While for a long time Tudor was relegated as the “poor man’s” Rolex, the brand has worked hard over the last few years to shake off this label and step out of big brother Rolex’s shadow to stand on its own. And Baselworld is where Tudor shines the brightest launching superb watches that boast great design and decent price points. Baselworld 2018 was no exception with a fantastic selection of new Tudor watches. Let’s find out what the new Tudor models from Baselworld 2018 are.
New Tudor Black Bay GMT
To accompany Rolex’s new steel GMT-Master II “Pepsi”, Tudor comes out with its own version with the new Black Bay GMT watch. Sporting a 41mm steel case and topped with a blue and burgundy bi-colored bezel marked to 24 hours, this new Tudor goes back to the tool watch roots of the famous pilot’s watch.
On the black dial are the signature snowflake-style hands, including a red GMT-hand that is used in conjunction with the bezel to indicate a second time zone (and third with just a couple of clicks of the rotating bezel). Also on the dial are the luminescent round hour markers and a discreet date window at 3 o’clock.
The new Tudor Black Bay GMT is available with either a vintage style riveted steel bracelet, a “Terra di Siena” brown leather strap, or a black fabric strap with a burgundy strip running down the center.
Powering the Tudor Black Bay GMT is the in-house manufacture Caliber MT5652 automatic movement with 70 hours of power reserve and the watch is water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet).
New Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
An obvious tip of the hat to the brand’s vintage dive watches, the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight comes with a scaled down and slimmed down case. Measuring 39mm wide and 11.9mm thick, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight happily jumps onto the restrained watch size bandwagon that we see all over the luxury watch space right now.
Also emphasizing the retro style of the watch are the gold details found on the black unidirectional rotating diver’s bezel marked to 60 minutes and on the black dial, including the luminescent gold snowflake hands and round indexes.
Nestled within the water resistant case (200 meters/660 feet) is the brand new in-house manufacture Caliber MT5402 automatic movement—designed to fit into Tudor’s smaller watches—with a 70-hour power reserve.
Bracelet choices include a riveted steel bracelet, a brown leather strap, or a black fabric strap with a center gold stripe.
New Tudor Black Bay S&G
Following up the 2017 launch of the two-tone steel and gold Tudor Black Bay S&G, the brand now adds a version with a champagne dial to join the black dial model. Identical to the black dial edition, the new Tudor Black Bay S&G with the champagne dial has a 41mm case, black and gold bezel, oversized gold winding crown, and a steel and gold bracelet.
Moreover, on the dial we see the snowflake hands, round lume plots, and date window at 3 o’clock. To keep the price of the Black Bay S&G accessible, Tudor uses the gold-capping technique rather than solid gold.
The new versions of the Tudor Black Bay S&G continue to run on the in-house manufacture Caliber MT5612 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. And this being a Black Bay, albeit a dressier version, the watch is water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet).
For the two-tone Black Bay S&G, Tudor offers a two-tone steel and yellow gold bracelet, an aged black leather strap, or a brown fabric strap.
New Tudor Black Bay 32
For 2018, Tudor refreshingly offers a tool watch for women in the form of the stainless steel Black Bay 32. As its name implies, the women’s Black Bay comes with a 32mm case, which joins the other Black Bay 36mm and Black Bay 41mm editions.
Available with either black or blue lacquer dials—each housing the characteristic luminescent snowflake hand and round indices filled with luminescence—the Black Bay 32 runs on the Caliber 2824 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. Just like the men’s models, the ladies’ Black Bay 32 comes with a choice of a steel bracelet, a beige leather strap, or a black fabric strap.
New Tudor 1926
Named after the year that Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf established Tudor, the new Tudor 1926 collection offers dressier mechanical timepieces with simple time and date functionality for both men and women.
Available in four different sizes—28mm, 36mm, 39mm, and 41mm— each Tudor 1926 watch includes a honeycomb embossed dial (in black, silver or opaline), Arabic numerals, arrow-shaped indexes, sword-shaped hands, and a date window. There’s also the option for diamonds on the dial if that’s what you fancy, as well as two-tone steel and rose gold variants. Emphasizing the dressier style of the 1926 is the watch’s seven-link metal bracelet.
Driving the new Tudor 1926 is the Caliber 2824 self-winding mechanical movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
Tudor clearly continues its winning streak with their new models unveiled at Baselworld 2018. Not satisfied playing second fiddle to Rolex, Tudor is set on paving its own path and leaves a trail of top timepieces behind for us to happily follow.