About five months ago what appears to have been a Tudor Leak appeared in the UK Esquire magazine, which generated some buzz in the watchmaking community.
We confess that this scoop completely passed us by, however it was revived a few days ago among the community, which made us look at it with different eyes.
After analyzing the photos, we can see that the first hypothesis raised by some, which could have been a simple error of placing the photo of Black Bay 54 in place of Black Bay Fifth-Eight, quickly falls apart, as the photo reveals a different Black Bay. .
Yes, it’s true that at first glance it appears to be a Black Bay 54, as it comes with a bezel with white markers instead of gilt ones, a grey inverted triangle at 12 o’clock instead of red, a larger crown and a lollipop second hand on the place of the previous snow-flake pointer.
But if we look carefully again we can see that there are differentiating details that are neither from the Black Bay 54 nor the current Black Bay Fifth-Eight, but what specifically are we talking about? First on the bezel, which is now thinner and this is clearly noticeable making the dial larger, then we can notice that the first 15 minutes come with hash markers, and with the modern ‘Fifth-Eight’ font and not the classic from BB54, the remaining baton markers also seem less bold to us. The other less pronounced differences occur on the dial, where we can notice the reduction or even absence of the chapter ring and finally, larger hands.
All of this makes us believe that we could be facing what could well be the second generation of the Tudor Black Bay Fifth-Eight, if not why would anyone go to the trouble of redesigning a watch to put it live? We do not intend here to discuss whether or not it was a consented Leak, but the truth it’s happened.
Of course, the images also served to discuss what remained and what should have been changed before, we are talking first about the bracelet rivets which are not to the taste of many fans of which we also include ourselves, the dial which remains too busy with several lines of text, wide snow-flake hands and different geometric shapes hour markers.
One thing is certain, we are less than 7 weeks away from Watches And Wonders and we will be there to give you first-hand news about this and other news, in the meantime we invite you to leave your opinions below and say what you think of this ‘Leak’, whether or not it meets your expectations.