The Tudor Black Bay Pro

The Tudor Black Bay Pro
Tudor Black Bay Pro comes in Steel Bracelet, rubber with leather, and fabric strap

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Tudor has introduced the Tudor Black Bay Pro, a new GMT sports watch. Let’s get down to business: it’s 39mm wide, features a fixed steel 24-hour bezel, and is powered by the BB GMT’s MT5652 movement for full “flying” GMT functionality.

The Tudor Black Bay Pro
The Black Bay Pro has a domed matte black dial set in a satin-finished steel case with a matching brushed steel 24-hour bezel, clearly influenced by watches like the Rolex 1655 Explorer II. The Black Bay Pro is water resistant to 200 meters and comes with a steel band, a NATO-style fabric strap, or a revolutionary hybrid rubber and fabric two-piece strap. The case is 14.6mm thick and has a strap-friendly lug width of 20mm.
The Tudor Black Bay Pro

The Black Bay Pro, which starts at $3,675 on either strap or $4,000 on the steel bracelet, is powered by the same MT5652 movement found in the existing (and increasing) Black Bay GMT series. That translates to 70 hours of battery reserve, a frequency of 4 Hz, and an instantaneous date display linked to the local hour hand (as it should be).

BB58 or BB GMT

The new Tudor Black Bay Pro is not what some of the brand’s fans had hoped for. There was a definite need for a smaller-sized BB GMT (a 41mm watch with a 14.6mm thickness and a noticeable lug-to-lug presence), which could have been done within the BB58 case with a bidirectional rotating bezel. Tudor, on the other hand, thought differently and designed what is, in fact, a more compact GMT watch, but with a somewhat different interpretation. We’re moving away from traditional diving watch codes and vintage GMT influences and closer to a Rolex Explorer II idea. That signifies an adventure instrument watch, which isn’t designed for a certain function but may be used for a variety of tasks.

The Tudor Black Bay Pro

Tudor Black Bay Pro Sapphire Crystal

A redesigned bezel has a traditional domed sapphire crystal, a repeating motif on all Black Bay watches that contributes to the collection’s nostalgic aesthetic. There is no bidirectional rotating steel bezel with an aluminum insert; instead, there is a fixed steel bezel with a nice radial-brushed surface and an engraved, black-filled 24h scale, similar to the bezel featured on the first-generation Explorer II reference 1655. This is without a doubt one of the key reasons for the coolness of this watch. It’s unusual to see it on a Tudor, but because Rolex doesn’t make many connections to the past in its present lines, the Rose is an excellent vector to bring back some of the Crown’s best design elements.

The Tudor Black Bay Pro

Tudor Black Bay Pro Thickness

Let’s get to the meat of this Tudor Black Bay Pro discussion: its thickness. There are comments on many channels and on Instagram about how serious the situation was. Despite the fact that we were unable to measure it (not an opportunity at a watch expo), the case is around 14.5mm/14.6mm in height, which is ironically the same as the Black Bay GMT Pepsi. This isn’t surprising given that the two have the same mobility and water resistance. So, while this Black Bay Pro is thicker than a BB58 (which measures roughly 12mm in height), it is not excessively so. Due to the more compact design and Tudor’s preference for case bands that extend all the way to the caseback rather than using domed case backs, this is more of a sense, a visual experience. So, while the watch is substantial, it isn’t any thicker on the wrist than a conventional 41mm GMT or a Black Bay 41 Diver.

About the dial

How it has some unique characteristics. It appears traditional at first glance, with a domed profile and a matte-grained texture over a black color. On the perimeter, there’s a railroad minute track, the current shield emblem and business name at 12 o’clock, and three lines of text at 6 o’clock, including a yellow depth rate. Also, the markers used feel familiar, with a mix of dots, rectangles, and a triangle at 12 o’clock. Except for the fact that these applied markers are not metallic and are afterward filled with bright paint. These are constructed of brilliant ceramic blocks with a faint cream color. And the 3D effect not only looks nice but also improves the watch’s technical and functional design. The hands have a Snowflake profile and a lot of Grade A Super-LumiNova, which is typical Tudor.

The Tudor Black Bay Pro

Most notably, the Tudor Black Bay Pro is a dual-time watch first and foremost, with an independent 24h hand that may be used to represent an additional time zone or to indicate whether it is day or night. The indication is shown here by a golden Snowflake hand, a nod to the mother brand’s beautiful classic GMT watches… The function is a “true GMT,” which means that the local time hand (the main, shorter, cream-colored Snowflake hand) advances in one-hour increments, either backward or forwards. The date, an essential function on a GMT watch (agree or disagree, but the date is required here), is shown through an aperture at 3 o’clock and, of course, is combined with the local time hand. Overall, legibility is excellent at any time of day or night. And the crown does all of the settings.

The Tudor Black Bay Pro

Tudor Black Bay Pro Movement

The Tudor Black Bay Pro uses the same movement as the Black Bay GMT, the Calibre MT5652 manufactured by long-time partner Kenissi. This automatic movement is COSC chronometer-certified and has an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring. A strong transversal bridge also holds the variable inertia balance in place. The movement beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of up to 70 hours when completely wound by its bidirectional rotor. In terms of precision, whereas COSC standards provide for a range of -4 to +6 seconds, Tudor insists on a range of -2 to +4 seconds when watches are fully built. A well-known movement that has shown to be durable and precise, as well as having a useful GMT function. A well-known movement that has shown to be durable and precise, as well as being equipped with a useful GMT function. Its 7.52mm height surely contributes to the overall thickness of the timepiece. If you are interested in purchasing the watch, contact a Tudor Authorized Dealer Here

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