Quick Take

Tudor first introduced introduced the Heritage Black Bay Bronze at Baselworld 2016, and it created quite a stir, adding a new case material (bronze), a larger case size (43mm), and an in-house movement (caliber MT5601) to the brand's dive watch arsenal. Since then, we've seen a few variations on that theme, *including a special edition in blue for Bucherer and a piece unique for Only Watch. At Baselworld 2019 Tudor has introduced yet another BB Bronze, this time with an absolutely knock-out slate grey dial and bezel. Technically, the watch is the same as the original from three years ago, but this new color scheme changes everything, giving the watch a new layer of depth due to the sunburst gradient of the dial and the subtle contrast of the bezel. A duo of grey-toned straps finishes things off, with your choice of nubuck leather or fabric. It's amazing how big a difference a smart color change can make.
Initial Thoughts

This watch is flat out awesome and it totally caught me by surprise. Of all the Black Bay models in Tudor's relatively diverse collection, the Bronze is the only one that's never really excited me. That all changes with this new slate grey rendition. The subtle ombre of the dial is so good I'm talking "one of the best sports watch dials I've seen in years" level good. It maintains the legibility of a black dial, but with a lot more charm. The 3-6-9 numerals with their gold surrounds and the gilt printing keep everything nice and warm, giving the watch an almost magnetic appeal. If this thing were 41mm or small, I think I'd have already placed an order, but sadly the 43mm size is still just a hair too big for me to wear comfortably. If you're not opposed to slightly bulkier sports watches, this is the gold-toned watch that you didn't know you needed (but you definitely do).
The Basics

Brand: Tudor
Model: Black Bay Bronze
Reference Number: 79250BA
Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: Bronze with bronze-colored PVD stainless steel case back
Dial Color: Slate grey
Indexes: Applied dots and Arabic numerals
Lume: Yes, on hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black nubuck leather strap or slate grey fabric strap with bronze buckle
The Movement

Caliber: MT5601
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Diameter: 33.8mm
Thickness: 6.5mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 25
COSC Chronometer Certified*
Pricing & Availability

Price: $4,050
Availability: May 2019
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