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Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In addition to sorting out all the facts to learn about a watch, some watches you just won’t know if you’ll like until you put them on. It was that way with the “two-tone” Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G (steel & gold) 79733N. Appreciating a watch is really a combination of three things. First is liking the way it looks. Second is liking the way it feels while wearing it. Third is an ability to feel that the value is worth the asking price – especially when compared to the competition. Walking by the window of the Tudor booth at Baselworld 2017, I didn’t think much of the “me too” two-tone Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G with its attractive but predictably handsome steel and gold looks. Then, wearing it, I finally realized that it was, for me, Swiss Tudor’s star of the show.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I can’t speak for the entire world, but I know that in the United States the Tudor Heritage Black Bay collection is easily the most successful and best selling of Tudor’s watches. For that reason, Tudor has created a rather large family of Black Bay models, while at the same time trying to offer a healthy level of variety (versus mere color changes) between the various models. For the most part, I can endorse most of them as good choices for those seeking a decently priced classic-looking sports watch. Though I don’t personally have one yet. Eventually, I probably will. One good reason for that is that I’m pretty stuck on Tudor’s big brother Rolex, even though I do feel that Tudor offers a lot of value for those whose price cap is about $3,000 – $5,000.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Looking at the current Tudor catalog in front of me, there are eight distinct versions of the Heritage Black Bay, and many of those are available on various strap/bracelet combinations. That means a lot of consumer choice, and it seems that each year Tudor adds more to the collection, in addition to offering cosmetic options such as new straps. I do hope that the collection doesn’t go overboard with too many models being available. I think the Tudor Heritage Black Bay family is about as full as it should be right now, and if Tudor adds more they need to discontinue some of the older models.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For 2017, Tudor added both the Heritage Black Bay Steel and the Black Bay S&G. Other than both being introduced in 2017, what they share in common distinct from other Black Bay watches is the presence of a date window on the dial at 3 o’clock. Other Black Bay watches have time-only dials without the date. This feature is something you love, hate, or are totally ambivalent to depending on the particular flavor of watch nerd that you are. I happen to for the most part exist in the latter opinion camp.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As I said above, S&G stands for “steel and gold,” and for whatever reason, Tudor isn’t calling this a “two-tone” model. When I first saw it, I thought that it was a steel and bronze watch, but it is steel with 18k yellow gold. The version on the bracelet has gold center-links, but given the price point, these are not fully gold. Rather, you have center links wrapped in a jacket of gold, with steel on the inside. This isn’t plating, exactly, but a jacket of gold. This accounts for the still fair price. In any event, I see these as high-quality but a “poor man’s two-tone Rolex Submariner.”

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Gold is also used on the case around the bezel and for the crown. More gold color is used on the bezel text, as well as on the dial for the hands and hour markers. If you like the look of a two-tone classic diving watch and can’t afford the $10,000-plus Rolex Submariner model, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G is going to be your best bet. Two-tone looks like this (especially against a black dial) are very handsome and masculine, in my opinion, but also offer a welcome amount of flashiness. No, it isn’t a look that is for everyone, but I happen to like it a lot.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Tudor Black Bay case is 41mm wide, which is 1mm larger than the 40mm wide Rolex Submariner. The case is water-resistant to 200m with a dramatically tall “box style” sapphire crystal whose design is meant to hearken to vintage timepieces. The gold elements of the bezel and crown are apparent but, honestly, a lot less obvious in the version of this reference 79733N on a strap versus a bracelet. In my opinion, there simply isn’t too much of a reason to get the S&G version of the Tudor Black Bay over the standard Black Bay if you are going to get it on a strap. Then again, the price difference between the two is only 400 Swiss francs.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the matching two-tone bracelet, the S&G comes alive and makes a very compelling case for itself. You get a modern-sized, timeless-looking, elegant dive watch with some flashy sex appeal. The Tudor Black Bay Steel, for example, is the totally manly version, while the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G is proper for social situations when you want to look a bit impressive. Moreover, the two-tone steel with 18K yellow gold-wrapped center link bracelet has the riveted edges that Tudor introduced a few years ago. Such a style hearkens to early metal watch bracelets and adds welcome detailing to the overall look.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N is the in-house-made Tudor caliber MT5612. This is the same as in the Tudor Black Bay Steel given that it has a date indicator wheel. The other Tudor Black Bay watches have a caliber MT5601, which is more or less the same but without the date. The automatic movement is COSC Chronometer certified, running at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. It also has a variable inertia balance wheel with a silicon balance spring.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The only downside to getting the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G on the bracelet is that it bumps the price up by 1,150 Swiss francs. That is a bit much even if the bracelet has some gold in it. Then again, I know of plenty of entirely steel bracelets that when purchased alone cost more than that. Further, both the 79733N watch on the bracelet or the leather strap comes with a fabric NATO-style strap as well.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N Two-Tone Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As I said, if the idea of a two-tone classic diving watch appeals to you, and the two-tone Rolex Submariner is out of your price range, then the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G is a great choice. It is not only less than half the price, but a lot of people will like the brushed versus polished center links. Price for the Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G 79733N on the leather strap is 3,600 Swiss francs, and on the matching two-tone steel and 18k yellow gold bracelet the price is 4,750 Swiss francs. This is the most expensive non-chronograph version of the Black Bay, but still a pretty great deal. tudorwatch.com

