Tudor’s latest release proves that sequels can top the original

It can be tough to follow up from a popular new release but Tudor seems to have figured out a winning formula with its ever-expanding Black Bay family

Back in 2016 we were introduced to the Tudor Black Bay Heritage 36 – a sleeker, more refined version of the fan-favourite diver’s watch that did away with the traditional rotating bezel in favour of a static version with a smooth-polished finish, while keeping the cool ‘snowflake’ hour hand that has been a design signature of the brand since it was first launched back in 1969. After sell-out success, it was joined in 2018 by its little and big brothers, the 32 and 41. This year, having dropped the ‘Heritage’ from the name, Tudor has added a new member to the growing family – three sleek and sophisticated, metallic cousins in the form of the Black Bays 32, 36 and 41 S&G, each with two dial colours.

The big difference with these new models is in the name: ‘S&G’ stands for steel and gold – adding the precious metal into the design of its all-steel originator. On the face, the precious metal seeps onto the satin-brushed bezel, high polished crown and detailing on the hands and hour markers. You can have the classic black dial on one of these, however another new feature is a companion model that comes with a sunburst champagne dial – amping up the wrist-shine ratio. Tudor has also swapped-out the three-link steel bracelet on its predecessor models for a new steel and iteration in a gold five-link, which not only gives the watches a sense of throwback splendour, but also sits far more comfortably on the wrist thanks to the added articulation points in the chain.

In short, poking out from your shirt sleeves at handshake level, it’s a high-shine blinder – and proof that, contrary to accepted beliefs, sometimes the sequel is better than the original. Call it the Godfather II of timepieces.

Technical breakdown: 

  • Case size: 32/36/41mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Water resistance: 150m 
  • Power reserve: 38 hours 
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystal 
  • Dial: Black or champagne 

Tudor Black Bay 32/36/41 S&G, from £2,820,