The 6th edition of the biennial Only Watch charity auction of unique timepieces that are specially produced and sold to benefit research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, takes place in November 2015 in Geneva. And we’ve recently begun previewing the pieces on PROFESSIONAL WATCHES, starting with the Laurent Galet Square seen here, and now Tudor has announced a unique version of the Black Bay to be sold to support this noble cause.
Tudor’s one-of-a-kind Heritage Black Bay One (Ref. 7923/001), like previous Black Bay models, is the result of a mixture of elements from across Tudor’s history, with the focus being on the 1954 Ref. 7923, the second Tudor Submariner.
A black gilt dial with a gold transferred minute track, Tudor Geneva logo, and the word “SHOCK-RESISTING” pay homage to the 7923. Gold-plated applied hour markers and stick shaped hands, are also reminiscent of the 7923.
The similarities continue with the black bezel insert with the red triangle at 12, however, like on previous Black Bay models, this design element is a nod to another reference, as opposed to just one. In this case, the red triangle comes from the original Tudor Submariner reference 7922, also from 1954.
Being that this is Only Watch, and the person who wins this unique piece will be paying a significant premium for this unique edition, Tudor has included a steel bracelet, fabric strap and brown distressed leather strap. Notably, the steel bracelet has straight ends, just like the 7923.
The Black Bay One does not have the new Tudor in-house movement that was launched in the all-new North Flag and the new version of the Tudor Pelagos at Baselworld, instead it’s powered by the a Tudor regulated version of the ETA 2824 seen in all the Black Bays to date. But there is still so much to love about it. Here is to wishing that we see this in regular production, powered by the new manfacture caliber MT 5621 to boot.