Tudor - the sister brand to Rolex. Founded in 1946, headquartered in Geneva, this Swiss watch brand aims at manufacturing retro-chic styled, classic Tudor watches with high-quality mechanics and finishing at an economical price. Regaling to a larger audience Tudor is recognized as a trendsetter in the watch industry.
History of Tudor
Tudor, the Swiss watch brand began its journey in 1946. It was created by Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, with the aim of producing luxury watches with a level of quality close to Rolex, but at a lower price range. During the period of the 1930s and 1940s, Tudor was successful in pitching itself and it soon grew into one of the world's best watch brands. The 1950s were marked as a golden age for Tudor as during this period it launched it's very first models including the Oyster and Oyster Prince. These Tudor watches blended Rolex style and build quality but bore a market-friendly price. Due to their affordability, these versions of Tudor watches attracted a wide audience of customers.
While heading towards another milepost, in 1954 Tudor debuted one of its most iconic watch models, the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner. This legendary Tudor watches model was much alike to the Rolex's 6204 Submariner. Many of its features, including the screw-down back and crown, resembled the Rolex's Submariner model. Although the brand has Rolex as its parent company but encashes its own rich history with its use in various military and sporting contexts. All through the 20th century, Tudor watches, specifically, the 7922 model Tudor Submariner was issued by France's Marine Nationale to its members. The Marine Nationale even assisted in testing and development of Tudor dive watches. The Tudor Submariner was widely adorned by various military organizations, including the Jamaican Defense Force, Canadian Navy, and United States Navy, due to their promising quality and outstanding durability.
Tudor has left no stone unturned in a bid to bring upon newer innovations. It is widely accepted due to its experimental designs. Unlike Rolex, Tudor is a home to unique timepieces including variations with the cases, colorful dial chronographs, and Montecarlo-inspired color schemes.
The recent inventions by Tudor blend the minimalistic tools with eye catchy chronographs. To stress on its newer inventions five of Tudor most popular watch models have been profiled below:
Tudor Black Bay
The Black Bay - a stylish and highly functional dive watch was debuted in 2012. It drives the inspiration from several of Tudor Submariner dive watches. This amazing Tudor diver watch comes with 41mm case size and is waterproof up to 200m. It is not directly inspired by just one model but it is an amalgamation of various Tudor models, covering every feature of perfect diver watch. The first source of inspiration for this killer watch is stated to be the original Tudor 7922 Submariner, which was released in 1954. And the second one is the iconic Tudor 1967 Submariner 7021 which was known as the Snowflake Submariner. Tudor Heritage Black Bay hour hand is an obvious inspiration from the Snowflake Submariner. The Tudor Black Bay dial is equally functional and elegant. The hands and lume plots are made out of pink gold and the unidirectional rotating bezel is made from steel. The dial is available in various hues of colors with a matt finishing. Its dome-shaped, sapphire crystal gives it a unique and eye-catching appearance.
Although it is a complete dive watch, the Black Bay is available with either a steel rivet bracelet or vintage leather strap. With its retro styling and excellent build quality, the Black Bay watch has everything you could expect from a perfect dive watch at an extremely reasonable price point.
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield
Unlike the other Tudor models, which draws inspiration from Tudor vintage watches, the Fastrider Black Shield is absolutely modern. This ride watches drives the inspiration from new Ducati Diavel, a suitably awesome looking bike which also sports a similar finish. The Tudor Fastrider BlackShield is a bold race watch that stands out as one of most creative models released by Tudor in recent years. With its matte finished black dial, bezel, and ceramic monobloc case, the Fastrider Black Shield is as black as a wristwatch can possibly get. However, when exposed to lights the Tudor Black Shield exhibits a different look. It is adorned with the partially skeletonized hands allowing the owner to see through to the subdials underneath. Luminous paint also appears on the three chronograph subdials. So, this makes the Tudor Fastrider Chrono watch brighter at night as compared to daytime. Having 42mm case size, the Tudor Black Shield watch is a midsized chronograph and is powered by a Valjoux 7753 movement.
Still, the Tudor Black Shield is a skilled timepiece that brings Tudor’s sense of style very much into the modern day. With its black leather strap, it is a stunning casual watch with a design that’s sure to attract a good amount of attention.
Tudor Heritage Ranger
Launched in 2014, the Tudor Heritage Ranger is a tool watch that closely resembles the Oyster Prince Ranger of the 1960s. The modern Tudor Ranger withholds a simple, Explorer-inspired dial that makes it stand out as a classic tool watch. With the 41mm case size, the Tudor Ranger stainless steel case is larger than most vintage tool watches, giving it alluring looks on the wrist. Appending a stainless steel bracelet without end links and its size stands out even more. The Tudor Ranger watch is powered by an in-house Tudor caliber 2824 movement having a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. It is waterproof to 150 meters, making it an undoubtful choice for any sports savvy person. The Tudor Ranger Heritage is a watch that blends the retro style with the feel of a modern tool watch. If you like the minimalist, military-inspired look, you will find a lot to like in the Tudor Ranger.
The Pelagos is the Tudor's deepest dive watch capable of descending to 500 meters below sea level. Tudor Pelagos was first released in 2012. With its unquestionably modern styling and 42mm titanium case, the Pelagos immediately attracted attention from swiss diver watches enthusiasts. Three things that make Tudor Pelagos stand apart from other Tudor's collection are: the square hour markers, the date window (free of a cyclops), and the Tudor Pelagos blue or Tudor Pelagos black finish. The Tudor Pelagos also has Tudor's iconic "Snowflake" hour hand, adding to its modern-meets-vintage look. The Tudor Pelagos titanium watch is a technologically stuffed watch. Its MT5621 automatic movement surpasses the COSC Chronometer standards and has a 70-hour power reserve. The titanium dive watch also is waterproof and has a modern style. Its modest weight stands out as the ideal dive watch for everyday use. It has a brushed titanium case instead of polished which makes it resistant to scratches.
Other editions of Tudor watches that need to be admired as well include - Tudor North Flag, Tudor GMT, Tudor Heritage Chrono.
The Tudor is house to many such exquisite watch models. It has its own recognition felt by being bejeweled to the wrists of many legends. You can be the next in the list so soon adorn your watchlist with any of this Tudor edition.