At first glance, you would not be faulted for thinking this is the Rolex Submariner “Kermit” diver’s watch given its green bezel, steel case, black dial with luminescent details, and Oyster-like bracelet. But it is not. What you are looking at is a special edition Tudor Black Bay (reference: 79230G), exclusive to Harrods. If you have not come across this model before (few outside of the UK have), then read on to find out more.
A Green Tudor Black Bay Retailed by Harrods
The recent revival of Tudor has been extraordinarily successful thanks in part to fantastic watch designs like the Black Bay collection. The Black Bay is essentially an amalgamation of iconic design details of vintage Tudor tool watches repackaged for a modern audience.
For instance, there’s the ‘big crown” taken from a 1958 Tudor Submariner, the “snowflake hands” of the 1970’s Tudor Submariners for the French Navy, and the domed crystals and riveted Oyster bracelets that dominated vintage Tudor Subs decades ago. These retro-inspired traits have found a new home in the current Tudor Black Bay watches that sport contemporarily sized 41 mm cases and run on ultra-modern in-house automatic movements.
In addition to the standard Black Bay collection, Tudor has also produced some special edition models including one for the famous Swiss retailer Bucherer and this one for Harrods—which made its debut in 2017. Anyone familiar with Harrods knows that their corporate colour is green, which explains the gorgeous colourway of the Tudor Black Bay Harrods edition.
Sitting on top of the stainless steel case of the Black Bay “Harrods” is a handsome green unidirectional bezel, marked to 60 minutes. Highlighting the old-school feel of the timepiece is the gilt minute track on the dial, complementing the gold surrounds on the luminous hands and indexes beautifully. Look a little closer at the dial and you’ll notice that Tudor also added a green tip on the seconds hand. What’s more, not only is the water depth rating also in green in regular light but it is also luminescent, thus glows bright green in the dark.
Turn the watch around and you’ll see that the caseback further emphasises the Harrods connection with a big “H” engraved at the center, along with the watch’s unique sequence number.
Retailer hallmarks on luxury watches is not a new trend, of course. In fact, vintage Rolex and Patek Philippe watches with Cartier and Tiffany & Co. logos on the dial command exorbitant prices at auctions. Even the more recent retailer-brand collaborations enjoy a very healthy pre-owned premium, especially when produced in limited numbers, such as the IWC Portuguese made in partnership with luxury jewellers, Wempe, and the special edition Omega Speedmaster which celebrated 10 years of online retailer and blogging giants, Hodinkee.
We appreciate Tudor carrying on this tradition by collaborating with the world’s most famous department store (and quintessentially English brand). And we fully expect that this particular edition will become a highly collectible watch in the future.
Words by Celine Simon
The Tudor Black Bay “Harrods Edition” is available to buy here at Tempo & Time. Click here for further info.