If ever there were a good time to compliment a brand on actually following replica watch consumer taste trends, it is with today’s modern Tudor. For Baselworld 2016, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze reference 79250BM introduces the brand’s first bronze case as well as an in-house-made Tudor movement into the popular Heritage Black Bay series. What’s even better is that this new version of the Tudor Black Bay is actually different enough to compel existing Tudor Black Bay replica watch owners to add it to their collection.
Last year, in 2015, Tudor announced their first in-house-made movements which were in the North Flag as well as Pelagos collections. There was speculation that the caliber MT5612 (or one like it) would eventually show up in a Black Bay (aBlogtoreplica watch review here) model timepiece. What Tudor did was discontinue the first generation Pelagos replica watches with base Swiss ETA movements in favor of their new in-house-made movements. It appears that Tudor might be doing something similar with the Heritage Black Bay collection, but for now, it seems that Tudor Black Bay replica watches will be produced both with models that use ETA movements and those that use their own in-house MT (“Manufacture Tudor”) movements.
Tudor was clever enough to make this new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze replica watch with the in-house movement more than just a case material variant. Not only is the dial different – though still in line with Tudor’s history of military and dive replica watches – but the case is also a bit larger, growing from 41mm wide in size to 43mm.
Bronze as a case material exists in various alloys, just as not all “stainless steel” metals are the same. Many people do not realize that there are various versions of 316L-grade steel. The particular form of bronze Tudor uses for the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Replica is an “aluminum bronze alloy.” One of the smaller concepts mentioned by Tudor is potentially very important. Tudor mentions that the bronze case material on the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze is specially brushed so as to ensure an even level of patina formation. Why is this important? Well, all bronze replica watch cases change in color over time as the metal reacts to the oxygen in the air. This color change is fondly referred by those who like the “vintage effect” as a “patina.” What can happen on some bronze cases, though, is what I’ll call a “stain” or “blotching” effect, meaning that while the entire case is getting a patina, parts of it are uneven or get blotchy.
Tudor specifies that “the Heritage Black Bay Bronze has entirely brushed finishes that guarantee a homogeneous development of the patina.” If this works out how we anticipate it will, then it means owners of the 79250BM replica watch will receive a very cool-looking and even patina effect over time which should “mature” a few years after initial purchase. As a color, bronze is quite attractive and a very “sensible” alternative to, say… gold. With the bronze color comes new attractive dial and accent color options such as brown.
Brown as a replica watch color wasn’t very popular until someone at a marketing department decided it was better to call it “chocolate.” The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze has a brown-colored anodized aluminum insert in the rotating diver’s-style bezel, as well as a matching dial with gold-toned hour markers and hands. The 79250BM dial is a nice compliment to the existing Black Black models, and uses the same style of hands complete with a “snowflake” hour hand. The “Submariner-style” hour markers also make use of Arabic numerals for 3, 6, and 9 o’clock – the first for Black Bay and is similar to the dial on the Tudor Ranger (aBlogtoreplica watch review here). With that said, the dial is based on some classic designs, and in the group is most commonly seen today in the Rolex Explorer.
Oddly, the colors and style of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze replica watch were ironically foretold a few months ago when Bamford replica watch Department released their customized Rolex Submariner “Commando” (hands-on here) which made use of a similar dial and had a sand-colored case. This was a mere coincidence, of course, but it is clear that there has been demand for a greater variety of vintage-themed Rolex and Tudor replica watches in modern forms with modern conveniences.
Given Tudor’s excellent case finishing and production, I will go so for as to anticipate that the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze may very well be the best bronze replica watch case on the market when it is commercially released sometime in 2016. The 43mm-wide case should offer a bolder presence on the wrist, and the size helps fill a need for a slightly larger military-style Tudor replica watch with some retro flair alongside the decidedly more modern Pelagos dive replica watch family.