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Tudor 79210CNU-0001

On my wrist, right now, is a Tudor Black Bay Ceramic, with a black bezel, vintage 2015. In a way, this is peak Black Bay, or at least, peak Black Bay of a certain era. The watch, as Ben Clymer noted in 2012, is not a reproduction of any particular vintage Tudor. Instead, it’s a combination of greatest-hits design cues from vintage Tudor dive watches, including the snowflake hands Tudor first used for the Tudor Submariner ref. 7016/0, in 1968, the big crown from the ref. 7922, first used in 1954, as well as its slab-sided case design and gilt dial.

And the movement is also peak Tudor – of a certain era. It’s a modified ETA 2824. Tudor applied its own finishing to the main plate, bridges, ratchet wheel, and screw heads, and used a Kif anti-shock system for balance pivots, as well as modifying the escape wheel teeth and pallet fork to produce greater rate stability (even after six years, mine keeps excellent time). What all that means is that while the base caliber was supplied by ETA, extra trouble was taken to make sure that if not a Rolex caliber, the movement could keep time to Rolex standards.
While the watch was, in terms of design, a bit of a new direction for Tudor – and controversial among some enthusiasts at launch, because it was in fact not a copy paste of a vintage Tudor Sub – it had, and has, its own retro-nostalgia appeal. Tudor fans are still waiting for a straight reboot of the Tudor Submariner (and I suspect we can just keep waiting) but, then and now, the Black Bay has oodles of charm if you like that sort of thing at all. Today’s model has switched out the rose on the dial for a shield (full disclosure, I miss the rose) but it’s still a lot of bang for the buck. The movement is the in-house(ish) MT5602, with silicon balance spring, and the price has hardly gone up at all – a measly fifty bucks, at $3,475 on a strap, vs. $3,425 in 2015.

The reason I’m going through all this is because that watch, compared to the new Black Bay Ceramic, shows an interesting arc of product development, as well as evolution of design at Tudor.
The Black Bay Ceramic, first of all, is visibly and immediately a Black Bay. Sure, it’s in ceramic now, but there’s still the familiar slab-sided case, with its tank-like proportions (and I mean the armored fighting vehicle, not the Cartier wristwatch). It’s a lighter watch, thanks to the case material, but it’s still at its heart the burly, retro-adjacent sports watch we’ve all come to know and love.

Or is it? While the original Black Bay (and BB 58) made no bones about reaching for the retro, the Black Bay Ceramic is in some ways a totally new Black Bay. No slightly Ye Olde Vintage Watch cues here. Instead, we have a slickly rendered exercise in glossy and matte black textures, without a speck of color anywhere. The gilt is gone, with the dial legend now in muted grayscale lettering, and the ceramic bezel is uncompromising in its devotion to the Dark Side – there isn’t even a bezel lume pip.
If you’re used to what the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic was before the Ceramic debuted, it’s actually shocking. It’s also eerily beautiful. The luminous markers and hands seem to float, glowing by their own light, like the landing lights on the deck of an aircraft carrier at night.

It’s a thought-provoking watch, and indeed comes across as a bit of an intentional provocation (which is not a new thing for either Rolex or Tudor – think of that platinum anniversary Daytona from 2013, or more recently, Tudor’s 2019 P01 – both watches that had a non-zero percentage of enthusiasts gnashing their teeth). The whole thing is, yes, a Black Bay, but in its slick, icy modernity, it also seems a rejection of everything we thought the Black Bay stood for. The fact that there’s no lume pip means you’re pushing it even calling this a “dive watch.”

It’s also, not gonna lie, gasp-inducingly handsome. Both back and front – that METAS-certified MT5602-IU is almost as nicely turned out on the back, as the watch is topside – it’s got all the sable seductiveness of an SR-71 Blackbird. Unlike the spy plane, though, the color scheme of the BB Ceramic isn’t driven by practical considerations – it is, instead, design for the sake of design.
But that’s not a dealbreaker. Tudor, let’s not forget, has a perfectly nice, purely practical dive watch – the Pelagos – in its collections. The BB Ceramic isn’t that, exactly, but then, it never has been.

Oh, sure, the original version I have on right now is arguably a more practical dive watch – at least, the bezel was obviously intended to be readable and I don’t think anyone would accuse the BB Ceramic bezel of striving for legibility (the numbers basically disappear in low light).

At the same, though, the Black Bay was always the more design-oriented, between it and the Pelagos – at first, in a gently retro-kitsch fashion, and now, in a much more contemporary idiom. It is less a dive watch than an illustration, so to speak, of a dive watch, but it gets points for style and contemporary flair which the original never dreamt of. And this kind of evolution is hardly unique to Tudor – there are only about a bajillion floridly colorful G-Shocks which are hell and gone from the Brutalist charm of the original DW-5000.
The whole thing makes me wonder just how the Black Bay Ceramic would have landed if the caliber MT5602-IU hadn’t been part of the launch as well. Purely from the standpoint of utility, it seems as if it’d have made more sense to launch it in the Pelagos – a contemporary technical movement for a contemporary technical dive watch.

