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Review Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470 (Live Pics, Specs & Price)

For the reason that introduction of two essential watches inside the Tudor assortment, particularly the Black Bay GMT and the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, the watch neighborhood has one way or the other been asking for a mixture of the 2 ideas. Principally, a Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight GMT. And one way or the other, this might have existed, but Tudor determined to spice issues up a little bit bit. And the result’s this watch, the Tudor Black Bay Professional. Sure, it’s 39mm just like the BB58. And sure, it has a GMT operate, just like the BB Pepsi. However no, it’s not only a easy mix of those two. What the BB Professional is is definitely pretty totally different, quite cool, very a lot a device watch that may do all of it. And, a minimum of to me, it actually is among the greatest instrument watches I’ve seen this yr. However being a fan of the Explorer II (older fashions, in fact, not the massive fashionable variations), this watch one way or the other speaks to me. Though, we’ll see, it isn’t good both. 

If I needed to make it brief, the brand new Tudor Black Bay Professional is the right journey watch. It’s sturdy, legible, it incorporates a GMT complication for travelling, it could possibly dive, it’s meant for use and abused, it’s totally geared up… Principally, the type of one-watch assortment you’d wish to have for weekends and leisure actions. The one factor it could possibly’t actually do is being every week/enterprise watch to be worn with a proper apparel. However then once more, fewer and fewer of us are literally sporting a swimsuit at work. A do-it-all, wear-it-everywhere watch. Let’s take a look on the particulars.

Not a BB58 with GMT…

As mentioned, the brand new Black Bay Professional isn’t precisely what a number of the model’s fans have anticipated. There was a transparent demand for a smaller sized BB GMT (as a reminder, a 41mm watch with a 14.6mm thickness and fairly a lug-to-lug presence), which may have been completed inside the BB 58 case with a bidirectional rotating bezel. However, Tudor thought in another way and created what’s certainly a extra compact GMT watch, but with a barely totally different interpretation. We’re right here transferring away from the standard codes of the dive watch world or traditional GMT inspirations, to enter principally the identical idea as a Rolex Explorer II. And meaning an journey instrument watch, which isn’t meant for a particular function however is sweet for a lot of issues. A couple of diving credentials, some travelling capacities, a robustness that makes it appropriate for exploration or any tough terrain, or perhaps a sky-compliant design.

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470

Fundamentals… The Tudor Black Bay Professional is a 39mm watch with the traditional case of the gathering. It’s manufactured from 316L stainless-steel, it’s principally brushed with polished bevels, and the edges of each the case and the bracelet are additionally polished. Nothing new right here, a minimum of for the central a part of the case. The identical will be mentioned concerning the caseback, which is of low curiosity visually, solely price mentioning it’s screwed and along with the screw-down crown, the Black Bay Professional is rated as a 200m water resistant watch. Talking of the crown, you’ll discover one thing fairly particular – and no, I’m not speaking concerning the rose brand engraved, however its precise form. The crown has a brand new design, the place the skinny fluted profile and aluminium tube have been changed by a traditional, extra deeply notched crown… the Rolex method when you like, because it was once the case prior to now.

Framing the traditional domed sapphire crystal, a recurring ingredient on all Black Bay watches that participates within the retro look of the gathering, is a brand new bezel. No bidirectional rotating metal bezel with aluminium insert, however as a substitute a hard and fast metal bezel, completed with a good-looking radial brushed floor and an engraved, black-filled 24h scale that’s actually paying homage to the bezel discovered of the first-generation Explorer II reference 1655. Little question that this ingredient is among the fundamental causes for the coolness of this watch. It’s fairly stunning to see it used on a Tudor, however since Rolex isn’t making many references to the previous in its fashionable collections, the Rose is actually a great vector to carry again a number of the Crown’s coolest design cues.

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470 side and thickness

Let’s now handle the principle matter of debate about this Tudor Black Bay Professional… Its thickness. We’ve seen a number of feedback on our personal channels and on Instagram relating to the truth that the case was excessive. Absolutely, and regardless that we weren’t in a position to exactly measure it (not likely an possibility throughout a watch truthful), the case is about 14.5mm/14.6mm in peak, which is coincidentally the very same because the Black Bay GMT Pepsi. This isn’t a shock, because the two share the identical motion and the identical water-resistance. So sure, this Black Bay Professional is sort of thick, greater than a BB58 for certain (which is about 12mm in peak), however not overly thick both. That is extra a sense, a visible sensation because of the extra compact case and the truth that Tudor tends to make casebands that go right down to the caseback, and don’t use domed casebacks. So all in all, sure the watch has some heft however as soon as on the wrist, it isn’t thicker than a traditional 41mm GMT or a Black Bay 41 Diver.

