When you think about the origins of the Rolex Submariner, something probably like the Tudor Heritage Black Bay should come to mind.
I’ve had this watch for a few years, and at one point had both the red and blue versions of the Black Bay. But I ended up trading the blue one and keeping the red – the combination of the matte bezel, brown dial and gold hands make this version of the watch much more distinctive in my opinion.
Straps & Bracelets
Like most Tudors, this watch comes with both the standard strap (in this case a distressed brown leather strap with stainless steel deployant) and a NATO strap. I also have the stainless steel bracelet from the blue Black Bay that I traded. But this is a strap watch and not a bracelet one, in my opinion…
There are so many things I like about this watch. Certainly, the watch’s heritage (pun intended) is a big one. Second is that domed/bubble sapphire crystal. It’s really distinctive and plays with the light on the brown dial underneath it.
And as I mentioned above, I think the 79220R adds so much on top of the blue. The brown dial and gold hands give the watch a lot more classic (and aged) feel. The distressed leather strap is ok – I like what they tried to do here but wish it were a bit more thick and meaty. It’s saving grace is the excellent Tudor deployant clasp – it’s extremely comfortable and also is appropriate for the watch – not too fancy but also very well executed.
The volume of lume on the Rolex Maxi-Dial like face is also great when you’re in a dark room or movie theatre. And the blocks of lume on the end of the seconds and hour hand really make legibility (in the light or dark) really strong.
But one of the little things that I love about this watch (and something you can’t see as well on the blue version) is the strip of red on the crown tube. What a cool addition that makes me smile every time I look at it.
This is a great watch and there is a reason it was awarded the Revival Prize at 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. It’s fairly priced, checks all of the right boxes for a heritage/tribute and is a great addition to my collection. I also think this is the watch that made many people realize that Tudor Was Back and was a brand that could go out and expand its legs from beyond being the “poor man’s Rolex” (and I say that very affectionally).
WHAT I LIKE:
- The red on the bezel (and that crown tube) is perfect
- The domed sapphire
- Really nice case finishing (satin/polished contrast going up the lugs) for a watch at this price point
NOT SO MUCH:
- The distressed leather strap should be thicker
MODEL NAME: Tudor Heritage Black Bay – Red
REFERENCE NUMBER: 79220R
MOVEMENT: ETA 2824 (38 hour power reserve)
CASE SIZE: 41mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 200m/660ft
MANUFACTURER LINK: http://www.tudorwatch.com/#/en/heritage-black-bay/