Tudor Black Bay P01 | Baselworld 2019

By Matthew Pelliccia March 21, 2019


Tudor Black Bay P01 Navy Watch

Vintage is in.

The 2019 Basel watch fair is all about reminiscing on the past and bringing the the good old days back to the wrist. Whether it’s Breitling with the aesthetically vintage Premier, Tag Heuer’s reintroduction of the Autavia line, the Black Bay P01 Tudor or the gorgeous Patek Philippe Ref 5212 Calatrava Weekly Calendar, Vintage is in.

A bold entry into the Tudor catalogue, the Black Bay P01 is bound to dichotomize it’s followers. What might throw people off is the elongated look of the watch and the winding crown sitting at 4 o’clock instead of the traditional 3 o’clock. Flanking the crown are tall crown guards which lends the case its unusual shape. Much of its origins come from a hinged end-link system prototype from the late 1960s created for the U.S. Navy. It plays directly into the 12 hour bi-directional bezel that locks with the hinged end-link from the strap. You may have guessed it by now, but the P in P01 stands for Prototype.

One thing Tudor does really well with their Black Bay line is the impeccable satin finish they are able to attain. The P01 is no different and I really love the all-satin finish that covers the entirety of this watch. As with all of Tudor’s new Black Bay releases, the watch is equipped with a COSC certified Tudor Manufacture MT5612 which features a 70 hour power reserve and silicon mainspring, which is a fantastic value for a sub four thousand timepiece.

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