Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight Blue
- Condition: Excellent
- Model: 79030B
- Movement: Automatic
- Strap Length: 200mm
- Scope: Box & Papers
- Year: 2021
- Case Width: 39mm
- Listing ID: SD023977
|Scope||Original Box & Papers|
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This watch is in excellent condition, with light handling marks only.
Comes in original box, documents and hang tag. Guarantee card dated and present.
While the relaunch of the Tudor brand was hugely successful, there were many who thought the new Black Bay was too large. In response to this, Tudor released the Black Bay Fifty-Eight in 2018, which featured a new, thinner movement packed into a 39mm case. Ironically, the new watch was closer to the original Rolex Submariner than Rolex's own current-generation watch.
For most of its history, Tudor was seen as Rolex's little brother. Today, Tudor may still be part of the same family, but the little brother has now grown into a full-fledged watchmaking powerhouse in itself.
Tudor originated as a sub-brand for Rolex, using most of the same parts but equipped with a cheaper bought-in movement. For most of its existence, it closely followed Rolex's designs, producing Submariners , Day-Dates and Datejusts (called the Prince Date).
By the late 90s and early 2000s, Tudor had gained a reputation for being a 'poor man's Rolex'. However, this changed after the 2009 brand relaunch, where Tudor came out with distinctive new designs. After Rolex's switch to ceramic bezels for its sports models, Tudor stuck with its guns and began offering a new modernised dive watches in the form of the Pelagos and Black Bay. These new watches, combined with the 'warmer', retro-inspired aesthetic retained by Tudor, meant that it developed a distinct identity from Rolex.
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