.