The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is one of those iconic dive watches that has made its mark in the watch industry. Since making its debut at the Baselworld in 2018, alongside the gorgeous Tudor Heritage Black Bay GMT, this brilliant timepiece has become the rave of the moment and for several reasons.
Besides being touted as the Rolex-killer, this impeccable timepiece features some jaw-dropping specs that will instantly fascinate watch lovers. From its brilliant design to its fine detailing and extraordinary finishing, the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is no doubt the best Black Bay model yet.
But don’t just take our words for it. Stay with us as we take you through a detailed review of Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight.
About Tudor watches
The Tudor watch brand is a Swiss luxury brand that is based in Geneva. Established in 1926 by Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor brand is among the finest manufacturers of luxury wristwatches globally. And since they are a sister company to Rolex SA, seeing that the same person owns them, it’s easy to see why both brands strive to outdoor each other.
While Rolex watches are trendy, especially among people interested in luxury watches, the Tudor brand has become famous for its tool watches since the brand channels more effort to produce top-notch tool watches for professional divers and the military.
Because of how iconic Tudor watches are, several navies worldwide commissioned Tudor Submariners to their divers. As a matter of fact, Tudor dive watches are extremely popular among the US Navy Seals.
- Case: Features a 39mm steel case with satin finish
- Crown: Spots a steel screw-down winding crown along with the signature Tudor rose in relief
- Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable bezel
- Crystal: Domed sapphire
- Movement: Powered by Calibre MT5402 movement with self-winding and bidirectional rotor system
- Water resistance: 200m
- Power reserve: 70 hours
- Weight: 4.8 ounce
- Bracelet: Riveted steel bracelet with satin finish
Black Bay 58 vs. Tudor Heritage
The Tudor Black Bay 58 features some superb specs that will blow your mind away. But how does it compare to the Tudor Heritage? Read on to learn more about these exceptional timepieces and what makes them a must-have.
For starters, the dimension of these watches is one of their most significant differences. While the Black Bay 58 has a 39mm diameter and an 11.9mm thickness, Tudor Black Heritage comes in at 41mm and a 14.75mm thickness.
Another exciting thing about the Black Bay 58 is that it comes with the Tudor signature caliber MT50452 movement, missing from the Tudor Black Bay Heritage model.
Overall, both watches are exceptional and have what it takes to rival the big boys from other brands.
Black Bay 58 Case
This exceptional timepiece features a stainless steel case with a height of up to 11.9mm. While this is slightly thinner than its bigger brothers with 41mm and 15mm case thickness, we love that it feels comfortable and perfect for everyday use.
Its oversized crown gives a glimpse of the first Tudor dive watches designed to be waterproofed up to 200 mm.
Also, the screw-down winding crown is highlighted by the Tudor rose in relief, which sits above the satin-brushed steel.
Like all other Tudor Black Bay watches, this one is a pleasure to wind and set.
Black Bay 58 Movement
The Tudor Black Bay 58 is powered by the brand’s signature caliber MT5402 movement, which unsurprisingly is COSC certified. And that’s because its movement can maintain a -4/+6 variation per day.
To add to its credibility, owners of Black Bay 58 have reported exceptional accuracy as the watch was able to maintain a -12 seconds per day difference over 93 days.
With a whopping 70-hour power reserve, very few watches can deliver the kind of performance you get with Tudor Black Bay 58.
Black Bay 58 Dial
If you want a minimalist dial, especially one that is easy to read, then you’ll not be disappointed to give the Tudor Black Bay 58 a try.
We are particularly thrilled that the dial of this watch will give other lifestyle-favored dive watches along with other expensive models a run for their money.
For starters, the Black Bay 58 features perfectly snowflaked hands with just the right shape and size that makes for hassle-free legibility. Also, its blob and rectangle-shaped indices make time reading a walk in the park.
We love that the gold second-hand doesn’t distract this watch from its primary responsibility of time-telling. Plus, its diamond tip comes alive in the dark.
With an aluminum bezel that features pink gilded minute markers which run from zero to 15 minutes, it’s easy to see why this watch is popular among the US Navy.
Using the tiny red triangle nicely fitted at the bezel’s noon, setting the bezel at your preferred spot relative to the dial is easy, quick, and precise.
If you want a watch dial that nicely blends utility and simplicity, this is the one for you.
Black Bay 58 Bracelet
Even though the Black Bay 58 comes with a leather or fabric strap, you’re definitely missing out if you purchase this watch without the bracelet. To be honest, a Tudor dive watch is incomplete without the bracelet.
As per the bracelet, the Black Bay 58 features the famous rivet style bracelet introduced by the company a few years ago. Many people have come to love this bracelet for its solid design.
Even though the caps on the sides give it that early 50s look, you’ll be happy to learn that the bracelet is easy to size.
- Water-resistant up to 200m
- Provides users the opportunity to choose the perfect bracelet or size
- The dial is protected by Domed sapphire
- It is powered by Tudor’s signature caliber MT5402 movement.
- It is a tad expensive.
Frequently asked questions
Is the Tudor Black Bay 58 water-resistant?
Like many other dive watches out there, the Tudor Black Bay 58 is water-resistant up to 200m. And if you know anything about dive watches, you’ll agree that it doesn’t get better than this.
Does Tudor Black Bay 58 have automatic movement?
Powered by Tudor’s signature caliber MT5402 movement with a whopping 70-hours power reserve, the Tudor Black Bay 58 has one of the most accurate automatic movements we have come across.
Is Tudor Black Bay worth it?
Built to compete with some of the best dive watches out there, we have no doubt that this brilliant watch will go toe-to-toe with the best dive watches out there. Also, its time-tested design and impressive movement make it worth adding to your collection.
Whether you’re a seasoned watch collector or someone just starting out, rest assured that the Black Bay 58 will blow you away with its pristine design and overall appeal. Trust us when we say this timepiece shines in simplicity and performance.