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Tudor Evolves the Black Bay with METAS Chronometer Calibre for 2024

Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU

It’s not hyperbolic to say that when Tudor launched the original Black Bay back in the halcyon days of 2012, it made them. There’s a reason that 12 years on, it’s still their most popular, emblematic timepiece. But even a modern classic can use a touch-up every now and then, which is precisely what Tudor have done for the Black Bay 2024, with a handsome new monochromatic colourway and METAS movement.

Now, there’s nothing particularly bells-and-whistles new here. What it is instead is a subtle evolution of the formular. Predominantly, that means a slightly slimmer 41mm case, taking out a bit of the heft of the previous version and helping it sit nicer in that boardroom-to-bar niche that Black Bay perfectly fills. Don’t worry, it still has 200m water resistance.

Tudor Black Bay 41mm METAS 7941A1A0NU

The ergonomics too have been tweaked, with an easier to grip bezel and redesigned crown. The crown’s ostensibly inspired by historical models. I’m not a Tudor scholar so I can’t say for sure, but it’s a marked improvement for usability either way.

Tudor Black Bay 41mm METAS 7941A1A0NU

The look here is straightforward and monochromatic, in keeping with its tool watch vibes. Black dial, black diving bezel, white lumed indexes and that signature snowflake hand, all very Tudor. There’s something OCD-pleasing about its simplicity. If you wanted reliability expressed in visual form, this would do it.

Tudor Black Bay 41mm METAS 7941A1A0NU

Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU

More interestingly, it’s also Master Chronometer certified. Until recently, Omega were the only people really using METAS’ extra severe testing methods, largely because it requires a whole manufacture space to accommodate. When Tudor opened their new manufacture in 2021, they took the opportunity to do just that with the Black Bay Ceramic. It’s good to see that they’re still pushing it here, especially in what’s going to be their new flagship.

Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU

The movement being tested, incidentally, is the MT5602-U which is COSC-certified (a prerequisite of METAS certification, as you can read here) and has a more-than-solid 70-hour power reserve and silicon balance spring. It’s got some serious watchmaking chops behind it.

Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU
Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU
Tudor Black Bay 41mm 2024 METAS 7941A1A0NU

The overhauled watch comes on three different straps: an archivally flavoured three-link rivet style number, a dressier five-link bracelet with both brushed and polished links and a dive-ready rubber strap. The rubber is the entry point at £3,630, making this a serious value proposition. It’s not about to get new buyers excited about the brand, but if you were already considering a Black Bay, this is all very good news.

Price and Specs:

Model: Tudor Black Bay
Ref: 7941A1A0NU
Case: 41mm diameter x 13.6mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Black
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Tudor calibre MT5602-U, automatic, 25 jewels, METAS-certified
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 70h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Strap: 3-link or 5-link stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap
Price: £3,630 (rubber strap), £3,820 (three-link bracelet) and £3,910 (five-link bracelet)

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.