This Tudor has some serious Rolex vibes
Like the re-release of the first generation 41mm Black Bay GMT in 2018, the Tudor Black Bay Pro is inspired by the more difficult Rolex classic, the Rolex 1655 Explorer II.
The comparison is largely attributed to the fixed, steel 24-hour dial and prominent, yellowed GMT hand – which follows Tudor’s signature snowflake design rather than the Rolex arrow. But still.
It should fill in nicely for discontinued adventure-themed watches like the Tudor North Flag.
Black Bay Pro is full of details and improvements
Tudor introduces an updated, dome dial with a matte black finish to the mix. Applied molded markers add welcome depth to the dial, along with vintage-inspired coloring on the hands, markers and date wheel.
The steel bracelet clasp has some subtle updates, with a new low-profile crown and extension system. But these are definitely crazy features for sport watch fanatics.
The 39mm case size is very, very welcome
Watches & Wonders Many are hoping to see a 39mm Pepsi GMT model in 2022, and it’s no secret that the Black Bay Pro is at least a half-step in that direction.
With 200 meters of water resistance, a jacquard-woven strap, leather and steel bracelet options, a highly wearable case, and Tudor’s typically competitive value proposition, we expect this to be a highly sought-after watch.
Don’t forget Tudor’s in-house GMT movement
Essentially, the Black Bay Pro MT5652 demonstrates Tudor’s intention to integrate the GMT movement into a smaller and more wearable 39mm case. Tudor fans have been hoping to see more of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight line since its release.
At a glance
Water resistance: 200m
Movement: Tudor MT5652
price: $3,675 (strap) or $4,000 (bracelet)
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