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What it’s not saying is what’s gone into the watch’s movement to prevent its parts from being magnetised. Tudor’s Calibre MT5602-1U (“U” because it looks like a magnet – a nice bit of whimsy) has a silicon hairspring, a tungsten rotor and ceramic ball-bearings, but beyond that, the brand is keeping its counsel on the magic ingredients that make the movement so resistant to magnetic fields. Omega, for the record, is just as tight-lipped, but there’s no suggestion the two have shared technologies in the way Breitling and Tudor have swapped movements in the past.
Forgetting the aesthetics of an all-black ceramic watch for a moment, and that the Black Bay Ceramic is the most advanced watch Tudor has ever made, this is an interesting development for Swiss watchmaking. You suspect there might be some at Omega who will shed a tear at having to share the certification after having it all to themselves for so long. But the reality is that Tudor’s successful application further legitimises the certification and will bring it to the eyes of more consumers. If and when others do the same (it’s hard to see Rolex following in the footsteps of its little brother, but surely Breitling, IWC and other toolwatch specialists would benefit), they’ll legitimise it further still. For Swiss watchmaking and its consumers, today’s news should therefore be all to the good.
We’re not quite comparing apples with apples here, though. There is a twist. Tudor’s all-ceramic Master Chronometer, which comes with two straps, is £3,550. Omega’s all-ceramic Seamaster 300 Master Chronometer is £6,950. Let battle commence.