WOTY 2014: Tudor Black Bay Midnight Blue


Highly Commended. Sports Watches of the Year 2014.

This watch is testament to the power of good colour choice. The first Black Bay was an immediate success, at least in part, because of the rich, burgundy shade of its bezel that seemed to evoke the era its design stemmed from.

Getting the colour right for the second version must have taken months and led to many sleepless nights among the Tudor designers. Getting it wrong could have brought a halt to the runaway success of the Black Bay. But Tudor seem to possess near-infallibility at present and the Midnight Blue’s launch echoed with the praise of its predecessor’s.

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The strength of the Black Bay collection, now with two powerful models, was a major part of the drawer for UK retailers seeking to become authorised dealers earlier this year.

The watch is one of the most stylish in this incredibly competitive category and is one of the few that could be worn as easily with a lounge suit as it could a wetsuit. But should your interests be purely sporting the Tudor offers water resistance to 200m and a unidirectional rotating bezel.

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