The Ross Povey Report

My Take: The Tudor Black Bay P01

Posted: May, 11, 2021

Words: Matt Solomon The year is 1967, it’s been twenty years since the world was gripped with the atrocities of the Second World War. Yet again, the world is under the shroud of another conflict – the Cold War. This precarious situation necessitated the most up to date technology to be supplied to militaries across the globe. Any advantage gained from a new form of technology could prove to be a decisive moment should conflict arise…   Tudor had been supplying the US Navy (USN) divers and the French Navy, Marine Nationale (MN) with its Submariner models since the late 1950s. The first reference being the 7922 used by the MN and the 7924 by the USN. Continued development of the Submariner led to the reference 7928 being extensively used by both militaries for diving operations. A Black Bay 58 alongside a navy-issued 7924 Big Crown However, in 1967 with […]

Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: A Week On The Wrist

Posted: Mar, 04, 2021

In the first of a series by guest writers, well-known Tudor collector Paul Russell shares his thoughts on the Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue. I read all the reviews and watched all the videos when the Black Bay 58 was released back in 2019 and then I was even more intrigued when the blue version was released last summer.  My main take-away was that Tudor listens to the collectors. Having slimmed down the case size from the original Black Bay, the 58 was now much more in keeping with vintage models such as the 7016, 7021, 9401 and 9411 snowflakes from the 1970s and 80s.  I have for a long time been a vintage Tudor Collector and a huge fan of the Tudor signature snowflake dial and hand layout.  I am also fortunate enough to have an original mid 1970’s Army issued reference 9401, the so-called ‘Hybrid’, which collectors […]

An Underwater Story – The Rolex Submariner

Posted: Oct, 22, 2020

The Rolex Submariner is one of the most instantly recognizable watches ever. Using the old saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the case shapes, sizes and profiles have been tweaked, but the essence of the original Oyster case is this the same. Let’s compare it to the Porsce 911. The current iteration of Porsche’s most famous sports car, the 992, is essentially a car has been tweaked, improved, streamlined – but all based on the same recipe that Porsche has used for the past half-century. The 2020 Rolex Submariner Last month Rolex unveiled the newest versions of its most celebrated sports watches. The revamp of the collection encompassed all models, in all metals with the common feature being a new case profile and the inclusion of the new in-house movement. As one would expect, these watches are an evolution rather than a revolution of the Submariner, but the […]

Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue – Military Time

Posted: Jul, 07, 2020

Six years ago Tudor gave the world the Black Bay 58 and it was exactly what vintage watch collectors and enthusiasts had been dreaming of. Since its launch in 2012, there has been nothing but praise for the Black Bay, which draws heavily on the vintage watches in Tudor’s back catalogue. The Black Bay 58, however, was a new beast in a new case and profile that was very faithfully based on the Tudor Submariner reference 7924 from 1958; hence the ‘58’ in the name. The 7924 was used extensively by military forces around the world and was one of the founding fathers of the Tudor dive watch line. The new Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue Military Timekeeping   The Tudor Submariner reference 7924 was the product of a relationship that began in 1956, when the French Navy ordered a batch of Submariners reference 7922 to issue to its […]

50 Years of The Tudor Chronograph Part 3: The Big Block

Posted: May, 27, 2020

In 1976, the House of Wilsdorf launched its first automatic chronograph. And it wasn’t a Rolex, it was a Tudor self-winding chronograph, a full 12 years before Rolex introduced their first automatic Daytona; the Zenith-powered 16500 series in 1988. This was a real coup for Tudor and put them ahead of other chronograph manufacturers of the 1970s. In fact, it was this automatic movement that led to the watch’s nickname. The rotor and autowind mechanism of the movement meant that Tudor needed to design a new watchcase that was deeper, hence the collector term ‘Big Block’. A second aesthetic change that occurred with the Big Block was the introduction of a third chronograph register on the dial – an hour indicator. The previous two series, the Home Plates and Mote Carlos, were effectively 45-minute stopwatches, but the new watches could measure much longer periods of time. The First Three Series […]