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Watch Compare: Tudor Heritage Black Bay vs Pelagos

November 3, 2017

BY Paul Altieri


Both the Heritage Black Bay and the Pelagos are signature dive watch collections from Tudor. While the collections are indeed modern, they do take inspiration from several famous vintage Tudor timepieces. Let’s take a look at some Heritage Black Bay and Pelagos watches to see how they stack up.

Black Bay vs Pelagos

The Tudor Black Bay has a “big crown” which reminds many people of a vintage Submariner.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay vs Pelagos: Case and Bracelet

First up we have the Heritage Black Bay Steel (ref. 79730) and the Heritage Black Bay SG (ref. 79733N). Both models debuted just this year at Baselworld 2017. As their names suggest, the Steel version sports a 41mm steel case while the SG (a.k.a. Steel Gold) includes a steel case with yellow gold details. Both versions feature large screw-down winding crowns, reminiscent of the famous Tudor ref. 7924 “Big Crown” from 1958.

To keep the price accessible, the sister branch, Tudor, used a variety of gold applications on the Heritage Black Bay SG model including gold-capping the crown. There are also the yellow gold-capped center links on the bracelet of the SG along with solid gold end-links. The rivet-style bracelet of both the Heritage Black Bay Steel and SG are also vintage-inspired, drawing on Tudor watches from the 1950s and 1960s. Both watches come with an extra fabric strap for a whole different way to wear the watches.

On the other hand, the blue Tudor Pelagos (ref. 25600TB) and the black Tudor Pelagos (ref. 25600TN) are both fashioned in steel and titanium. Equipped with 42mm cases, the Pelagos dive watches look and wear quite larger than the Heritage Black Bay ones. The titanium bracelets of the Pelagos watches include a super practical spring-loaded clasp. This allows the clasp to expand and contract according to the wearer’s wrist motion for optimal fit and comfort. As a pro diving watch, the Tudor Pelagos also comes with a regular length rubber strap and a diver’s extension rubber strap to wear over a wet suit.

Black Bay vs Pelagos

This Pelagos is equipped with a blue dial and a bezel.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay vs Pelagos: Dial and Bezel

A look at the dials of both the Heritage Black Bay and the Pelagos reveals the iconic snowflake-style hands. These distinct hands are taken from those Tudor watches destined for the French National Navy in the 1970s and now on the wrists of famous celebrities. In addition to the center hands, all models include a date window at 3 o’clock.

Since these are diving watches, both the Heritage Black Bay and the Pelagos have great lume on the dial. The Heritage BB has round indexes while the Pelagos includes square ones. Furthermore, the inverted triangle indexes and batons are thicker on the Pelagos compared to the slimmer ones on the Heritage Black Bay.

Depending on the version, the Pelagos dial comes in bright blue or classic black, both with white details. The Heritage Black Bay watches features domed black dials. To match the two-tone construction of the SG version, its dial has yellow gold details completed with gilded style text.

The Pelagos watches include ceramic unidirectional diving bezels in matching blue or black along with fantastic luminescence. Conversely, the Heritage Black Bay Steel comes equipped with a steel bezel while the SG has a black bezel insert.

Black Bay vs Pelagos

Here is a close up of the Tudor Black Bay.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay vs Pelagos: Movement

All of four of these Tudor diving watches run on the in-house Tudor Manufacture Caliber MT5612. It’s worth noting that this is the first time that the Black Bay collection offers the date function as seen on both the SG and the Steel versions.

The MT5612 automatic movement provides a 70-hour power reserve with a frequency rate of 28,800 beats per hour (4Hz). Of course, this Tudor movement boasts the coveted COSC certification.

The Heritage Black Bay dive watches are water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet) while the Pelagos timepieces can go deeper with a water resistance rating of 500 meters (1,640 feet).

Black Bay vs Pelagos

Which watch do you prefer? The Black Bay or the Pelagos?

Tudor Heritage Black Bay or Tudor Pelagos?

Although all carry signature design details from Tudor’s archives, the Heritage Black Bay dons a more vintage vibe while the Pelagos is more contemporary.

Both collections and all four watches are superb in their own way, presenting fantastic aesthetics and top-notch mechanics, offered at impressive Tudor value-driven prices.

Of these four Tudor dive watches, which do you prefer?




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