Tudor has announced that it will be bringing the Black Bay One, a one-off timepiece into its Heritage collection, to charity auction Only Watch 2015.
It will be Tudor’s first participation in the auction and will see them reinterpret one of the last known tool-watches in the firm’s history (reference 7923), which was launched in the mid-1950s. Originally launched in a limited quantity, it was the only divers’ watch produced by the brand to be equipped with a hand-wound movement.
The new take on the classic timepiece has already been awarded the “Revival” category prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2012. Unlike the original, which had 37 mm case, the Black Bay One is larger at 41 mm and features a self-winding mechanical Tudor calibre 2824 mechanism.
Reinterpreted by Tudor’s Style Workshop, the Black Bay one borrows the glossy black dial from the brand’s production in the late 1950s and 1960s and the inscriptions and gold-coloured hands of the original are reproduced using a shade of yellow gold.
The dial layout of the infamous watch with its two lines of text at the 6 o’clock position has also been retained, specifying the maximum guaranteed immersion depth in red, along with a mention of “shock resisting”, formerly present on reference 7923.
Similarly, the luminescent material that was formerly painted directly on the dial, has now been laid in applied gold-coloured inserts to provide improved definition and readability.
It is housed within a domed sapphire glass display, that is the most pronounced to date in Tudor’s Heritage line. The crown, with no protective shoulder, keeps in line with the overall model that inspired it and is mounted on an anodized aluminium tube the same colour as the bezel.
A solid stainless steel bracelet fitted with tube-type attachments, a dark brown aged leather strap and a Jacquard-weave admiralty grey fabric strap is supplied with the timepiece.
Sticking with the nature of Only Watch, Tudor will produce only one model of the Black Bay One – a first from the manufacturer.
- Self-winding mechanical Tudor calibre 2824 mechanism
- 41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
- Domed sapphire crystal glass display
- Reinterpreted by Tudor’s Style Workshop
- Minimum power reserve of approximately 38 hours
- Water resistant up to a pressure of 20 bar (200 m / 660 ft)
- Supplied with stainless steel bracelet, dark brown aged leather strap and Jacquard-weave admiralty grey fabric strap
- Awarded the “Revival” category prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2012
- One-off timepiece for charity auction Only Watch 2015