Tudor watches have become some of the most desirable timepieces in the world, and frequently command waiting lists as long as steel sports models from Rolex. The latest watch to follow this trend is the deep navy-blue Black Bay Fifty-Eight, a 39mm watch with a stunning blue dial and bezel.
What makes the watch so special is that it captures all of the personality and magic of the standard Black Bay and shrinks them slightly to a more manageable case size. Beyond that, Tudor has given the 58 line a duo of striking colors that help them stand out from the standard Black Bay family.
With a personality that is both upscale and rugged, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is one of the most desirable watches in the Tudor catalog. The case shape works well in the smaller size, and intricate polishing on the lugs and case sides gives the watch a sophisticated feel that could make even the most dedicated Rolex fan jealous. The uni-directional bezel brings both style and utility to the watch, and offers the ability to time both dives and short walks around the park.
Though the 58 isn’t necessarily a dive watch, its unprotected crown screws down for a waterproof rating of 200 meters, or 660 feet. That gorgeous 39mm case holds either a black or blue domed dial with bright white hour markers for blue-dial models and deep golden hour markers for those with black dials. Both colorways feature an elegant snowflake handset, which is both a throwback to earlier Tudors and a more recent hallmark of Black Bay models.
Under the beautifully detailed dial lies Tudor’s in-house MT5402 movement. The self-winding unit features a 70-hour power reserve and a bi-directional rotor system, beating away with stunning accuracy. Tudor backs that movement, and the watch that holds it with a five-year transferable warranty that does not require registration or periodic maintenance checks to remain valid.
Capping off the already impressive package are Tudor’s bracelet and strap options. The company relies on a French shop, Faure, to produce its textile straps, which are unmatched anywhere else in the watch world. Faure counts legendary brands like Christian Louboutin among its clients, so it’s easy to see how its straps elevate Tudor’s watches above many others. The 58 is available with either a blue or black fabric strap, depending on the dial color, and both are amazingly soft, sturdy, and versatile.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is a great example of what makes Tudor shine. Original design, excruciating attention to detail, and value beyond belief are all on bright display in the 58 line. No matter how you wear it, or what you wear it on, the watches are excellent companions that will remain stylish for decades to come.