Hands-On with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Replica Guide Trusted Dealers
You can find out more about the Tudor Watches Canada Replica Pelagos right here.We would also like to thank our friends at Watchonista for supplying the sample Pelagos. You can read our review, as well as a couple others right here on their particular dedicated page.Also, make sure you watch our movie review of the Pelagos at the top of the page.I was hooked about the Tudor Pelagos LHD watch the first time I watched it in person. This review will be mostly quite positive because I simply have a good deal of great things to say about this timepiece. When Tudor errs, I am happy to point it out, and frequently “check” the brand when I believe its marketing or merchandise design choices are not on par with what the storied brand deserves. When Tudor makes it right however, they produce something like the Pelagos LHD, which will be really a phenomenal contemporary diving sports watch.Let’s first talk a bit about the modern history of this Pelagos and the way the Pelagos LHD fits into the Tudor Pelagos household, which includes a couple of versions. If the standard Pelagos is your awesome, modern dive watch using a no-nonsense stance of functionality and design, then the Pelagos LHD is the slightly quirkier version for experienced fans that delivers all the same functionality and usefulness as the normal Pelagos, but using only a bit more personality.Tudor originally introduced the Pelagos dive watch set in 2013 (aBlogtoWatch review). To call the watch really modern is a small misnomer since Tudor clearly pulled a great deal of design language out of its past. Tudor and Rolex are part of the identical foundation, and it has long been clear that Tudor is the marginally more risk-welcoming arm of the group, and of course provides cheaper watches. Individuals often thought of this Pelagos as the contemporary Submariner. In a lot of real ways they are competitors, even though the Submariner at retail can be roughly twice as much cash. There should be Rolex premium after all.
Tudor’s very first bronze dive watch starts out new already looking worn, intentionally so. Many elements of the Black Bay Bronze (ref. 79250BM), like the brown bezel that seems faded and the “snowflake” hands, are derived from vintage Tudor Submariners but only loosely, with lots of creative license since there was no vintage Tudor with a maroon dial or bezel. The result is a watch that’s a mishmash of vintage Tudor dive watches plus a healthy dose of creativity, but one that looks pleasingly congruent.
The Black Bay Bronze is 43 mm in diameter, a significant two millimetres larger than the steel Black Bay, yet the increase in size is almost imperceptible, perhaps due to the colours of the watch. Despite being larger it wears just the same as the ordinary Black Bay, with the same feel. That’s not surprising while bronze is denser than steel, the difference is not sufficient to be noticeable in a watch case. Interestingly, Tudor opted not to use a bronze alloy similar to those used by Panerai and the like. Most bronze alloys – a mix of mostly copper, with a bit of tin and other metals – used in watches will develop a greenish patina, resulting in an aged look that can resemble sunken treasure from Ancient Greece. Tudor’s particular bronze alloy, however, includes aluminium, which means the case will develop a brown patina over time.
That explains the brown shade of the dial and bezel, a colour selected to match the future case patina. With Arabic numerals at the quarters, a so-called “Explorer” dial after the Rolex model with this look, the dial differs from other Black Bay watches that have the conventional Submariner dial. But the Explorer dial works well, suiting the vintage-y look of the watch well.
While the case will change in colour over time, the bronze-coloured case back remains unchanging. Like all other bronze watches, the Black Bay Bronze does not have a bronze case back since the metal tends to cause skin allergies and stains. Instead the case back is stainless steel with a coating applied via physical vapour deposition (PVD) that gives it a bronze colour.
Engraved around the case back is “Manufacture Calibre MT5601”, indicating the Black Bay Bronze is powered by Tudor’s very own in-house automatic movement. The calibre first made its debut last year in the North Flag and second generation Pelagos, and is now found in the Black Bay Bronze with a bigger base plate (to fit the larger case) and sans date display. That aside the movement is identical, with a convenient 70-hour power reserve and non-magnetic silicon hairspring. And like all of Tudor’s in-house movements, the MT5601 is a COSC-certified chronometer, a fact helpfully spelt out on the dial.
Pricing and availability
The Black Bay Bronze is sold with an distressed leather strap, or a canvas band inspired by the straps made from parachute webbing by the navy divers of the French Marine Nationale for their Tudor Submariners in the 1970s. Both versions have a price tag of US$3975 or SFr3800, with availability starting May 2016.