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  • I like it a lot and the price is very reasonable for TT with bracelet.

    That date though…image if they had used a black disk with gold printing…

    • David Chang

      I like it a lot too, and actually really like the look on the leather strap, though kinda agree that if you get something like this, you need the two tone bracelet.

      As for the date window, i actually like the light background, as a black background might make that space look a little empty since the rest of the hour markers are all light colored. But the white for the date window does look a little bit weird compared to the off white for the hour markers. I think it would have been cool to see them use an off white for the date window background with gold text.

  • commentator bob

    The Oyster bracelet has never looked good in two-tone. Only the Jubilee looks good in two-tone.

  • Word Merchant

    Another fantastic Tudor – they’re unstoppable at present.

    For some reason, no idea why, although the Black Bay looks very much like a Sub, it just doesn’t work on a bracelet, whereas the Sub doesn’t work on anything but. So I’d wear this on a leather strap, or a Nato. And luckily enough, Tudor supply both.

  • IG

    Looks nice on NATO (real men’s choice), the two-tone bracelet pushes it into the used car salesman territory.

  • error406

    Wondering what this looks like on a regular bracelet. Never been into two tone, or any kind of gold, but this looks nice and subtle. Except for the bling bracelet that is.

  • Mark1884

    I like the BB S&G a lot. The thing that bothers me, is that bracelet. Not that it is 2T, that is fine. It’s those dam rivets!!
    They remind me of some vintage hollow link bracelet. Can’t get past that.
    The BB S&G looks great on a strap though (never NATO!)

  • BNABOD

    Not usually a gold fan but on this one it works minus the 2T bracelet. Looks good on the leather strap but how thick is the gold jacket? How long lasting will it be? Author is saying it is not gold plated but coating a steel center link or wrapping it in gold seems to me like mumbo jumbo to accept the price …

    • Mike V

      I think the gold “wrapping” reference used to be called rolled gold years ago on vintage watches. This is a much thicker layer of gold than gold plating provides. I have several watches with rolled gold cases going back to the 1930’s and the rolled gold does hold up nicely over time if done correctly.

      • BNABOD

        would be good to know how thick the wrapper is to then be able to make the call 🙂

      • Daniel Harper

        Sounds very similar to the old “gold filled” technique as well? Possibly another synonym? I have a 100 year old Elgin pocket watch that is 18k gold filled and has only a few chips in the plate by the crown. Held up like a champ

  • Yan Fin

    Never thought of two tone without bracelet. Agreed, this bracelet looks weird. But strap is definitely less practical for this kind of watch. I think, single tone steel bracelet should work better. In this case, why two tone watch? So, for me it comes back to Submariner looks

  • commentator bob

    If you want to wear this with a strap a Black Bay Bronze, Black or Steel is going to look better.

    For the cost on a bracelet a nice vintage Rolex two-tone on a Jubilee bracelet can be had.

  • SuperStrapper

    El barfo.

  • ??????

    Boring.

  • Yojimbo
  • Anna Nuehm

    Wow, looks great on a black strap.

  • Farhad Nabizadeh

    Saw somewhere that only the bezel is solid gold and the rest are “jacketed” in gold. Any idea?

  • DanW94

    This looks absolutely stellar and totally at home on the two-tone oyster. Not so much on the fabric or leather. It looks like a forced pairing.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    If the bracelet was all steel it’d be much better.

  • Rob Lawley

    Great article Ariel, can I just ask though, is the leather strap option black, or ‘calf brown’ as described on the label in the image posted above?

  • Brian Taylor

    I would prefer a ceramic bezel and adjustable clasp like the Pelagos. I’m going to hold off a year or so to see if Tudor will make these changes.

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