“In my opinion, Tudor just landed a big hit with this new release. The combination of the sterling silver case and the matte taupe look, makes this piece a stunner. Also, I’m very glad that they went for the 39mm case diameter again and didn’t relapse to the 41mm cases.”
Tudor just launched quite a novelty at this year’s Watches and Wonders. The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 is Tudor’s first ever dive watch with an all-silver case. Silver isn’t usually what watchmakers go to, when they are deciding on what materials to use for a new watch model. And my hat goes off to Tudor for pulling that off, that release once again shows that they are getting more and more innovative than their big sibling – the Rolex brand.
The silver alloy case has almost the same proportions as the other BB58 models. They all come in at a perfect case diameter of just 39mm, which as you know, is my favorite size for a watch.
The only difference in dimensions is noticeable when we look at the height of the cases. The new Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 has a case height of 12.7mm whereas the older models come in at 11.9mm. This difference in height is due to the 925 having a sapphire display back, which will let you see the Tudor MT5400 manufacture movement inside. And this was never done before by Tudor or Rolex, which I think is even further proof that Tudor is focused on making their own thing – and are succeeding with that.
Tudor paired the case of the Black Bay 58 925 with a warm taupe dial and bezel, which gives the watch a softer look and feel than their other BB58 diver’s. As mentioned before, Tudor uses practically the same MT5400 manufacture movement in the new 925 as they have in their older BB58’s. The only difference is that they added a larger base plate, to fill out the sapphire case back.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 gets delivered on either a brown leather or a brown fabric strap, which makes no difference when we get to the price. Speaking of the price, the watch will set you back $4,300. Compared to the normal BB58, you will pay a premium of $925, if you choose the silver case version.
When I first saw a wrist-shot of the watch online, I was very excited to say the least. Then I went on to the Tudor website, where I saw the official product picture which shocked me quite a bit and got me off my daydreaming immediately.
See, the matt taupe bezel and dial, makes for a very soft look. And therefore, the watch looks very different depending on the lighting conditions. The picture that I saw first was taken outside on the wrist of someone, and in that picture the watch had a soft black bezel and dial, which looked stunning.
Compare this with the Product picture, that is provided by Tudor and was probably made by a computer, and you have to different watches. On the product picture, the soft black look is gone and was replaced by a strange combination of grey and brown.
But this is actually good news! Since we already know how the watch looks in real life, who cares if Tudor provided a strange product picture. The watch looks gorgeous when it’s out in the wild, and that’s the only thing that matters.
I love the look of the soft taupe bezel and dial, combined with the cool new case made completely out of sterling silver. Silver isn’t the first choice for watch makers, but I must ask why not? Of course, it’s softer and more expensive than stainless steel, but it just gives the watch something exciting and unique. Also, it looks so good!
Also, a cool benefit of using sterling silver as your primary material is, that we don’t know, how the watch will age. And every watch will probably age different, due to changes in sun exposure, usage and so on. And this adds even more uniqueness to this timepiece.
In my opinion, Tudor just landed a big hit with this new release. The combination of the sterling silver case and the matte taupe look, makes this piece a stunner. Also, I’m very glad that they went for the 39mm case diameter again and didn’t relapse to the 41mm cases.
Speaking of the case, adding a see-through case back made from sapphire, is also that I’m excited about. As I mentioned before, neither Tudor nor Rolex did this in the past, and I was always wondering why. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to look at those beautiful movements? I mean they make them fancy and decorate them, why not give us something to see it every day?
The new Tudor Black Bay 925 is an absolute stunning timepiece and just landed a spot on my list, which I will continue to daydream about.