That’s not how Tudor decided to play it. Instead, they went for something much more apt to become a talking piece (our launch article has 250+ comments and counting, which is something you usually have to be a travel clock or a Black Panther Royal Oak Concept to pull off) and while the grumpy enthusiast in me wishes they’d used it as a chance to bring the Pelagos back into the foreground, I don’t think there’s any doubt that making something as provocative and punchy as the Black Bay Ceramic was a viable strategy too.

That said, producing the first METAS-certified watch that doesn’t say “Omega” on the dial is undoubtedly a power move no matter how you slice it. It’s worth remembering that METAS is not just about resistance to magnetism, although that’s a big part of it. There is quite a bit more to the standard, including stringent precision and durability tests (applied to the whole watch, not just the movement – the COSC, which certifies chronometers, tests movements only). Having Tudor (and by extension, Rolex) support the standard is more than just an obvious challenge to Omega; it’s also a validation of the standard’s potential as a distinguishing feature in Swiss watchmaking in general. I can only assume everyone at the Federal Office Of Metrology in Bern had an extra glass of schnapps after lunch when they got the news.
And, not to put too fine a point on it, it’s a darned – no ma’am, a damned fine looking watch. It’s not what we have gotten used to thinking of when we think of the Black Bay, but that’s both okay and necessary, as the lineup of watches from Tudor evolves. I don’t know if I’m cool enough to pull one off – but someone is.
Tudor has been making some surprising moves lately, including (depending on your expectations) an 18k gold version of the Black Bay 58, and a sterling silver version of the same watch as well. Now Tudor’s announced another surprise: The Black Bay Ceramic. This is a Black Bay with a full ceramic case and ceramic bezel insert, and the watch has a new movement as well – the caliber MT5602-1U.
The most notable feature of the watch, however, is one you can’t see. This is the first watch from Tudor to be certified by the Swiss Federal Institute Of Metrology in Bern (METAS) which in 2015, in partnership with Omega, developed a new certification standard for wristwatches. METAS certification requires the watch in question to be Swiss-made and COSC-certified, and as well, to pass a battery of additional tests. These include testing the watch for precision in 6 positions and at two levels of power reserve (100% and 33%) as well as waterproofness, length of power reserve, and most importantly, resistance to magnetic fields. The new Black Bay Ceramic is resistant to magnetic fields up to at least 15,000 gauss, which makes it, for all intents and purposes, completely resistant to magnetism in daily life.
All testing for METAS certification is done at Tudor HQ in Geneva. Another first for the watch is on the dial – this is the first Black Bay to actually say “Black Bay” on the dial. HODINKEE’s Danny Milton says, “Usually the dial has the depth rating (gone) and ‘Chronometer Officially Certified’ (gone). Went from three lines to two lines of text which I think people will like.”
This is actually not the first Tudor 79210CNU Black Bay in ceramic – you might remember that that honor goes to a watch Tudor created for the Only Watch benefit auction in 2019 (the auction is held every two years, and proceeds go to benefit research into therapies and a cure for muscular dystrophy). That watch was the Tudor 79210CNU Black Bay Ceramic One, which hammered for CHF 350,000. The new Black Bay Ceramic is, however, the first full production Tudor Black Bay in ceramic.

This is also the first time that a METAS certified watch has been produced by a brand other than Omega, which up until now has monopolized the certification.
The production of a METAS certified watch by Tudor is a logical move. For one thing, it means that the company is now in the forefront of technical mechanical horology, and it gives it a very strong competing value proposition with other brands, especially those producing sports watches and dive watches in the sub-$5000 range. It also serves to further distinguish Tudor from Rolex, which is increasingly important moving forward. Tudor’s ability to present designs that set it apart from the Crown has become more and more firmly established in recent years, and while its own family of calibers were a distinguishing feature, the Tudor movements (which come from Kenissi) now have, with METAS certification, a major advantage for the consumer.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black Chronograph 79360N

To mark 50 years of its chronographs, Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black Chronograph 79360N is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel with a reworked case and two dial options with contrasting sub-counters in the purest tradition of the sports chronograph.

