We’ve got exclusive hands-on pictures of the latest addition to the Black Bay family – a Harrods edition in trademark green that’s set to be an instant collector favourite
By Chris Hall
You all know the Tudor Heritage Black Bay (if you don’t, catch up here). It’s the lodestone of modern-day Tudor, a watch design that has become synonymous with the brand’s revived fortunes and loved for its simple proposition and bold, colourful charm.
Such is the success of the watch that we have long since stopped predicting when Tudor would call time on new variants. And now, lo, here is another one. It is a special edition produced exclusively in partnership with Harrods: as such the Knightsbridge department store’s trademark shade of green has been deployed liberally, and it will be sold exclusively through Harrods’ Fine Watch Room.
The big thing, of course, is the green bezel: a third colour added to the steel Black Bay’s ranks (fifth if you count stainless steel or black). It’s a great shade of mid-green, slightly military at times and olive-y at others. It plays well with the gilt-edged cream of the lume plots and golden minute track (something very Rolex about green-and-gold, of course), but if you look closer there are more subtle green details too.
As you can see in the picture above, the tip of the seconds hand has been coloured green – it’s not normally coloured at all – and the depth rating text on the dial is also in green. Really eagle-eyed readers will also notice that the depth rating has been reversed to be “feet first”, to better reflect Harrods’ innate Britishness, we’re told.
On the caseback is a Harrods engraving to further denote that this is no ordinary Heritage Black Bay. It’s not a limited edition, however: Tudor doesn’t “do” limited editions (even the left-handed Pelagos wasn’t limited); nevertheless each one is individually numbered on the caseback and production is likely to be more exclusive than existing versions of the Black Bay. In all other regards it is the same watch: 200m water resistance; 41mm case width; screw-down crown; dive bezel; in-house automatic calibre MT5602.
Which makes this all the more pleasing to report: the price is no different from any other stainless steel Tudor Black Bay – £2,630. It comes on a steel bracelet as standard, and includes a fabric strap, which is how we chose to wear it here. The strap uses standard pin bars so if you wanted to fit one of Tudor’s distressed leather straps, or any other strap, you could do that too.
Wearing it on the fabric brings only one mild cavil – some buyers may find that this raises the watch off the wrist just a touch too much. The Black Bay is already a fairly thick watch and that little bit extra does add bulk. As you can see though, it will still fit under a shirt cuff (just). But if you’re anything like us, this isn’t likely to be an issue – hot off a startlingly good result for the one-off Black Bay Bronze at Only Watch 2017, Tudor has done it again.