Tudor Black Bay 41: Elegant Retro Charm
The Tudor Black Bay 41 stands out with its classically elegant and clean design. At 41 mm in diameter, it is generally considered a men's watch. The two-tone models come with a black or champagne dial.
Retro Design Meets Modern Technology
Tudor was clearly inspired by famous diving watches from the 1950s when designing the dial of the Black Bay 41. However, unlike other Black Bay models, this version lacks a diving bezel; instead, it features a stationary bezel in polished stainless steel. When Tudor launched the smaller Black Bay 36 in 2016, it quickly drew comparisons to the legendary Rolex Explorer thanks to its bezel and other details.
The Swiss manufacturer equips the Black Bay 41 with their famous snowflake hands. Combined with dot indices, this timepiece boasts a truly unique design. The Black Bay 41 is water-resistant to 150 m (15 bar, 492 ft), so while it may look like a diver, it's actually only suited for swimming. Finally, the timepiece gets its power from the caliber 2824, supplied to Tudor by Swiss movement manufacturer ETA.
The Black Bay 41 S&G models are especially eye-catching. These two-tone watches are made of stainless steel and have a satin-brushed gold bezel. The final result looks like something straight out of the 1980s. Like every Black Bay 41, these watches come with the words "ROTOR" and "SELF-WINDING" above 6 o'clock. The latter is bowed, as seen on select vintage Tudors from the 1950s and 60s.
Reasons to Buy a Tudor Black Bay 41
- Fantastic value for money
- 41-mm cases that look good on any wrist
- Elegant retro design
- Proven Swiss automatic calibers
How much does a Tudor Black Bay 41 cost?
|Reference number||Price (approx.)||Feature(s)|
|79543-0001||3,800 USD||Two-tone, black dial|
|79540-0006||2,500 USD||Black dial, stainless steel bracelet|
|79540-0004||2,400 USD||Blue dial, stainless steel bracelet|
|79540-0007||2,400 USD||Black dial, brown leather strap|
|79540-0009||2,200 USD||Black dial, black textile strap|
Black Bay 41 with a Black or Blue Dial
Tudor offers the stainless steel Black Bay 41 with a blue or black dial. You can also choose between a stainless steel bracelet, leather strap, or textile strap. The three-piece link stainless steel bracelet boasts Rolex's classic Oyster design and has a folding clasp. If you're interested in this version, look for the refs. 79540-0006 and 79540-0004. The former features a black dial and demands around 2,500 USD, while the latter comes with a blue dial and costs about 110 USD less. Both models have an official list price of 2,840 euros (approx. 3,100 USD). Pre-owned pieces are relatively rare.
If you'd prefer a leather or textile strap, you should turn to the refs. 79540-0007 and 79540-0009. The 0007 is paired with a distressed brown leather strap and sells for roughly 2,400 USD. You can purchase a mint-condition 0009 with a textile strap for around 2,200 USD. Tudor lists both models for 2,550 euros (approx. 2,800 USD).
Prices for the Black Bay 41 S&G
Two-tone Black Bay 41 watches have a satin-brushed gold bezel and gold crown. In terms of the dial, you can choose from black or champagne. The champagne editions boast a beautiful sunburst pattern, lending these timepieces a sense of depth. As with every Black Bay watch, glow-in-the-dark SuperLuminova fills the hands and indices, guaranteeing optimal readability under all lighting conditions.
Tudor mounts these models on a five-piece link bracelet reminiscent of Rolex's Jubilee bracelet – the two are sister companies, after all. Its outermost links are stain-brushed stainless steel, and the central link is polished stainless steel with a row of brushed gold links on either side.
The ref. 79543-0001 features a black dial and changes hands for about 3,800 USD new on Chrono24. This model has an official list price of 3,920 euros (approx. 4,300 USD). Pre-owned pieces are few and far between.
Features of the Black Bay 41
- 41-mm case
- Proven ETA 2824 caliber
- Water-resistant to 150 m (15 bar, 492 ft)
- Available as a two-tone watch
- Tudor's iconic snowflake hands
ETA: Time-Tested Swiss Calibers
Tudor outfits the Black Bay 41 – as well as the Black Bay 32 and 36 – with the proven ETA caliber 2824. Unlike proprietary technology, these movements involve lower production costs and can be serviced by almost any watchmaker once the warranty has expired. ETA offers this movement in different quality grades. Tudor uses the second-highest (or "Top") grade, which they then modify in house. Fully wound, this movement has a 38-hour power reserve.