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Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gets a Full Yellow Gold Bracelet

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K M79018V-0006

Back in 2021 Tudor released a pair of precious metal Black Bay 58s in silver and 18k gold to mixed reception. People lapped up the silver edition with its cool anthracite dial but the gold edition raised questions about should dive watches be presented in gold (Rolex evidently believe they should be with the new Deepsea). A few years later, the gold model has made a return with the Tudor Black Bay 58 18k 2024 and it’s now in full gold thanks to a new gold bracelet.

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K M79018V-0006

The term ‘full material’ gets tossed around a lot in the watch industry, mostly by journalists, and what it means is poorly defined. I would say that a full gold watch should have a gold case body, bezel, caseback and bracelet. But sometimes it’s used inaccurately to describe watches that have a hint of other metals such gold watches with a titanium caseback etc. With the 2024 edition of the Tudor Black Bay 58 18k there can be no question that it’s full gold because every aspect of its case and bracelet are now golden.

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K M79018V-0006

Focussing in on the gold bracelet that completes the full gold design, it has a three-link design with satin-brushed finish and t-fit clasp. The design of the clasp allows for rapid length adjustment based on five positions along an 8mm window. Ideal for instant changes. It’s definitely a step up in luxury compared to the original leather strap, although I still think a nice leather strap looks great on a gold watch.

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K M79018V-0006

Like its predecessor, the Tudor Black Bay 58 18k 2024 has a 39mm diameter case with a uni-directional rotating bezel. Both the bezel and dial are a slightly desaturated shade of forest green with a matte finish. Now that the standard Black Bay has been reduced to 41mm with a slimmer profile, the designs of it and the 58 feel like they’re slowly converging. However, the interesting use of materials, colours and the retro seconds hands of the 58 makes it stand out dramatically from its contemporary counterpart.

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K M79018V-0006

It’s powered by the calibre MT5400 automatic COSC chronometer movement. It’s the same movement as used in the 2021 edition, meaning it has the same specifications of a 70-hour power reserve and 4 Hz frequency. The combination of a relatively high spec movement and full gold design means the Tudor Black Bay 58 18k 2024 has a price of £27,610. It feels like I’ve been repeating myself a lot recently – I’m glad that collectors have another option but it’s not exactly the most exciting update to talk about.

Price and Specs:

Model: Tudor Black Bay 58 18K
Ref: M79018V-0006
Case: 39mm diameter x 12.7mm thickness, 18k yellow gold, unidirectional rotatable bezel
Dial: Green with anodised aluminium and gold gilded markings and numerals
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Tudor calibre MT5400, automatic with bidirectional rotor system, COSC-certified, 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 70h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Strap: Three-link 18k yellow gold bracelet with satin finish and “T-fit” clasp
Price: £27,610

More details at Tudor.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.