The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch, waterproof to 200 metres, the reference 7924, dubbed the “Big Crown”, was introduced. Among other aesthetic allusions to this famous historic watch, this model has a 39 mm diameter case, in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight comes with a choice of bracelets with polished and satin finish, steel, leather or “soft touch” strap with folding clasp, or a fabric strap. One of TUDOR’s signature features, the fabric strap is made using the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family business from the St-Etienne region of France.
In 2009, most luxury brands in Switzerland did not consider the fabric belt to be sophisticated, but it had already gained popularity in the intimate circles of sports watch collectors. The Tudor brand has always been looking for subtle details to enhance the pleasure of wearing a premium watch so it found one of the few remaining companies to practice the Jacquard weaving technique. The Jacquard technique provides endless space to experiment with design complexity and guarantees maximum comfort and longevity. Tudor’s interpretation of making fabric belts remains unsurpassed in terms of technical quality and aesthetics.
Whilst it is neo-vintage in style, its manufacturing techniques and its robustness, reliability, durability and precision as well as the quality of its finishing are above current industry standards.
The moderation in the size of the case that comes with the Black Bay Fifty-Eight makes this watch of top quality, an attractive option for both men and women. The excellent 39 mm diameter, combined with the fabric strap made by the Jacquard technique, creates an enviable ease of wearing this watch. Simple and reliable for daily activities.
With its top performances, it also enables use during water activities. Water resistance up to 200 meters depth is an outstanding quality that provides safety, especially in summer days. With its mechanical excellence it goes hand in hand with lasting sophistication.
Like all models in the Black Bay line, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight models adopt TUDOR’s characteristic angular “Snowflake” hands, which first appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. The result of a subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking, the Black Bay line is far from simply being an identical re-release of a classic. It brings together nearly 70 years of TUDOR divers’ watches, whilst at the same time being resolutely anchored in the present. Although neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques, robustness, reliability, precision and the quality of its finish exceed today’s industry standards.
Since the brand’s creation by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926, in line with his vision of the ideal timepiece, TUDOR has been ceaselessly creating watches that are as robust, durable, reliable and precise as possible. On the strength of this experience, and confident in the superior quality of its watches, TUDOR offers a five-year guarantee for all products sold from 1 January 2020 onwards. This guarantee does not require the watch to be registered or submitted to periodic checks and is transferable. All TUDOR products purchased between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2019 will benefit from an 18-month guarantee extension, therefore a total of three and a half years. TUDOR also recommends having its watches serviced approximately every 10 years, depending on the model and daily use.