Since the launch in 1970 of the Oysterdate model, its first chronograph, TUDOR has always produced watches that are closely tied to the world of motor sport. Since 1954, TUDOR has likewise been constantly improving its professional divers’ watches. The Black Bay Chrono model combines these traditions in a sports chronograph for purists, with contrasting sub-counters and a high-performance automatic Manufacture Calibre, with column wheel and vertical clutch.
Remaining faithful to the Black Bay aesthetic, the Black Bay Chrono model has made the famous “Snowflake” hands – a brand signature for divers’ watches since 1969 – its own, in a version honed to ensure optimum readability on its domed dial.
Available in two versions, matt black or opaline, the dial includes two hollowed sub-counters in contrasting colours, matt black and white opaline respectively, for optimum readability.
Inspired by the first generation of TUDOR chronographs, there is a 45-minute counter and a date aperture positioned at 6 o’clock. The recognisable characteristics of the Black Bay are preserved in a steel case with a 41-millimetre diameter refined by the ingenious cut of the lower part of the sapphire crystal and a repositioned movement.
Typical of the scrupulous attention to detail that is characteristic of the brand, the design of the stainless steel pushers has been inspired by the very first generation of TUDOR chronographs. A fixed bezel in stainless steel with a tachymetric scale insert in black anodised aluminium completes the distinguished appearance of this sporty new chronograph.
The fabric strap is one of the hallmarks of TUDOR, which, in 2010, became one of the first watchmaking brands to offer it with its products. Woven in France on 19th century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company in the St-Etienne region, its manufacturing quality and comfort on the wrist are unique. In 2020, TUDOR and Julien Faure, a 150-year old family company, celebrated ten years of partnership that began with the Heritage Chrono – the first model to be equipped with a fabric strap created by the craftsmen – that was launched at Baselworld 2010.

The Black Bay Chrono model features a black strap with a motif chosen by TUDOR and woven by the craftsmen. The model is also available mounted on a stainless steel bracelet inspired by the folding riveted bracelets made by TUDOR in the 1950s and 1960s. These were famous for having rivet heads for attaching the links, shown on the side of the bracelet.
The links also had a distinct stepped construction. These two aesthetic details appear on today’s model, which still integrates modern manufacturing methods with solid links. Finally, entirely in keeping with the spirit of “1970s racing”, the Black Bay Chrono is offering another choice of bracelet: a bund in aged black leather with ecru topstitching and folding clasp.
The Manufacture Chronograph Calibre MT5813, which powers the Black Bay Chrono model, displays hour, minute, second, chronograph and date functions. It has the finish typical of TUDOR Manufacture Calibres. Its rotor in tungsten monobloc is openwork and satin-brushed with sand-blasted details, and its bridges and mainplate have alternate sand-blasted, polished surfaces and laser decorations.
Boasting a 70-hour power reserve and a silicon balance spring, the Manufacture MT5813 chronograph Calibre is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance exceeding the standards set by this independent institute. In fact, where COSC allows an average variation in the daily running of a watch of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time in a single movement, TUDOR insists on -2 +4 seconds’ variation in its running when it is completely assembled.

A high-performance movement, it was crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. In keeping with the TUDOR philosophy of quality, it presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by the array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products.

Derived from the chronograph manufacture calibre Breitling 01, with a high-precision regulating organ developed by TUDOR and exclusive finishes, this movement is the result of a lasting collaboration between the two brands, which have chosen to pool their expertise in the design and production of certain mechanical movements.
Like other models in the Black Bay range, the Black Bay Chrono has adopted TUDOR’s characteristic angular hands known as “Snowflake” that first appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. The result of a subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking, the Black Bay line is far from simply being an identical rerelease of a classic.

Resolutely anchored in the present, it brings together almost seven decades of TUDOR divers’ watches. Whilst it is neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques and its robustness, reliability, durability and precision as well as the quality of its finish are above modern industry standards.
TUDOR is offering a five-year guarantee on all its products sold after January 1st 2020. This guarantee does not require the watch to be registeredor any maintenance checksand is transferable. All TUDOR products bought between July 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019 will therefore benefit from an 18-month extension to their guarantee, that is to say, a total of three and a half years. TUDOR also recommends that its watches should be serviced approximately every 10 years depending on the model and the extent of its use on a day-to-day basis.
2021 sees fresh versions of the popular Tudor Black Bay Chrono watches arrive with color-palette styles that are sure to make watch hobbyists and those who appreciate vintage sports watches happy. The Tudor Black Bay Chrono collection debuted in 2017 (on aBlogtoWatch here), and then in 2019 Tudor updated the Black Bay Chrono with a slightly refreshed design when releasing the Tudor Black Bay Chronograph S&G (steel and gold), which you can see on aBlogtoWatch here. The 2021 Black Bay Chrono reference M79360N watches offer a few bracelet/strap attachment options, along with the classic “panda” or “reserve panda” set of black and white dials.
Swiss Tudor offers watch hobbyists one of the best ways to enjoy the visual and visceral experience of a vintage sports watch, but in a package that thoroughly modern and not toward the top of the price spectrum. With that said, the field of players competing in these areas continues to develop each for months, as the vintage sports watch trend (even among new watch designs) is still in the middle of playing itself out. Where Tudor will often beat the competition is in offering superlative finishes, case construction, and sheer popularity.

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Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue

Switzerland based Bucherer has long held a reputation as one of Europe’s most respected retailers of watches and jewelry. With 36 locations, including their historic flagship in Lucerne and their Parisian outpost, which is the largest watch and jewelry store in the world, it’s been reported that they are the continent’s biggest seller of high-end timepieces.

To celebrate their 130th anniversary in 2018, they launched Bucherer Blue, a series of collaborations with luxury watchmakers and lifestyle brands centered around the signature hue.

