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TUDOR Black Bay GMT
The distinctive Black Bay GMT captures the essence of the Black Bay in version for world travellers.
TUDOR made quite a wave at Baselworld this year by presenting their famous Black Bay divers’ watch with a new GMT function that established local time without losing sight of the time two other time zones. Fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5652 that was designed by TUDOR specifically for the Black Bay GMT model, this new addition sports a distinctive bidirectional 24-hour rotatable burgundy and blue bezel, a.k.a the “Pepsi” bezel, where the twelve daylight hours are printed on burgundy section and the night-time hours on the blue section.
Keeping to the essence of the Black Bay collection, the dial of the new Black Bay GMT is inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches of the 1950s, where it adopts the characteristic angular hands more infamously known to collectors as the snowflake for its hour hand and red 24-hour hand which indicates the additional time zones. Other features inspired by the characteristic of the first generation of TUDOR divers’ watches include the large winding crown and its waterproofness of up to 200 metres (660 ft).
Coming from the family of divers’ watch, the 41 mm satin-brushed steel case of the Black Bay GMT is designed to withstand harsh elements and conditions, waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft) and features luminescent hour markers set against the black dial to ensure legibility under low light or complete darkness.
The new Calibre MT5652, that is COSC-certified as a chronometer, has a power reserve of 70 hours and the appearance and finish typical of TUDOR manufacture calibres. Its openwork rotor is satin-brushed with sand-blasted details and its bridges and mainplate have alternate polished sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations. Its structure was designed to ensure robustness, longevity and reliability, as has its variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation.
The Black Bay GMT comes with a choice of a riveted steel bracelet with polished and satin finish which is most versatile, a “Terra di Siena” brown leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch that evokes a vintage feel, or a black fabric strap with a burgundy band in the middle that complements the bezel. The latter fabric strap, being one of TUDOR’s signature features, is made using the traditional Jacquard technique.
Learn how to use the GMT function from the latest E-Manual video on our Official Youtube Channel.
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