A classical diver that got every ingredient right and scored a win at the recent GPHG ceremony.
Having your watches in blue is kind of a mainstream now. During the last five years this color somehow became a staple in watchmaking, and quite likely, you’ve got some blue-colored beauties in your collection too. So what’s the deal with the blue Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight? Well, sometimes, the given color feels so natural with particular watch, that it just ‘clicks’, and the ‘Navy Blue’ surely falls in this category. Of course, it appears the color choice was rooted back in Tudor heritage, the 1950s watch fashion, and diving history, but let us for once skip all this marketing nonsense and see this nice little blue tool for what it really is: a sporty everyday timepiece that mixes the classical formula just right.
In fact, every detail working so smoothly with the other could be the exact reason why the Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’ took home the Challenge prize during the recent GPHG ceremony. The 39-mm steel case is classical Tudor. The super clean dial is blessed with a no-date symmetrical perfection that is worshiped so much by some watch purists. Three central hands, with the hour hand being a so-called snowflake, are covered with plenty of lume and together with large inlaid hour-markers provide legibility even in poor light conditions.
The later could be especially useful underwater, and thanks to the screw-down crown, a 200-meter water-resistance rating, and a unidirectional 60-minute bezel, the Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’ can be proudly called a proper diving watch. The in-house calibre MT5402 goes along with all the must-haves for a modern automatic movement, including the reassuring 70-hour power reserve and antimagnetic silicon escapement. The caseback is solid, so no exhibition windows here, instead you’re getting a COSC chronometer certification, meaning the calibre is tested for ticking within the threshold of -4 and +6 seconds per day.
Besides the obvious bracelet option, one could also opt for extremely cool trademark fabric strap, making the Black Bay Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’ look a lot more relaxed. But regardless of the strap options, being priced at CHF 3’500, this Tudor ref.79030B remains a solid proposition considering any competition imaginable.
Dec. 11, 2020