While the initiative has resulted in some seriously drool-worthy pieces, they were only available in Europe — until now. As of 1 p.m. Friday, January 22, one of our absolute favorite watches from the collection, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue, will be available stateside exclusively at Tourneau.

The Tudor Black Bay is a watch that at this point needs no introduction. Originally launched in 2012 as a faithful homage to Tudor’s legendary vintage Submariners, it was the watch that not only put Tudor back on the map in a big way, but also arguably kickstarted the trend for vintage-inspired sport watches that’s still raging today. With its chunky 43mm case, domed bezel and in-house movement, the Black Bay has always offered a staggering amount of watch for the money. It has been the basis of numerous special editions, but the Bucherer Blue model is one that really stands out.
The idea of a bronze alloy case is not unique to the Bucherer Blue, as Tudor introduced the Heritage Black Bay Bronze in 2016. But while that case was in a proprietary alloy that gave the watch a unique dark patina — as opposed to the greenish tint taken on by most Bronze-cased divers — when used as intended, the default combo of a coppery brown bezel and dial never really “popped.” But the Bucherer Blue model lends their signature blue to the bezel and dial, creating a combination that is truly pleasing to the eye.

Adding to the appeal is Tudor’s storied history with blue tones in their watches, specifically the Oyster Prince Submariner ref. 7021 from 1969. This was the combo applied to the legendary milspec dive watches issued to France’s navy, the Marine National.

While the Replica Tudor Black Bay Bucherer Blue also comes with a distressed brown leather strap, the cherry on top is the unique-to-this-model blue and beige woven jacquard strap; a copy of a strap found on an original naval submariner that a clever sailor had fashioned out of a French Military parachute. The Tudor Black Bay Bucherer Blue was a huge hit when it was released in Europe and will undoubtedly be met with the same enthusiasm here in the States.

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black bay fifty eight m79030b-0003

black bay fifty eight m79030b-0003.M79030B-0003 The Black Bay line is the result of the subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch, waterproof to 200 meters, the reference 7924, dubbed the “Big Crown”, was introduced.

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Item: M79030B-0003. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” gets its name from its colour, of course, but also from the year 1958, in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was presented.

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Tudor m79030b-0002 replica watch.Reference#: M79030B-0002, 39 mm diameter, Stainless Steel TDR0120560 M79030B-0002. USD $3,375 Starting at $113/month for 30 months, $3,375 total See Details. Product Actions. Add to cart options Call to Buy 800.348.3332 Add to Wishlist. We have resumed standard shipping, please allow up to 5 business days for delivery.

M79030B-0002 The Black Bay line is the result of the subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch, waterproof to 200 meters, the reference 7924, dubbed the “Big Crown”, was introduced.

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M79030B-0002. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” gets its name from its colour, of course, but also from the year 1958, in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was presented.

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Replica Tudor date day review

Today we are looking at the Tudor reference 76200-62480 Prince Date-Day. I have no idea when this watch (with this dial design) was introduced into the market but this example was purchased in 2012. I have seen a couple of this watch about and first saw one in 2009. I do know that there are a number of these models with this dial design ‘floating’ in Taiwan.

The watch is a basic Tudor offering time, day and date complication. But the most interesting aspect of the watch is the dial and the hands. The dial is of the California design and the hands, Mercedes.

As with all watches in the Tudor range, the case is made from 316L stainless steel. The case is well made and is of the 3-piece design, i.e. bezel, case and case back. The watch is small at 36 mm in diameter and 11 mm thick (at extreme and 10 mm without the Cyclops).

The case has the traditional Tudor/ Rolex trademark polished sides and brushed top. I like the older case design with the drill lugs that this watch has. The bezel is a steel polished bezel.

This watch no longer carries the old made by Rolex markings. It is now marked Tudor, Geneva and Prince. This is alternate with the Tudor logo. The case back has a brushed finish; the center having a vertical brushing while the lip has the circular brushing.

The crown, as is the case back is now a Tudor signed crown. The crown measures 5.5 mm in diameter and is 2.5 mm thick. It is a nice size and using it is a breeze. Nice size crown for the watch. The crown is of the Twin-lock design (line under the crown), which means the watch is water resistant to 10ATM.

As with other Tudor and Rolex, the model number and serial numbers are engraved between the lugs, which are 20 mm apart.

The replica watch has an interesting dial design. It has the California type dial with the combination Roman and Arabic hour markers. The top half of the dial is marked with Roman numerals as hour markers, while the lower half uses the Arabic numerals. I understand that this dial design makes telling time easy and fast and also helps the user with the orientation of the dial while in the dark. For me, I just like the design of the dial. The other markings on the dial are the minute markers and some legends.

At the 12 o’clock position we find the Tudor crest and signature. Under it we find the legend ‘Prince Date-Day’ telling us this is a men’s model and it has the date and day complication (at the 3 o’clock position). Below the 6 o’clock hour marker we find the legend ‘Swiss Made’ which tells us the watch is Swiss made. Jut above the 6 o’clock hour marker, we find the legend ‘Rotor, Self Winding”, telling us the watch is fitted with an automatic movement.

