Quick Take

Drawing inspiration from a prototype military diver they developed in the 1960s, Tudor has just announced a wild new spin on the Black Bay, called the P01. With a 12-hour bezel and a new case shape defined by a four o'clock crown and a chunky bezel locking mechanism that uses a claw-like system fitted between the lugs, it's a Black Bay, but not at all what we've come to expect from the form.*
Initial Thoughts

The new Black Bay P01 is 42mm wide in steel and comes only as shown on a proprietary strap that integrates with the unique lugs and bezel lock. Water resistant to 200m and featuring a very handy 12-hour bezel, the case shape and the bezel locking system are likely the most notable element of this new and unusual Black Bay. The asymmetrical case shape is a considerable departure from the Black Bay form but thankfully they've elected to stick to 42mm. The Seiko-esque crown at four looks good and should help to manage some of the added bulk on wrist.*
The bezel is bidirectional but is held firmly in place by a mechanically-locking set of claws, one in each lug. While I won't get a chance to try this system for myself until tomorrow, it looks like it will be fun to try out. The system, which looks to add a lot of bulk and lug to lug length to the watch, is based on a prototype locking bezel design created and tested by Tudor in the '60s (shown below via Tudor's instagram).*
The prototype on which the new P01 is based.
Between the slightly larger case, the distinct crown placement, and that bezel lock, it's really hard to predict how the P01 will feel and wear on wrist but I'm excited to see it in the metal. While certainly not as mass market as your standard Black Bay, the P01 looks interesting and I really like the black dial and the steel 12-hour bezel. This is definitely one that needs a hands-on, so stay tuned for me.*
The Basics

Brand: Tudor
Model: Black Bay P01
Reference Number: M70150-0001
Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Applied
Water Resistance: 200m
Strap/Bracelet: Hybrid rubber and leather strap
The Movement

Caliber: Tudor Manufacture MT5612
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28, 800 vph)
COSC Chronometer Certified
Pricing & Availability

Price: $3,950
Availability: July 2019
Limited Edition: No
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