In 1954, TUDOR replica introduced the world to the very first diver’s watch, a professional instrument that enabled organisations to carry out large-scale underwater activities.
This included the French Navy; in fact, it was the GERS (Groupement d’Étude et de Recherche Sous-marine – Underwater Study and Research Group) that contacted TUDOR in 1956 to evaluate the suitability of the watches for equipping the French navy’s combat swimmers. This first contact was made and the relationship continued over half a century of cheap fake TUDOR putting watches on the wrists of divers from the largest navies in the world.
Throughout the years, the TUDOR collection grew with more references in the collection. We examine the following in detail: Black Bay Fifty-Eight ”Navy Blue”; Black Bay P01; Black Bay Fifty-Eight and Black Bay Bronze.
Black Bay Fifty- Eight “Navy Blue”
Collectors and vintage watch lovers will be thrilled with this watch that for years kept the classic black dial that was considered a typical feature found on divers’ watches. In this new offering, a gorgeous blue has taken over, along with a new size, 39-millimetre diameter.
A comfortable size, indeed, as it is ideal for narrow wrists as well as those who prefer a smaller watch. Its configuration on a fabric strap, also in navy blue and woven in France, is the strongest visual evocation of the famous “TUDOR MN”s. These blue dials Tudor Black Bay replica watches were in fact delivered to the French navy without TUDOR bracelets and were then fitted with various types of fabric straps, particularly woven ones.
Black Bay P01
A period of remarkable innovation took over the 1960s as watchmaking generally and TUDOR in particular were experiencing the same creative impetus — out of this was born the “Commando project”.
More specifically, in 1967 the brand which had been supplying the American navy with divers’ watches since the second half of the 1950s, began developing a technical model to replace the Oyster Prince Submariner Ref. 7928. This meant that the new watch needed to meet a set of specifications laid down by the American government and new research into functionality and ergonomics had to be incorporated.
Hence, a development phase was launched, resulting in the production of prototypes, as well as a patent for the aforementioned and an unseen function. “Commando” was the code name for this ambitious project that was perfectly in tune with the zeitgeist.
The stainless steel case copy Tudor Black Bay P01 model (meaning Prototype 1) is directly inspired by a prototype developed as part of this study and preserved within the TUDOR archives. Half a century later, this series brings to life its unique functional appearance, where function and innovation took priority over any consideration of the watchmaking aesthetics in fashion at that time.
Produced in a contemporary spirit, while at the same time retaining the principle of the winding crown at 4 o’clock, as well as the prominent lug covers of the 1960s model, the luxury replica Tudor Black Bay P01 tells a story that was little known in TUDOR’s naval history. In the end, the US Navy chose to equip its divers with a simpler TUDOR model, the Oyster Prince Submariner 7016, and the “Commando” project never made its debut.