Tudor Black Bay P01 £2990*
Tudor introduces the Black Bay P01, a watch based on a legendary prototype developed in the late 1960’s and proposed to the US Navy, and in so doing lifts the veil on a little-known aspect of its history.
In 1967, Tudor, who had been supplying the US Navy with divers’ watches since the late 1950’s, began development of a technical model to replace the Oyster Prince Submariner 7928 reference. Which was standard-issue at that time. This new watch needed to meet a set of specifications decreed by the American government and incorporated the results of the latest research into functionality and ergonomics carried out by the brand’s engineers. A development phase was launched which resulted in the production of prototypes, as well as a patent for a hitherto unseen function.
This ambitious project, which carried the code name “Commando”, never came to fruition as the regular Tudor divers’ watch, reference 7016, which replaced reference 7928 in the Tudor catalogue, was eventually adopted by the US Navy. In 2019, the Tudor Black Bay p01 model – which stands for prototype 1 – is inspired by a prototype developed as part of this study and kept in the brands’ archives, only to have its unique aesthetic brought to life and mass-produced 50 years later.
Crafted in a contemporary sporty spirit, while at the same time adopting the principle of winding the crown at 4 o’clock and the prominent end-links of the 1960s model, the Black Bay P01 reflects the exploratory nature of the project, a cross between a divers’ watch and a sailing watch. The hinged end-link system on the period prototype was the subject of a patent in 1968, which covered a locking and dismantling system for the bezel to aid maintenance of the watch. The Black Bay P01 model does not literally reproduce this mechanism but borrows liberally from it, providing a stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at 12 o’clock. Black Bay P01 is waterproof to 200 metres and features hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. It is fitted with a domed matt-black dial with painted luminescent hour markers. Respecting the utilitarian aesthetic of the prototype that inspired it, the case is entirely satin-brushed for a matt finish.
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42mm steel case with satin finish
60 notch, 12-hour graduated steel bidirectional rotating bezel with stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at 12 o’clock.
Screw down steel winding crown at 4 o’clock, with the Tudor logo in relief
Black, domed sapphire crystal glass
Date at 3’oclock
Waterproof up to 200m (660ft)
Hybrid leather and rubber strap with folding clasp an safety catch, entirely satin finished
Calibre MT5612 (COSC)
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Power reserve of approximately 70 hours