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Tudor Black Bay P01 finally hits the market after 50 years

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 6, 2019  /  11:01 am
Tudor Black Bay P01 finally hits the market after 50 years

After being kept for quite some time, Tudor introduced the Black Bay P01 at the 2019 Baselworld, an international watch and jewelry trade show in Basel, Switzerland. (Tudor/File)

Swiss watchmaker Tudor officially launched the Black Bay P01 in Indonesia on Nov. 29.

Tudor Southeast Asia general manager Cla Riedi said the watch was based on a prototype developed in the late 1960s and originally designed for the United States Navy.

“P01 actually stands for prototype 01,” said Riedi during a media session at INTime outlet in Central Park Mall, West Jakarta. “For a long time, there has been speculation in the market about whether we would launch this piece. In the end, it was launched 50 years later.”

Riedi mentioned that after being kept for quite some time, the watch was first introduced during the 2019 Baselworld, an international watch and jewelry trade show in Basel, Switzerland, held in April.

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The Black Bay P01 has a 42 mm steel case with satin finish and a hybrid leather and rubber strap with folding clasp, making it suitable for those looking for a trendy yet masculine watch.

As it was initially developed for the US Navy, the Black Bay P01 comes with several interesting features, such as a winding crown at 4 o’clock and a unique bezel system.

Riedi said the position of the winding crown allowed the wearer to comfortably move their wrist while wearing the watch.

As for the bezel system, the company stated that the hinged end-link system on the period prototype was the subject of a patent in 1968, which covered a locking and disassembling system for the bezel to aid maintenance of the watch. However, the current bezel has been optimized and it provides a stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at 12 o’clock.

The Black Bay P01, available for purchase at outlets across Jakarta, is an exclusive edition watch, as it has not been produced in large quantities. (kes)

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