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Tudor's Submariner Challenger: Hands On with the New 2024 Black Bay 41mm

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41mm steel case
Black rubber strap

In the world of watches, there are timepieces, and then there are icons. The Tudor Black Bay series undoubtedly falls into the latter category, epitomising the perfect blend of heritage, functionality, and timeless design. The MGB Team returns freshly from Watches and Wonders 2024, having had the privilege of experiencing the Tudor line-up first hand. I'm excited to now give you my hands on opinion of the brand new 2024 Tudor Black Bay 41mm M7941A1A0NU-0002.

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We have decided to showcase the rubber strap model for several reasons. Despite the impressive quality of the five-link bracelet, it's elevated price tag and formal design might deter some potential buyers... and whilst the three-link bracelet has been refined since last year, we still find the faux rivets in its design less appealing.

Lastly, we've always been admirers of the Rolex "Oyster Flex" for it's form, functionality, and undeniable cool factor, this also rings true for this new Tudor timepiece.

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A common concern among potential buyers of previous Black Bay models was always their size; the earlier 41mm versions were perceived as bulky [I can concur having owned a BB Harrods Edition]. However, as I delicately unbox the watch, I'm immediately struck by it's slimmer profile and smaller crown, which, proportionally, leaves a fantastic initial impression.

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The watch's presence is remarkable, the 41mm steel case, featuring a combination of polished and satin finishes, radiates an essence of sophistication and robustness. The crisp clicks of the unidirectional bezel, crafted in stainless steel with a black aluminium insert, adds a touch of sportiness to the overall design; reminiscent of its legendary big brother, the Rolex Submariner

Placing the watch on wrist the two large design changes [case thickness & crown size] are a game changer for this New Black Bay. The watch retains a sense of substance without feeling overwhelming, rendering it incredibly versatile for wrists of most sizes, or for various occasions.

Moreover, the comfort level is notably improved.. The 21mm lug width adds to its robustness, while the 13.6mm case thickness ensures it sits comfortably on the wrist, effortlessly slipping under a shirt cuff or accompanying casual weekend attire. As I glance at the striking black, domed dial adorned with silver-coloured applied hour markers, I am reminded of the timeless elegance that defines Tudor's aesthetic.

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As I fasten the durable black rubber strap onto my wrist, I am struck by the seamless integration of form and function. The Tudor "T-fit" clasp ensures optimal comfort and functionality, allowing for 5mm of easy adjustments on the go. Whether I'm diving into the depths of the ocean or navigating the hustle and bustle of city life, this watch feels like an extension of myself – reliable, versatile, and ready for anything. But beyond its exterior, it's the heart of the timepiece that truly captivates. 

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Despite it's slimmer profile, this new Black Bay accommodates a significant movement upgrade. The METAS-certified in house automatic calibre MT5602-U brings dependable accuracy, rigorously tested. Operating at 4Hz (28,800 vph), this calibre boasts a substantial 70 hour power reserve and anti-magnetism up to 15,000 gauss, courtesy of the new silicon balance spring.

Regulated to -2 to +4 seconds per day, it surpasses the COSC benchmark, earning Master Chronometer certification through more stringent testing protocols. With each sweep of the second hand, I can feel the precision and engineering excellence that goes into every component of this watch.

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In a world where quality often comes with a hefty price tag, this Tudor Black Bay 41mm emerges as the "everyman" watch – a beacon of affordability without compromising on craftsmanship or style. This could be my everyday beater, companion through life's adventures, or a statement of timeless elegance.

In conclusion, the 2024 Black Bay 41mm signifies Tudor's attentive ear to their customers' feedback. With its timeless colourway, thoughtful design & comfort enhancements, it transcends being just a watch; it's a symbol of Tudor's enduring dedication to refinement and innovation. 

With impeccable design, bullet proof performance and shorter waitlists, it begs the question: why choose Rolex? Whilst there clearly is inspiration for the Rolex Submariner, this Tudor Black Bay 41mm stands tall on its own, carving out its niche as a worthy alternative that bridges the gap between luxury and accessibility.

Specifications

  • Reference: M7941A1A0NU-0002
  • Case: A 41mm steel case with polished and satin finishes, featuring a 21mm lug width and a case thickness of 13.6mm.
  • Movement: Driven by the Manufacture Calibre MT5602-U, this self-winding mechanical movement offers a remarkable 70-hour power reserve.
  • Waterproofness: Waterproof to 200m (660 ft).
  • Bezel: Sporting a 60-minute unidirectional bezel in stainless steel with a black aluminium insert.
  • Dial: A striking black, domed dial adorned with silver-coloured applied hour markers.
  • Bracelet: Fitted with a durable black rubber strap and a TUDOR “T-fit” clasp for optimal comfort and functionality.

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