The date is displayed via a window at the 3 o’clock position while the day is presented at the 12 o’clock position. The date wheel is black on silver, as is the day and it is very easy to read. I like the fact that the day is present in full.

The watch has the Mercedes type hands. I believe this unique for the Date day model as most comes with the stick type hands. I believe this watch comes with the Mercedes type hands to match the dial. Makes the watch a tad sporty.

The hands are well made and I believe it is made of white gold as with its elder brother. The sweep seconds hand extends all the way to the minute markers. Sadly the minute hand does not.

The hands are Luminova filled as are the hours markers.

The watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal and has the Cyclops over the date window. The Cyclops is 1 mm thick. The crystal itself is 30 mm in diameter. The crystal does extend beyond the bezel by about 1 mm but this is not an issue as the crystal is sapphire and is scratch resistant.

Basically I am not sure of the design of the steel bracelet, but I was told that it is of the Jubilee design. The bracelet (cross section) is made up of 5 links, with the center 3 polished. The side links are brushed. The sides of the links are polished. I believe the links are solid. A very well made bracelet indeed.

The end links, reference 630 also has the same brushed and polished finish and is well made. It sits well between the lugs and has a ‘closed’ design, i.e. no gaps to facilitate the spring bars removal. Removal of the spring bars is via the drilled lugholes on the lugs.

The clasp, reference 62480 is made of steel inox and is also well made. I like the older type clasp and bracelets and this clasp has that design. There is no twin lock on the clasp. The clasp is signed with the Tudor shield and has a brushed finish.

Adjustment is via adjustment holes on the folding buckle. There are 6 adjustment holes and allows the bracelet to be adjusted by 17 mm in length. If there is a need to adjust the bracelet longer or shorter, there is a need to physically alter the length of the bracelet by removing or adding links. And this can easily be done with the provided 6 links with screwed attachments.

The folded part of the clasp is polished and is signed ‘Tudor Watch Co. Ltd. Geneva Switzerland’. It is thin but does the job and does it well.

It is a very comfortable watch, not heavy but with enough heft. When I was wearing it, I found the watch very comfortable. The watch is easy to read and to tell time, day and date. It is not flashy and at 36 mm it does go against the current trend of large watches. But since it is all dial, it does not look small at all on the wrist.

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If you are in the market for a high-end wristwatch, you may want to consider one crafted by Swiss watchmaker Tudor, that was established in 1926 by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. The offshoot of the luxury watch company aimed to make timepieces that were available at lower price points than their expensive counterparts. Although Tudor watches are still pricey, they cost less than Rolex watches while still providing superior workmanship that made the brand famous. The brand offers many ruggedly handsome looks for men, but women’s styles are also available and attractive. In addition, Tudor also makes watches that are built for heavy-duty wear, such as styles that are suitable for military personnel and divers.Tudor Clair de Rose Watches same with cariter watch right?

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A Week On The Wrist The Tudor Pelagos

One of the most-asked-about watches in history, the Pelagos is a titanium dive watch that tells the story of Tudor and wears like a dream.

The Tudor Pelagos. This is a watch I’ve been dying to get my hands-on for an extended period of time since I first saw it at Basel World in March of last year. And, despite the fact that Tudor isn’t even sold in the country in which I reside, I still felt strongly that we needed to review this watch in detail, for your sake. You see, there seems to be an almost preternatural desire to learn more about Tudor from HODINKEE readers. We’ve received countless emails, tweets, and message about both the Pelagos and the vintage inspired Black Bay, so we did everything we could to get our hands on one. So, without further ado, here is your Week On The Wrist review of the Replica Tudor Pelagos.

What Is Tudor, Anyway?
Before we talk about Tudor of today, let’s talk about Tudor of the 20th century. Montres Tudor, SA is indeed owned, in its entirety, by Rolex. It’s been that way since day one, too. But that doesn’t mean Rolex and Tudor are same company (well, legally, it might), but when Hans Wildorf founded Tudor back on March 6th, 1946, he knew even then that to create a compelling product, it needed be not only robust and interesting, but also have its own identity. The earliest Tudor models were sold under the “Oyster” moniker, adopting the already famous water-proof case from Rolex. In 1952, Tudor unveiled the “Oyster Prince” line, which would become the foundation of the collection for generations.

For some years now I have been considering the idea of making a watch that our agents could sell at a different price level than our Rolex watches, and yet one that would attain the standards of dependability for which Rolex is famous.

Wilsdorf began a dedicated marketing push behind Tudor with the launch of the Oyster Prince line, and though Tudor at the time was indeed designated as a watch that “our (Rolex) agents could sell at a different price level than our Rolex watches,” Tudor has its own set of technical firsts for which it can be proud, its own history of scientific exploration (in 1952, 30 Tudor watches joined the Royal Navy on a historic scientific journey to Greenland), and its own set of dedicated collectors. Still, it was important that, even in advertising, Tudor appear more approachable than Rolex. So, while an advertisement for a Rolex might show a well-to-do man playing golf or riding a horse, a Tudor advertisement might show a man working on a road, or in a mine.

