Tudor brand revives the prototype of the high-end diving watch, created in the late 1960s by order of the US Navy.
In 1967, the watchmaking company Tudor undertook the development of new models of diver’s timepiece specifically for the U.S. Navy. The new high-end watch was to replace the model Oyster Prince Submariner 7928, which at that time was supplied to American sailors. The US government compiled the list of technical requirements for the export of new items, but the project codenamed “Commando” has not been completed. In the end, the time device was rejected, and instead, a different model for submariners was deployed – Ref. 7016. As for the project “Commando,” only drawings, several prototypes and a patent for removable rotating bezel technology that facilitates cleaning of the wristwatch have left from it.
In 2019, Tudor masters decided to revive this reliable timepiece and within the jewelry and watch salon Baselworld 2019 presented the Black Bay P01 model (where “P01” means “prototype 1”). The stylish wristwatch received a case constructed out of satin steel with a diameter of 42 millimeters, which is 2 millimeters thicker than the model from 50 years ago.
It is also noteworthy that the screw-down crown with protective stops is shifted to the 4-o’clock position, as was the old prototype of the 1960s. The mechanism of locking and removing the bezel, patented in 1968, in the 2019 novelty is not fully reproduced. The upper base of the case (the 12-o’clock hour mark) has something like a removable hinged lid that allows you to remove the bezel and clean this high-end watch. In the prototypes of the late 1960s, such “covers” were both at the top and the bottom bases.
The case is water-resistant at 200 meters and comes with a convex matte black dial with a luminous coating on the hour indexes. Inside the case, the COSC-certified branded caliber MT5612 with a silicon balance spring is installed. The movement is equipped with an automatic winding and amazing 70-hour power reserve.
The case is set on a rubber strap with the “snowflake” pattern print ("snowflake" is also the name of the Tudor’s brand hour hand) on the back side. On top, the strap is covered with calf leather and is attached to the case with metal links on the spring mechanism. The estimated cost of this highly dependable diver’s wristwatch is CHF 3,750.
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