Today I would like to say that there are two very unique watches at this year’s Basel Watch Fair. Coincidentally, these two watches are replicas of antique watches. One from Tudor and the other from Breitling.
Tudor Black Blay P01 Watch
Tudor New Black Blay P01 Watch
Tudor also made eyeballs before the show opened this year. Like Rolex, Tudor also released a preview chart of the new watch details before the watch exhibition, which caused widespread speculation among players. Later, after some speculation, players agreed that this year, Tudor will launch a replica of the classic water ghost in history. But the end result was unexpected. Tudor introduced an extremely rare and unexpected watch. Tudor Black Blay P01, the Tudor Biwan P01 watch.
Tudor New Black Blay P01 Watch
After the TUDOR Black Blay P01 was released, players were ‘shocked’. Why does this watch look like this? It is because the prototype of the Black Blay P01 is a little-known special watch in Tudor history. Let me briefly talk about the history. Tudor has provided watches to the US Navy since the 1950s. At that time, the Tudor 7928 diving watch had been used. Later, in order to replace 7928, Tudor produced a prototype of a new diving watch. This prototype watch is the reference object of the current Black Blay P01. Unfortunately, this watch was not adopted by the US Navy in the end, and it became dusty and became a ‘legendary’ watch. This year, Tudor re-launched this ‘legendary’ watch, which is Tudor’s new Black Blay P01.
Tudor’s new Black Blay P01 (top) and historical prototype table (bottom).
We can see that the Tudor new Black Blay P01 watch has two special places.
The first is the crown at 4 o’clock. At 4 o’clock, there are still some watches in the watch world. In addition to Tudor, watches like Seiko, Chopard, Girard Perregaux have crowns at 4 o’clock.
The second is the part of the watch lug. The upper and lower lugs of the Tudor Black Blay P01 are very wide, which is actually a bezel locking device. The cover on the top of the watch can be opened upward, so that the buckle on the cover is separated from the bezel. At this point you can rotate the bezel freely. After you close the cover again, the buckle locks the bezel, and the bezel will not turn due to bumping or misoperation. This is the biggest feature of Tudor’s new Black Blay P01 and antique prototype watches. Because the Tudor Black Blay P01 historical prototype watch is a watch fully geared to the needs of the Navy, it pays attention to functionality and ergonomics. For this reason, the Tudor Black Blay P01 is designed to look like this.
The side of Tudor’s new Black Blay P01 watch, please note that the locking cover has been opened at the right bezel.
P01 in Tudor’s new Black Blay P01 watch is the abbreviation of “prototype 1” (the meaning of prototype table No. 1). The new Black Blay P01 watch has an increased size compared to the prototype watch, and the current size is 42 mm (the prototype table is 40 mm ), The length between the upper and lower ears of the watch exceeds 50 mm. The bezel of the new Tudor Black Blay P01 watch has 12 hour markers, which correspond to the dial’s luminous hour markers, of which the 12 o’clock is a triangular mark. The bezel can be rotated in both directions and locked or unlocked by the cover above the 12 o’clock position.
Tudor’s new Black Blay P01 opens the locking cover.
The dial of the Tudor Black Blay P01 continues the dial of the popular Tudor dive watch in the past two years, using Tudor’s iconic axe needle (officially called the snowflake needle). One detail of the dial is that the luminous hour markers of the watch are printed directly on the dial, forming a plaster surface effect, imitating the style of the Tudor / Rolex antique diving watch. The Black Blay P01 watch uses Tudor’s main MT56 series movement (MT5612), silicon hairspring, 70 hours power, and observatory certification.
The Tudor MT5612 movement used by Tudor’s new Black Blay P01.
Due to its special history and provenance, this Tudor Black Blay P01 is destined not to become a mainstream popular model like ‘Little Flower’ and ‘Little Shield’. Through this watch, everyone knows that Tudor has a strong history, and it is OK.
Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959
Breitling has changed a lot in the past period. All watches have changed their logos, launched a new series, and even opened new stores in China, with great innovation. At this year’s Basel watch exhibition, Breitling has launched a new heavyweight watch, Breitling Navitimer 1959 (the official name is Navitimer Ref. 806 1959), limited to 1959.
Breitling Navitimer 1959 (Official name Navitimer Ref. 806 1959)
In our country, Breitling is a relatively niche watch brand, but in the world, Breitling is definitely a heavyweight mainstream brand. Previous statistics show that Breitling is one of the top selling watches in the world. There are many series of Breitling from the air time in the sky to the sea wolf in the sea to the Bentley on the land. But for a long time, Breitling has only had no replica series of antique watches. Breitling now introduces the first historical replica in recent years, which is the Navitimer 1959 replica.
Breitling Navitimer 1959
The original intention of Breitling’s new Navitimer 1959 replica watch is to fully reproduce the antique watch from 60 years ago. Therefore, the appearance of this Navitimer 1959 replica watch is highly consistent with the prototype watch. The stainless steel case measures 40.9 mm and is 13.43 mm thick. The unique feature of Breitling Navitimer is the rotating slide bezel. The bezel of the Navitimer 1959 replica watch reproduces the prototype watch style. There are 94 small beads on the edge of the bezel. The small beads are arranged to form the watch’s flying slider bezel, which is unique.
Breitling Navitimer 1959 replica watch, the bezel edge is composed of 94 small beads.
Another feature of Breitling Navitimer is the super complicated numbers on the disk. These numbers can be used in conjunction with the flight slider to calculate aviation-related data (I can’t count and can’t understand …). In addition to the numbers, an important feature of Navitimer’s 1959 dial is the AOPA shield flying wing logo below the 12 o’clock position of the dial, which is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Historically, because Breitling watches are suitable for flight, they have become the official watch of AOPA. This symbol will appear on Breitling watches in the 1950s and 1960s. The dial of the Navitimer 1959 replica watch is also completely consistent with the prototype watch. The colors of the AOPA logo and digital time scales are old effects. It is no exaggeration to say that putting a new Navitimer 1959 replica watch together with a 1959 prototype watch, from the appearance (not counting the new and old products), it is almost impossible to tell which is the new replica and which It is a prototype (new style uses sapphire glass).
The Breitling Navitimer 1959 replica watch (left) and the prototype watch in history (right) show exactly the same.
The biggest change of Breitling Navitimer 1959 was in the movement. The Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 prototype watch uses a manually wound chronograph movement that year used the Venus 178 manual chronograph movement (early models also used Valjoux 72). In order to achieve the original effect, the new Navitimer 1959 replica watch has changed the Breitling self-produced B01 automatic chronograph movement to a manual winding version and named it B09 manual chronograph movement. Except for the manual winding, the other parts are still the same configuration of B01. Column wheel, vertical clutch, power reserve 70 hours, no change. At the same time, in the future, this B09 manual chronograph movement will be used on more Breitling replica watches (because most of the chronographs in the history of Breitling were manual).
An important feature of the Navitimer 1959 dial is the AOPA shield flying wing logo below the dial at 12 o’clock.
Breitling Navitimer 1959 was the first shot of Breitling’s replica watch. Breitling also said that it will launch more historical replicas in the future. I feel very good about Breitling’s policy. Breitling is one of the oldest chronograph producers. The two timing buttons on the chronograph are now invented by Breitling. So I am looking forward to re-launching the famous watch in history.