Tudor Black Bay P01: The Prototype Spirit

By thoriq, 01 July 2019
Tudor Black Bay P01
Tudor Black Bay P01

Making its way into the local market this month is Tudor’s new Black Bay P01 timepiece. With its arrival, Tudor also shed some light into a little known aspect about this special offering’s history.

In essence, the Black Bay P01’s creation was inspired by a legendary prototype watch that Tudor was developing for the US Navy back in the 1960s. Though the prototype, codenamed ‘Commando’, didn’t make it into production, its spirit however remained, thus bringing us to this modern-day homage to it.

Crafted in a contemporary sporty spirit, while at the same time adopting the principle of the winding crown at 4 o'clock and the prominent end-links of the 1960s model, the Black Bay P01 reflects the exploratory nature of the project, which was a cross between a divers' watch and a navigator’s watch.

The hinged end-link system on the period prototype was the subject of a patent in 1968, and it covered a locking and disassembling system for the bezel to ease the watch’s maintenance. The Black Bay P01 model does not literally reproduce this mechanism but borrows liberally from it instead, providing a stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at 12 o'clock.

Waterproof to 200 metres, the Tudor Black Bay P01 also features hours, minutes, seconds and date functions driven by Calibre MT5612 movement with a 70-hour power reserve. It is also fitted with a domed matt-black dial with painted luminescent hour markers. In respect the utilitarian aesthetic of the prototype that inspired it, the case is also entirely satin-brushed for a matt finish.

Notably, the strap developed for the Black Bay P01 model is a rubber base and bears a "snowflake" motif on the back, finished with a brown leather trim. In the spirit of the period prototype, mobile satin-brushed steel attachments are employed connect the strap to the watch case.

On sale locally starting this month, the stylish new Tudor Black Bay P01 will command a retail price tag that starts at RM15,160. Visit any authorised retailer and leading boutiques for a closer look.