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Tudorcollector Exclusive - Unique Tudor Royal and Specialist Protection Unit Black Bay

January 17 2018 at 10:04 AM

Ross Povey  (Login Oysterdater)
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dsc01115.jpg One of the most exciting aspects of collecting watches is the discovery of something new, a never before seen example – a watch issued to specialist branches of the military or police. Today I am able to share with you all a unique, officially issued Tudor Black Bay for the Metropolitan Police Force.

Tudor has created a unique Black Bay watch at the special request of the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit (RaSP). The project has been delivered through Watches of Switzerland, in Regent Street, London.

The RaSP Unit comprises elite armed officers who are tasked with protecting the Royal Family, parliamentary and government officials as well as visiting diplomats. The unit is also responsible for armed protection of Royal Residences in London, Windsor and Scotland.

The watch is a modified Black Bay Blue, featuring a unique dial without the usual text on the bottom half; instead there is the insignia of the RaSP Unit. The RaSP have an unofficial motto of being the “The Shield that protects the Crown”. This signifies not only the role of the unit but there is also some correlation with the fact that their insignia encompasses a crown and a Tudor rose logo…in the same way that Tudor watches are also intrinsically linked to the shield and the Tudor rose. Put that together with the Royal family’s descent from The House of Tudor and you can see it was mean’t to be.


The quality of the dial work is beautiful, high quality as always from the Wilsdorf stable. The colours and detail are amazing…I personally love it!

As we would expect with an issued watch, the BBs all feature engraved casebacks! Each piece carries the unique ‘P number’ of the owner as well as the name of the unit. This batch of special watches has been issued in 75 pieces, each one uniquely numbered xx/75.


No more versions of this special watch will be produced and they are only available to members of the unit.

This message has been edited by Oysterdater from IP address on Jan 21, 2018 3:02 AM

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Richard Carver
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Very interesting.

January 17 2018, 10:14 AM 

Thanks for the report Ross!

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thanks for sharing!

January 17 2018, 4:07 PM 

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(Login Rome1680)
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Have any sold?

January 17 2018, 5:09 PM 

Ross, do you know of any RaSP officers that have sold their watches into the collecting community?

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(Login watchyouwant)
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very interesting news ! and they choose the only model, that ......

January 17 2018, 5:10 PM 

has the vintage look. no gold anywhere. handframes; writing..... this is the best BB model in my opinion. kind regards. achim

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D. Duffee
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Thank you Ross !

January 17 2018, 10:24 PM 

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(Login Chye)
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Thanks for Sharing! The insignia's nicely done. nt

January 17 2018, 11:09 PM 


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(Login seve1945)
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Thanks for the report-- plus great write up and photos. nt.

January 18 2018, 6:10 AM 

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January 18 2018, 9:46 AM 

Bucherer launched its own limited edition too only available in their store ASFAIK.

"Bucherer is one of the oldest names in watch retail. The shop's 130th birthday is fast approaching (2018), and to celebrate they've created a capsule collection of watches all focused around the color blue. The latest of the so-called Blue Editions is this partnership with Tudor, the Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue. And it's exactly what it sounds like."

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(Login scurfa)
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Excellent post Ross, it makes more sense for...

January 18 2018, 12:14 PM 

..the police and the military to ask Tudor for a run of watches.

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very cool to see, thanks for sharing Ross !!

January 18 2018, 6:39 PM 


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Many Tks for sharing Ross, Very interesting !

January 18 2018, 11:31 PM 

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Martin B
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Thx Ross! That is a very cool watch! nt

January 19 2018, 1:28 AM 

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(Login gfnyc2)
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Kinda Cool

January 19 2018, 6:08 AM 

Cool and groovy , want one 👍😜 G.

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Mike Wood
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It's a bit "niche"...

January 20 2018, 2:32 AM 

75 watches with the red rose of Lancashire and the Queen's crown. That's not even one watch for each town in Lancashire!

I hope these don't just become another watch for the flippers, and actually stay with the original entitled owners.


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(Login fatboyharris)
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Nice to see the various special commissioned pieces

January 22 2018, 9:36 AM 

Thanks for sharing, I didn't realise the Tudor rose had been used by all monarchs since Henry VII...learn something new everyday.



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(Login lambstew)

I wonder kind of strap is worn by those members?

February 11 2018, 5:31 PM 


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Richard Carver
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Try here...

February 12 2018, 5:26 AM 

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