Thinking about a man working in a mine wearing a Tudor now might seem a little silly, but one must remember that in the 1950s and 60s, every man wore a mechanical watch, and Tudor represented a very real, very attainable option.

So what was the difference between Tudor and Rolex watches back then? The cases and bracelets of Tudor wristwatches were all but identical to those of a Rolex. In fact, it could be argued that the only real difference, especially in the early days, was the use of movements provided by ETA opposed to Rolex-crafted movements. Tudor watches carried Rolex-signed cases, bracelets, and crowns all the way up until the 1990s.

But, because Tudor and Rolex shared so much – including several model names even – it was hard for Tudor to be considered anything but a less expensive alternative to a Rolex. They were sold exclusively through Rolex dealers and had little identity of their own – though they were the first to sign Tiger Woods as an ambassador, before leaving for TAG Heuer, only to return to Rolex last year.

Around 2000, Rolex decided to pull Tudor from the United States. They purchased all unsold inventory back from their dealer network, and since then, the US market has been completely void of all things Tudor.

The (Old) Watches To Know
But, just because Tudor shared so much of its past with Rolex doesn’t mean there aren’t some incredibly cool and collectible models in its history – many of which have stories entirely their own. The selection below is simply my personal take on the vintage Tudors that I find to be the most appealing. I should also say that there are several rules for collectability that translate perfectly from the world of vintage Rolex to the world of vintage Tudor. For example, gilt dials and pointed crown guards Tudor subs are considerably more valuable than those without. Big Crown Tudor Subs, while not in the same price range as Big Crown Rolex Subs, should be treated as exceptionally rare watches. Tropical dial Tudors are also quite popular at the moment, and prices can jump quickly there. I won’t get into the dial minutae here, but this should get you started in the world of vintage Tudor, or at least give you some talking points should historical Tudor references come up in your next job interview.

  1. The Ranger: Consider this Tudor’s Explorer. It shares the same 3, 6, 9, dial configuration as the Explorer I and wears very much the same, at about half the price of a decent matte-dial 1016. The snake-head hands give it a different look, though.
  2. The Advisor: Launched in 1957, the Advisor was (and still is) the only watch to come from the Rolex family with an alarm function – one of my favorite complications. The Advisor was re-launched in 2011 with the Heritage Advisor and original examples can be had for little.
  3. The Snowflake Submariner: A watch-nerd might knock the Tudor Submariner for it’s off-the-shelf heartbeat, but anyone with an eye for design could say “so what, look at that awesome hour hand!”. For a lengthy period of time – the 1970s through early 80s – Tudor Submariners came with “Snowflake” hands. This particular look has elevated the Snowflake Submariner to a cult classic, and most serious vintage Rolex collectors own at least one Snowflake – because, well, they’re just cool. Also, they’re cheap(ish) compared to your standard 5513 / 1680. The no-date Snowflakes are rather rare compared to those with date, and prices for these are starting to climb. Still, this is just a super cool watch, and it was so cool that both the Pelagos (which we’re reviewing here – though it may not seem like it at this point, but I’ll get there, I promise) and the Black Bay now have Snowflake hands.
  4. All Military-Issued Submariners: Most HODINKEE readers are likely familiar with the mega MilSub from Rolex. These watches were ordered by the British MOD and modified every so slightly (sword hands, fully graduated bezel, fixed lugs, circled T dial, etc) to meet mil-specs. Because they were never commercially available, those that have seeped into the collector’s world are massively valuable. Tudor Submariners were also used by a few of the world’s militaries, including the US Navy from approximately 1964 through 1966, the Argentine Airforce, and perhaps most famously, the French Navy, or Marine Nationale. The MN purchased Tudor Subs in bulk from the late 60s through the early 1980s. They bought them without bracelets and these watches were identical to the commercially sold pieces. Once issued, they would be engraved with “MN” followed by the year. We showed you one here. The MN had its own watchmakers so many dials, hands, and bezels were replaced along the way creating a bevy of “Franken-Subs” that actually be completely legitimate. That said, MN Subs are notorious for being faked because the only thing that differentiates them from standard Tudor Subs in the engraving. So, should you want to buy one, buy one with verified “decomission” papers.
  5. All Manually-Wound Chronographs: Ask me who was making the coolest looking chronographs in the 1970s and I would answer Tudor, without a second’s hesitation (behind them would be Heuer and Rolex). The manually wound Tudor chronographs of the 1970s were just plain awesome looking – with liberal use of bright colors that you simply would never see on a Rolex (save the 1655 “Orange Hand”). All used Valjoux 7734 movements with two registers and date window at 6pm. You must remember that back then Rolex was using modified Val 72’s in its Daytona so while the 72 was indeed a step-up from the 7734, the difference in movements between Rolex and Tudor may have been less in chronographs than anywhere else. The most desirable Tudor Chrono is the reference 7031 “home plate” which was the inspiration for the incredible 2010 release – the Heritage Chronograph. I once owned a Tudor Reference 7159 “Monte Carlo,” and it is the only watch i regret selling.

