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The Tudor Black Bay Red ETA 79220R is inspired by the 7900 Submariner series, released in 1978. The 41mm case is comfortable with the curved lugs, whilst a lug to lug measurement of 50mm gives the watch an impressive presence on the wrist. The watch is brushed on the top with a light polished finish on the sides and rear. The big Rose crown is impressive and in excellent condition. The Stainless bezel is unidirectional and has a bright red insert with 60-minute scale. The sapphire crystal is domed and sits above the matte black dial. The gilt minute track is expertly applied with a visible texture. The snowflake hands are gilt-edged and coated in bright luminance, with a gilt sweeping second hand.


The coin edge screw back case is to the exterior, with the serial number and reference engraved on the lugs. Inside is the automatic ETA 2824 with 25 jewels and 28,800 BPH, which has been modified, removing the date function, with improved anti-shock and updated mainspring.


The watch comes on a 22mm genuine leather watch Geckota strap with original Tudor deployment buckle.


The case has been polished as it had noticeable scratching.


What makes this watch so popular is the ETA movement and it being the first release. With more and more brands achieving in-house movements, or movements created by a specialist on their behalf, the stance towards stock-nought ETA movements has softened. This means that these soon to be, or already discontinued models and now desierable.


With Tudor going from strength to strength, in 20 year’s time the brand will have existed for the majority of its second existence, for longer with in-house movements than without. Therefore, this watches may be seen as a jump back to the renaissance era for the brand, with the oldies gaining more admiration.


Full condition report below.

Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.



The dial is in perfect condition and has a beautiful matte black finish. It has the raised hour markers and gilt minute track, Tudor logo and smiley signing.



The hands are original. They are of snowflake style and are in excellent condition.



The glass is sapphire crystal and is in average condition. It has a couple of small nicks which are visible in the images.



The crown is original and is in excellent condition. It has some very light surface scratching but has no nicks and the rose is in very good condition. The crown tube colour is also perfect.



The case is Stainless Steel and is in good condition having been refinished recently on the front and sides.



The case back is Stainless Steel and it’s in good condition with light surface scratching and some small nicks on the underside of the lugs, as expected with wear. It maintains its original brushed finish.



The watch comes on a 22mm genuine leather watch Geckota strap with original Tudor deployment buckle.



The movement is an ETA 2824 which is not in-house. Yet this movement is incredibly popular and makes the smiley the watch it is.


The movement has been recently serviced.

It has a daily gain of +2 seconds, with an amplitude of 320 degrees and a beat error of 0.1 m/s.


Case dimensions:

Case width: 41mm

Case width with crown: 45mm

Case length: 41mm

Case length lug to lug: 50mm

Lug width: 22mm

Case Depth: 13mm

Pre-owned Tudor Smiley Black Bay Red Bezel Diver Watch Ref 79220R, ETA movement

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