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Tudor released several timepieces at Baselworld 2019, but the most divisive piece came in the form of the new “Tudor Black Bay P01”. It looks like no other watch in their catalog to date, hence the initial surprise factor that comes along with it. Not all horology enthusiasts seemed to respond positively to this watch, but it has historical significance.

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Last year at Baselworld one of the most talked about releases was the “Tudor Black Bay GMT” (Ref#: 79830RB) with a “Pepsi”-style bezel, as you can see here. It was considered a great value watch, which combined with its aesthetic allure explains why it was rapidly bought out at most vendors and become a hard watch to obtain.

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“Tudor Black Bay GMT” (Ref#: 79830RB), released in Baselworld 2018,

But, this year Tudor has gone back half a century to seek the inspiration that has brought us this oddity timepiece. Tudor had been supplying the US Navy with divers’ watches since the late 1950’s when in 1967 they began development on a new watch that needed to meet a specific set of requirements required by the American government. Although this project would never come to a full conclusion it would nonetheless result in a series of prototypes that included the now newly resurrected “Black Bay P01”, which stands for “Prototype 1”.

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The “Tudor Prototype 1″, circa 1967 that inspired the new “Tudor Black Bay P01″

The 42mm case is made of stainless-steel with a satin finish and solid case back. Mounted to the case is a 60-notch, 12-hour graduated steel bi-directional rotating bezel with a stop system for the bi-directional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at the 12 o’clock.

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It comes equipped with a screw-down steel winding crown at the 4 o’clock position with the Tudor logo in relief, embossed to the crown. All topped by a domed sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reached up to 200 meters (660 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a black domed dial with a triangular, some rectangular and round hour index markers; followed by a railroad-motif of white colored minute index markers circling the dial.

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There is also a white-outlined date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. It comes equipped with the classic Tudor angular central hands known as “snowflake” hands. These central hands along with all the hour index markers have been given a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.

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Tudor Black Bay P01

The “Tudor Black Bay P01” (Ref#: M70150-0001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber MT5612 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a non-magnetic silicon balance spring and a variable inertia balance micro-adjusted by screw. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is a hybrid leather and rubber strap with folding clasp and safety catch, entirely satin-finished. For more up to date information visit the official Tudor website here.

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MSRP: $3,950.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az