And speaking of the Tudor Heritage Chrono….

I’ve been covering watches professionally for a while now. Never in my life as a watch consumer or career as a watch journalist has there been a release more unexpected, welcomed, or buzzed about than that of 2010’s Tudor Heritage Chrono – at least from a consumer standpoint. From a technical standpoint, the watch was nothing exceptional – inside is an ETA 2892 with a dubois depraz chronograph module placed on top. But what made this watch so great is that nobody saw it coming – frankly nobody saw ANYTHING coming from Tudor at that point – and it represented what Tudor does best – incredible, forward thinking design with well-made basics at a reasonable price.

Forty years after the unveiling of the reference 7031 “home plate,” the Heritage Chrono payed homage to one of the great chronograph designs of the 20th century by borrowing many of its design cues, including the bright orange chronograph hand and shield hour markers. It too featured a black rotating bezel, and date window at 6pm (though now without cyclops).

What was even more, was it came (and still does come) with a multi-colored nylon strap. One might think that including a strap like this isn’t a big deal – after all you can buy NATOs online for under $10 – but what this strap represented was the first time that it was abundantly clear that a major watch company was paying attention to what real collectors were doing, and what they really wanted. And to include this little piece of nylon in with the awesome Oyster bracelet was pushing something that was something of a cult item (I’d venture to say 90% of people you meet on the street have never seen a watch on a NATO strap before) to the masses, but in their own way – the Tudor nylon strap is not a NATO at all, it’s a single piece that is not meant to be folded over with two sewn in spring bar loops, made at a legendary mill in France that also produces straps and ribbons for everyone from Chanel to the Vatican.

The Heritage Chrono’s announcement electrified the world’s watch forums, and all of a sudden, the most seasoned watch collectors in the world were dying to own a $4000 eta-based Tudor – a testament to what great vision and great design can do for a brand that up until that point was, in my own very humble opinion, a truly secondary player in the consumer watch market. I do credit two men – Tudor managing director Philippe Peverelli – on board since 2009 – and creative director Davide Cerrato – since 2007 – with this marked change in direction for Tudor world-wide, and having gotten to know them both a little bit over the past two years, I can say they are two who really “get it”. They listen, they pay attention, and they build watches that are respectful of the amazing history Rolex and Tudor share, while pushing things forward.

Which brings us to 2012, and the announcement of both the Heritage Black Bay, and the Pelagos 500m dive watch.

2012 was the year of the diver for Tudor. They announced a totally revamped line-up, with a vintage inspired Heritage Black Bay model and this watch, the Pelagos. I love Rolex dive watches. I own three of them – a 1972 Rolex 5512, a 1962 Rolex 5508, and a 1974 Tudor Snowflake. I’ve worn just about every Rolex and Tudor dive watch ever made, at some point or another, so it is a category with which I am familiar. But, my proclivities tend to trend towards the vintage pieces, so while I knew the Pelagos would be a well-made product, I was thinking it was the Black Bay that would be the Tudor diver for me. That all changed within the week’s time I had the Pelagos, because it may not have the warm hue of creamy patina or colorful bezel, but what it does have is an incredibly well made frame, a handful of “niceties” and an undeniably truthful purpose – this is a tool watch.

Let’s talk case first. This watch is 42mm in diameter and made of titanium. Yes, titanium. This is the very first watch to come from the Rolex family built out of this incredibly lightweight and durable material. It makes sense that it would be a Tudor and an entirely new reference, as opposed to creating a titanium Submariner or turning one of Tudor’s existing models to titanium.

The case has a really nice matte, satin finish to it, and, almost unexpectedly, it has gorgeous beveled edges. They are, most certainly, machine beveled, but who cares? You so rarely see case finishing like this on tool watches today, at any price point, so to see it on a watch that sells for under $5000 is wonderful.

The Tudor crown is protected by pointed crown guard, and the matte finish seems to work at hiding scratches really well. I will say that while I believe 42mm to be the perfect size for this watch, it is a little bit thicker than Submariners I am used to wearing. I thought it might be detrimental to the wearability of the Pelagos, but it really wasn’t. In fact, I could even fit it under my cuff with great ease, and compared to divers in the range from Omega, IWC, and TAG Heuer, it is more than acceptable – and rated to 500 meters to boot.

On the left-hand side of the case, there is a helium release valve. Which, in spite of what Mr. Heaton may feel on the matter, makes perfect sense for this watch. You must remember that Rolex played an instrumental role in the development of the HEV, and if the Pelagos is to be Tudor’s serious dive watch, it should have one, as a simple matter of historical credit.

The Pelagos features applied square hour markers, with a triangle at 12 o’clock and longer rectangles at 6 and 9. At three o’clock there is a date window without cyclops magnifier. Based on this and the fact that the Heritage Chrono doesn’t use the trademark cyclops over the date window either, I will venture to say Tudor has decided to leave that design trait to its big brother exclusively.

