Tudor Black Bay 79220R dial

The best value watch: Tudor Black Bay 79220R

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Introduction: Tudor Black Bay 79220R history

The Heritage Black Bay collection has been a huge hit since its release in 2012, but Tudor isn’t satisfied with just providing us with one type of watch. The original Black Bay 79220R was discontinued in 2016 in favor of a newer version which comes equipped with an in-house new movement.

The Heritage Black Bay reference 79220R is the perfect mix between old and new. Inspired by Tudor’s vintage watch history, This watch is a modern interpretation of two classic watches. The first, the Tudor Submariner ‘Big Crown’ ref. 7924 and the second the Tudor Submariner ‘Snow Flake’ ref. 9411.

Modern Case Design

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 7922R is a sleek and stylish watch that pays homage to the brand’s vintage roots. It has a  41mm stainless steel case that features brushed lugs from the top with polished edges, which was an element found on many of their dive watches from years ago; this design detail provides modernity while still maintaining tradition. The case is made of 316L steel, the same material that Rolex used until 1985 when they transitioned to their own 904L composition for their steel watches.

Tudor Black Bay Case

With a case size that is less bulky, the 79220R has an elegant design. The crown has been appropriately adjusted and is slightly larger (8mm in size) than those Rolex offers on their sports models. Additionally, the exposed PVD-coated crown tube cover is a nice complement. The lack of crown guards is perhaps one of the most notable things. This design feature not only helps to keep watch weights down but also provides an interesting contrast with some other dive watches.

Tudor 79220R large crown

Vintage Inspired Dial

One of the Black Bay’s most remarkable features is the dial finish. One feature that visually takes this watch into the vintage realm is the gilt-style printing. The watch has a black dial with pink-gold plated hands and markers. The black dial is slightly domed. The Tudor’s rose logo has been printed on the dial that Tudors used before they moved onto their current shield shape logo. The watch face is complemented with snowflake hands and a layout for depth and movement information that resembles a smiley face. Also, the hour markers have applied Super Luminova

Tudor Black Bay 79220R Dial

The Heritage Black Bay is a dive watch with an instantly recognizable bezel. The unidirectional rotating bezel with a burgundy red color scheme sets this model apart from most others, making it perfect for those who want something unique.

Dial smily face

Reliable Movement

The Tudor brand has a long history of using ETA  to produce high-quality watches at lower prices. The Heritage Black Bay features modified ETA movement more specifically it features an ETA 2824 caliber, which means it’s durable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain.

Different Bracelets Options 

This timepiece comes in either leather or fabric straps and a steel bracelet. I wear the Black Bay on the woven fabric strap, which gives it a very comfortable fit and makes it feel like something I could wear every day without worrying about damaging or wearing out quickly.

Tudor Black Bay NATO strap

Great Value

The Tudor 79220R is a very sought-after watch, and the only way to find one of these watches in good condition will be through the pre-owned markets. If you search around online for this model number there are plenty of listings that show up with increasing prices since they were discontinued in 2016! The demand for the Black Bay 79220R has been on an upward trend, and that popularity isn’t decreasing anytime soon.


The Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220R is a timepiece that has great importance in the history of Tudor. Its popularity continues to increase as people discover its beauty. The model leverages tried-and-true design elements which makes it an easy choice when you want something familiar yet still stylish enough so everyone can appreciate your taste. 

I will keep this watch in my collection because I adore it. Do you personally enjoy this watch, yourself?

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