Hands-on With Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Replica

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.

Hands-on With Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Replica

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.

Hands-on With Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Replica


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.

Hands-on With Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM Replica

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.

Reviewing The Tudor Fastrider Chrono Replica Watch In-depth

It’s been a big year for Tudor replica watch. 2015 saw the inclusion of the very first movement, in the brand-new North Flag as well as the hotly anticipated blue Pelagos. They produced their first unique piece for the Only Watch charity auction and, just a few weeks ago announced the internet-melting Black Bay Black. They also released a colourful triptych of sporty chronographs in collaboration with Ducati – the Fastrider Chrono. A welcome update to the Tudor technical Fastrider replica watch collection, this was somewhat overshadowed by all the other successes, receiving far less time in the sun than befits such a summery watch. Until now, that is.

Reviewing The Tudor Fastrider Chrono Replica Watch In-depth
The Ducati Diavel was the inspiration for the original model – the Fastrider Black Shield, a matte black ceramic watch released in 2013 that was an instant hit. Three years on, for this new offering, the muse is the revamped version of one of Ducati’s most iconic bikes – the Scrambler. The new Scrambler is a youthful and retro take on a simple, stripped-back ride – an energy captured perfectly by the Tudor Fastrider Chrono replica watch.

Reviewing The Tudor Fastrider Chrono Replica Watch In-depth
The dial on the Tudor Fastrider Chrono replica watch is the element that stands out most on the Fastrider, coming in poppy yellow and red, as well as an olive green, each bringing a dramatically different mood, and each with its own charms. Clearly green is the safest, most versatile option while the yellow is the most ‘out there’. The go-faster Ducati red sits somewhere in between.

Reviewing The Tudor Fastrider Chrono Replica Watch In-depth
While color is the most prevalent feature, there’s a myriad of other subtle details in the Tudor Fastrider Chrono replica watch at play, as we’ve come to expect with Tudor replica watch. Foremost among these is the surprisingly vintage vibe the dial gives off. Even though the Fastrider is a resolutely contemporary design, the matte dial, largely devoid of the detail that so often plagues chronographs, is reminiscent of the iconic Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytonas. The square, ’70s-inspired counterweights to the chronograph hands add to that retro feel.
On the subject of hands, another great detail is how those on the subdial match the dial color – a nice touch. Meanwhile, all the hands are ruthenium, another small element that places Tudor Fastrider Chrono replica watch a cut above the competition. Modern indices and multi-level subdials keep the overall look and feel of the dial contemporary, and very much in keeping with the rest of the watch.

Reviewing The Tudor Fastrider Chrono Replica Watch In-depth
If the dial has touches of heritage, the case of the Tudor Fastrider Chrono replica watch is all about the now, its broad, sweeping lines executed with laser-like precision. More than anything, this speaks to the Tudor-Ducati partnership, the 42mm stainless steel case clearly inspired by the lines of the Italian motorcycle company, and finished with Tudor’s own exacting standards.