Tudor recently introduced a new watch based on a legendary prototype developed in the late 1960s and proposed the the US Navy.
Tudor has been supplying the US Navy with divers’ watches since the late 1950s, and in 1967 the watch manufacturer began development of a technical model to replace the Oyster Prince Submariner 7928 reference, which was standard-issue at that time. This 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 Tudor’s engineers. A development phase was launched which resulted in the production of prototypes, but in the end it was never realized as the regular Tudor diver’s watch was adopted by the US Navy.
Crafted in a contemporary sporty spirit, while at the same time adopting the principle of the winding crown at 4 o’clock and the prominent end-links of the 1960s model. A cross between a diver’s watch and and a navigator’s watch, the new timepiece reflects the exploratory nature of the project. In addition, the black Bay P01 is fitted with a stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel based based on a locking and disassembling system of the prototype.
The case of the Black Bay P01 is entirely satin-brushed for a matt finish, comes in a diameter of 42 mm and is water-resistant up to 200 metres.
A domed matt-black dial displays hours, minutes, seconds and a date window. For ideal readability, it is painted luminescent hour markers.
The Tudor Black Bay P01 is powered by an in-house movement, the caliber MT5612. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. The openwork rotor is satin-brushed with sand-blasted details; its bridges and main plate are also decorated.
The Tudo Black Bay P01 is equipped with a hybrid leather and rubber strap.