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Tudor turns prototype US Navy watch into production model 50 years after it was rejected

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Only the most passionate students of Tudor’s history will be aware of a prototype watch developed in the 1960s for the US Navy that never made it into production, but archivists at the brand have kept a record and now a model inspired by its design is being made in the form of the Black Bay P01.

The 1967 prototype project, code named Commando, never came to fruition, but its its unique design is being brought to life and mass-produced 50 years later.

Tudor describes the P01 as a cross between a divers’ watch and a sailing watch. Its most striking design feature is a hinged end-link system connecting the steel watch head to its leather strap and gives the illusion of an extra long case, which is only 42mm in diameter. It has a bidirectional steel bezel and crown at 4 o’clock.

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Inside is a manufacture Calibre MT5612, COSC-certified with silicon balance spring and 70-hour power reserve.

Its black 3-hand dial has a date at 6 o’clock and Tudor’s signature snowflake hands.

It will go on sale in July priced at $3950.

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