A One-of-a-Kind Tudor Black Bay Heritage (Ref 7923/001)

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 new vs old - Perpetuelle

Participating in Only Watch (during which 44 watches, each a unique piece, will auction for charity) for the first time, Tudor has created this unique Heritage Black Bay One.  The piece reinterprets Tudor’s vintage Submariner reference 7923, one of the brand’s least known references from the 1950s. The only diver’s watch Tudor ever made with a hand-wound movement, it borrows design features from the original including a glossy black dial with gilt printing, gold baton hands, two lines of text including the depth rating, and patinated luminous hour markers.  The depth rating printed in red, as well as the red triangle underlying the luminous dot on the bezel at 12 o’clock, are unique to this model.  The watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, housing a self-winding Tudor caliber 2824 movement.   The Heritage Black Bay One will include an aged brown leather strap and a grey, jacquard-weave fabric NATO-style strap.

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 caseband and lugs - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

Only Watch 2015 takes place November 7, 2015, with the watches to be sold going on a six city “world tour” starting on September 23rd.

You can browse other interesting pieces that are part of the 2015 Only Watch lineup, right here>>>

Did You Know?

The Tudor Submariner Ref 7923 is the only Tudor diver’s watch ever made with a hand-wound movement.

Buying Time: Big Name Ceramic Watches

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon 311. - Govberg for Perpeutelle

In this week’s edition of Buying Time, I am excited to present you with a group of watches that are all cased in ceramic, with a wide selection of color and price to choose from.  Available through our friends at Govberg Jewelers, all these pre-owned watches are from “big name” brands that know a thing or two about a properly made ceramic watch.  From an affordable, Ducati-inspired Tudor to a big & bold IWC Big Pilot, with a pair of superb ceramic Omega Speedmasters and a killer-looking all-black Panerai Luminor in between, this is a lineup of ceramic watches that will have you rolling up your sleeves and holding your wrist high so that even the most casual of watch enthusiasts can pay their respects to your #wristgame.

Now, I think you all know the merits of ceramic (i.e. it looks fantastic and is virtually impossible to scratch or scuff), as well as the downsides (not a watch you want to drop on a concrete sidewalk due to its brittleness), so let’s jump right on in to this week’s selection.

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Baselworld 2014: Tudor Heritage Ranger

 Tudor Ranger New and Old

The Tudor Ranger is the brand’s new entry level piece.  It is part of the brand’s “Heritage” collection which means it is a reissue of a watch from Tudor’s past — in this case, the Ranger from 1957.  Though the 41mm steel cased Ranger is a sober, “plain Jane” kind of watch that some of you watch guys might knock it for, it does have some cool strap options to jazz it up a bit.  The watch has a quality, though common, ETA 2824 automatic mechanical movement in it.  It will list at $2,700 on a strap and $2,800 on a bracelet, making it squarely aimed at the entry level watch guy who could one day become a repeat Tudor buyer, or even better, upgrade to a Rolex buyer.

Specs and LOTS of pics below