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Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 6 min read
True Blue
Options takes the Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue by Tudor out for a spin and this is the verdict
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THE EDGE SINGAPORE - The press release of Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue had images of the watch in gorgeous blue but it did not do it justice until the actual object was delivered to me.

Unboxing the timepiece, I was greeted with a shade of blue that is difficult to describe: Not quite the colour of the ocean nor the sky. The model I tried on features a “Tudor Blue” dial and bezel insert with blue fabric strap made using the Jacquard technique.

The Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue comes with an interesting past. In 1969, Tudor introduced a divers’ watch with a blue dial and bezel. As the colour blue was also found in the other sports watches by Tudor, the name “Tudor Blue” was coined. The watch was not only used for sport but in the 1970s, it was standard issue for the French Navy.

Other pleasing features include the matt domed dial with applied hour markers and the iconic “snowflake” hands that are present in all of Tudor’s divers’ watches since 1969.

I put the watch to the test over the next few days. It is an easy piece to use. Firstly, the 39mm steel case that will fit on most wrists, man or woman. The watch caught the eye of a couple I met at a nursery over the weekend and they asked how I managed to get my hands on the watch as it has a waiting list. It secretly made me feel like I belong to an exclusive club.

The fabric strap is woven in France on 19th-Century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure Company in the StEtienne region. This year, Tudor and the 150-year-old company celebrate 10 years of partnership. The strap is comfortable to wear, easy to adjust and dries very quickly should it get wet it like it did while I was doing the dishes or from sweat when I took it through a game of tennis.

The watch is designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision, and is waterproof to a depth of 200m. It also comes with a variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation. Together with its non-magnetic silicon hairspring, the Manufacture Calibre MT5402 is chronometer-certified by the by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The other tech details you should know is that COSC allows for an average variation in the daily running rate of a watch movement of between –4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time, Tudor applies an even stricter tolerance of between –2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its daily rate on the watch fully assembled.

The watch is also “weekend-proof”, meaning the Manufacture MT5402 Calibre has a power reserve of about 70 hours. I love this function as I could take the watch off on a Friday evening and put it back again on Monday morning without having to wind and reset it.

My verdict: It is a watch that you wear anytime of the day, play a sport with it, use it when dressed up or with jeans, lounge around at home with it while you prepare a meal and wash up after. Those were the things I did while the Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue was on my wrist.

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