The TUDOR Watch Company landed the sweet deal of partnering with the 2019 Rugby World Cup and New Zealand’s national rugby team. So what do you do when partnering with two such programs? First, you need a reliable watch that keeps working both while and after taking a beating. And second…well, it is the All Blacks, so you’re pretty much obligated when it comes to colors, right? That’s why TUDOR came up with the Black Bay Chrono Dark.
The Black Bay watch is built around the Calibre MT5813 movement, which has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. The MT5813 has a silicone balance spring and a 70-hour power reserve. A column wheel mechanism and a vertical clutch are the primary features of this movement. The Black Bay watch is also a hybrid, taking the best of TUDOR’s dive watches and combining them with a classic chronograph. The watch measures 41mm wide and has a two-register chronograph display showing running seconds and a 45-minute totalizer. A date window is located at 6 o’clock. TUDOR stayed with their established Snowflake hands and applied luminous to each of the markers.
The dark part of the blacked out watch is done by taking all the brushed steel parts and coating them in a matte black PVD treatment. On the case back, TUDOR engraves the production number of the watch. The Chrono Dark also features a sapphire crystal and 200 meters of water resistance.
The blacking out of the watch isn’t the only reference to the partnership with the All Blacks. TUDOR is making the Chrono Dark an ongoing limited edition watch. That may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s nonetheless true. TUDOR will be limiting the number of Chrono Darks made to the number of players that have played for the All Blacks throughout the team’s history. Currently, that number sits at 1,181. The ongoing part of the relationship means that every time the team adds a player, TUDOR will add a watch.
TUDOR’s Black Bay Chrono Dark has a big reputation to live up to, but much like the All Blacks, this watch is ready to prove itself on the field.