Tudor Surprises with a Pink Black Bay Chrono

A surprise release from Tudor this morning, less than two weeks ahead of Watches & Wonders. The Black Bay Chrono “Pink” is a very limited and very pink iteration of the brand’s Black Bay Chronograph, and coincides with the recent announcement of Tudor’s partnership with Inter Miami CF, the Major League Soccer Club owned in part by David Beckham (who is, of course, a longtime Tudor ambassador). Pink is the color most associated with the club, hence the pink dial for this release. 

On the surface, what we have here is quite simple: it’s a pink version of the Black Bay Chronograph that we’ve become familiar with over the last few years. Like the other watches in the collection, it’s a panda style dial, with black subdials complementing the pink main dial, framed by a black tachymeter bezel. The specs of this chronograph are exactly the same as other Black Bay Chronos, with a steel case measuring 41mm and water resistance to 200 meters. 

Tudor fans (and watch enthusiasts with great memories) will immediately link this watch to another, somewhat lesser known watch in Tudor’s collection, the Black Bay Chrono Dark. This watch was also made for a professional sports team (the New Zealand All Blacks, a rugby team) and has been made in very limited quantities since its unveiling (which was also a surprise) in 2019. The point here is that Tudor just does this sometimes, dropping a surprise chronograph outside the bounds of a big trade show, in association with one of their athletic partners. 

Because of the timing of this announcement in relation to Watches & Wonders, it’s of course impossible not to speculate on what it might signal as far as Tudor’s plans for the show. It would seem that it’s now a safe bet we won’t see a major overhaul of their Black Bay Chronograph, which I don’t think was expected by many anyway. Could it signal another year of disappointment for the folks clamoring for a new version of the Heritage Chronograph? I’m not a professional chrono prognosticator, or a prognosticator of any kind, but I tend to think a one off release like this doesn’t impact your Heritage Chrono chances one way or the other. 

The retail price of the Black Bay Chrono “Pink” is $5,675. Availability is said to be very limited, (“a small number” will be produced, according to the brand) but no additional information on production numbers has been provided. Tudor

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.