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470

Let’s now discuss concerning the dial and the truth that it has fairly some particular options. At first, it feels traditional, with a domed profile and a matte grained texture over a black color. There’s a railroad minute observe on the periphery, the trendy defend brand and model title at 12 o’clock, and three strains of textual content at 6 o’clock, together with a yellow depth price. Additionally, the utilized markers really feel acquainted, with a mixture of dots, rectangles and a triangle at 12 o’clock. Besides that… these utilized markers should not metallic and later full of luminous paint. These are made out of blocks of luminous ceramic, with a slight cream color. And the 3D impact not solely appears to be like very cool but additionally enhances the technical, instrumental design of the watch. The arms are typical Tudor, with a Snowflake profile and huge quantities of Grade A Tremendous-LumiNova.

Most significantly, the Tudor Black Bay Professional is in the beginning a dual-time watch, with an impartial 24h hand that can be utilized both to show a further time zone or to point if it’s day or evening. The indication is right here displayed due to a yellow Snowflake hand, once more a tribute to some superb classic GMT watches of the mother-brand… The operate is a so-called actual GMT, the place it’s the native time hand (the principle, shorter, cream-coloured Snowflake hand) that strikes in one-hour increments, both backwards or forwards. The date, an indispensable operate on a GMT watch (agree with me or not, however the date is required right here), is displayed by means of an aperture positioned at 3 o’clock and is, in fact, coupled with the native time hand. General, legibility is nice, evening or day. And all settings are completed by the crown.

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470 wristshot

As usually with watches by Tudor, you’ll have a number of strap/bracelet choices for the Black Bay Professional. First, and possibly essentially the most related, is a metal bracelet. It comes with the traditional riveted profile, is fully brushed on flat surfaces and incorporates a folding clasp. Curiously, the latter is fitted with the T-fit micro-adjustment system (extension as much as 8mm in 5 positions), which was first launched on the BB58 Bronze. The Black Bay Professional can be obtainable with a hybrid strap in black rubber and cloth with a folding clasp, or with a black-and-yellow Jacquard cloth strap made by Julien Faure in France.

Contained in the Tudor Black Bay Professional is similar motion because the Black Bay GMT, particularly the manufacture Calibre MT5652 made by long-time associate Kenissi. This computerized motion is chronometer-certified by COSC and fitted with an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring. Additionally, the variable inertia stability is held in place by a sturdy transversal bridge. The motion beats at 4Hz and shops as much as 70 hours of energy reserve, as soon as totally wound by its bidirectional rotor. Concerning the precision, regardless that COSC requirements are between -4 and +6 seconds, Tudor insists on between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its working when watches are fully assembled. A well known motion, which has confirmed dependable and exact, and is right here fitted with a sensible GMT operate. Its 7.52mm peak actually participates within the total thickness of the watch.

Ideas on the Tudor Black Bay Professional

Being a fan of the older variations of the Explorer II, I’ll actually give right here a biased opinion, a minimum of relating to the appears to be like. With its mixture of super-robust case, correct water-resistance, extra compact diameter and, principally, this very cool fastened, radially-brushed 24h bezel and yellow GMT hand, I have to say that this BB Professional actually is among the most interesting device/instrument watches I’ve seen lately. It has all of it, can do all of it and even appears to be like quite beautiful within the steel.

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470

Now, when you have a look at the info, Tudor has as soon as once more introduced right here a powerful bundle. The general execution of the watch is exact and really neat. The BB Professional is totally geared up, with a chronometer manufacture motion, new revolutionary supplies on the dial and a bracelet that isn’t solely cool wanting but additionally comfy, strong and adjustable. It’s anti-magnetic, it could possibly dive, it has a sensible GMT operate, and is full of historic references that may converse to observe nerds like me, and even to a wider viewers searching for a enjoyable wanting device watch.

It’s exhausting to say, however there’s not a lot to complain about right here, particularly when contemplating the worth at which Tudor is retailing this watch. The peak of the case will definitely push some away, however not me. And the look of this Black Bay Professional is unquestionably totally different from the BB58 GMT some have been anticipating, so it may not be as consensual as a extra traditional Pepsi watch. However on my facet, I actually love this new Tudor…

Tudor Black Bay Pro GMT 79470

Availability & Value

The Tudor Black Bay Professional reference 79470 might be obtainable from the model’s retailers within the coming 2 to three weeks. It gained’t be restricted in manufacturing or numbers and might be priced at EUR 3,750 on the metal bracelet and EUR 3,450 on the 2 strap choices. It comes with a five-year transferable assure. For extra particulars, please go to