Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

Hands-On: Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

Tudor Brings More Two-Tone to its Lineup
Michael Stockton
March 21, 2019
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Hands-On: Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold showed itself at Baselworld 2019 as the brand brings more two-tone into its lineup.

Well, whether you like it or not, two-tone or bi-color now seems to be back and here to stay.  We like it in general, so we were intrigued when we laid eyes on the new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold.  The watch supplements the all-steel version that first debuted in 2017.  In what now seems to be a trend for the brand, we get a similar watch but with brushed gold highlights.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

Plenty of Gold Touches

The reference M79363 Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold brings gold-capped elements such as the crown, screw-down pushers, and if a bracelet is chosen – the center links.  Tudor mentioned to us that bezels are solid 18K gold, albeit quite thin.  The hands and applied indices also receive the gold treatment.  Keeping pace with the color, the aluminum inlay bezel has gold numerals and this continues with gold-toned hues for the sub-dials, font, and outer minutes track.  Similar to the steel variant, there’s a touch of red text on the dial signaling the 200M of water resistance, but the new watch adds a touch of the color at the tip of its central chrono hand to ensure there’s enough contrast.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

Slightly Thinner Due to a Thinner Crystal 

As mentioned, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold is available on a rivet bracelet with brushed gold-capped center links and a clasp with safety catch.  The watch is available on a nylon strap or a brown leather strap that has a slide-on insert that transforms it into a Bund-style cuff.  Inside, we have the Tudor cal. 5813 automatic chronograph movement.  It’s chronometer certified and as you likely recall, the base is supplied by Breitling as the B01.  The case size remains as 41mm.  Unfortunately, we weren’t told about the numbers, but Tudor mentions that the crystal on this watch has been slimmed down to help address a lingering concern about the watch’s overall height.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

Pricing and Thoughts

The new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold will retail for 6,360 Euros on bracelet and 5,240 Euros if you opt for leather or nylon.  For a stylish chronograph from the Rolex stable with a classy movement and chronometer certification, that seems reasonable.  For comparison’s sake, the steel version on bracelet costs 4,700 Euros, so keep that in mind.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

I think that the entirety of our team liked the new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold best out of the new releases from the brand at Baselworld 2019.  With its black dial, the watch has a strong dose of vintage F1 “John Player Special” to it and looks pretty tough if that makes sense.   While we only imaged the version on nylon, it looks works very well on both the leather strap and bracelet.  The watch should begin shipping in the June timeframe.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold

For more information on the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel and Gold, visit the official Tudor brand site.

Watch specifications

Reference
M79363
Case Material
Stainless Steel with Gold-Capped Detailing
Case Dimensions
41mm Diameter
Water Resistance
200M
Dial
Black, domed
Bracelet and Strap
Option of: steel with gold-capped center links including clasp with safety catch, brown leather strap, or nylon strap
Movement
cal. MT5813, automatic winding, chronograph with date, chronometer certified
Functions
Time (HH:MM:SS), date, chronograph with 45-minute register
Retail Price
6,360 Euros on bracelet and 5,240 Euros on strap
Special Note(s)
Available June 2019
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Michael Stockton

Michael was born in South Florida in the USA. As a full-time role, he works in the Automotive Industry. He's lived and worked in many locations and when he's not cruising at 30,000 feet, he calls Germany home. Michael became... read more

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