You will notice that nowhere on the dial does it read “Pelagos”. The same is true of the Heritage Black Bay and Chrono, though the Advisor does indeed read “Advisor” at 6 o’clock. It is commonplace for all Rolexes to read the model name right on the dial, but the lack of text here is welcomed. In its place we do see the words “Rotor Self-Winding”. It might seem a little superfluous, until you realize it’s a nod to the dial markings of the earliest Tudor dive watches.

One of the nicest traits of this Tudor’s dial is its integration with the flange. Not only are the minute markers indicated here, instead of on the dial itself, but each hour marker is enveloped by it, offering some slick three dimensionality to the face of the watch.

The hands on the Pelagos (and the Heritage Black Bay) are now luminous snowflake hands, a welcomed tribute to the snowflakes of yesteryear. The lume on the dial of the Pelagos is incredibly strong, and tinted blue.

The bezel of the Pelagos is pretty interesting itself. Like the modern-day Submariner’s bezel, it is made of ceramic. But in the case of the Tudor, it is injected, matte ceramic, so you would almost never know it. Luminous material is injected directly into the ceramic for hashing. What resides at 12 o’clock is perhaps my nerdiest object of criticism on the Pelagos. At 12 o’clock sits a triangle with a cut-out circle, or faux pearl. The first time I saw it, it really bothered me. I thought, you either do a pearl or you don’t, but a faux pearl is lame (sidenote: at some point I will write a story about my matching pearl obsession, but I’m afraid our traffic would take an immediate and immeasurable nosedive following).

I asked Davide about the faux pearl idea at Basel World and his response was reasonable: a real pearl will fall out (which I can confirm, certainly) but it was important to have a focal point within the triangle for quick legibility – after all, the Pelago was meant to be a true tool watch for real divers. I couldn’t argue with the reasoning, but aesthetically it didn’t work for me. But, after a week with the Pelagos, I got over it very, very quickly and now it doesn’t bother me nearly as much.

The bezel rotates beautifully with loud, crisp clicks, with absolutely zero wiggle.

The bracelet that comes with the Pelagos is, as one would expect it to be, supremely well made, easy to wear, and comfortable. It looks a lot like the Rolex Oyster bracelets, but is completely matte finished. It is, as you are likely aware, the innovative clasp on this bracelet that makes it something special, though.

This new “floating” clasp allows the bracelet to adjust with the wearer’s motion. In theory, this was designed for diver whose wrists expand and contract based on the pressure in the water around them. In practice, it makes day to day wearability just downright great – especially when flexing your wrist, like you would, say, writing a watch review on a computer for 12 hours. Be sure to check out the video up top to see exactly what i mean here.

In addition to the steel and titanium bracelet, the Pelagos also comes with two rubber straps – one of standard length and one of extended length to wear on the outside of a dive suit. A nice touch, and again proving that the folks at Tudor “get it.” Most divers prefer to wear their watches on rubber, so why not include it in the package?

The Pelagos has a real and noticeable, but not overwhelming, presence on the wrist. Again, most of my watches, even my dive watches, are 39 or 40mm. So while 42mm isn’t a huge stretch for me, the first day or so I looked at my wrist and thought “ok, this is kind of big.” That soon faded once I realized I had completely forgotten I was wearing a 500 meter diver.

What I really mean is, being made of titanium, the watch is light enough and the case thin enough that I hardly noticed it (unlike, say, an IWC Aquatimer Chrono, which is just gigantic and impossible to forget you’re wearing – I know because I own one). The Pelagos was sliding under my cuff easily – something I simply did not expect. This is a watch you can put on and forget about, the sign of any great tool watch.

The Tudor Pelagos is a superb tool watch. Perhaps one of the best in its price bracket. In fact, I’m not sure I could name a better made 500m diver that comes in under $5000 – the Pelagos has a Swiss retail price of 4100 CHF. Yes, it is powered by an ETA self-winding movement, but so are many great dive watches, including the Tudor Subs of the 1960s and 70s.

I can hear the naysayers already, complaining that you can get ETA powered divers for much less. And you can, but with this Tudor you are getting so much more than just an ETA diver. You are getting an exceptionally well designed, thoroughly functional tool watch in an entirely Swiss-made package (not many competitors in this range can say that) that is a breeze to wear and can handle anything you throw at it. If you’re looking for a more stylized diver, perhaps the Black Bay is the Tudor for you, but if you want a watch you can throw on, enjoy, wear every single day of your life, and not worry about, the Tudor Pelagos is it.

In my opinion, the Pelagos is the watch that will get real divers and real tool watch enthusiasts excited about Tudor again. I think it will appeal to a totally different set of buyers than the Black Bay, and that is what is so great about Tudor’s 2012 dive watch offerings – there is something for everyone. Also, Tudor has taken on the position of almost the “anti-Rolex,” in that it give you much of the same appeal, including history and aesthetics, without actually wearing a Rolex. To some people, that’s a good thing.

And now for the bad news. The Pelagos, and in fact the entire Tudor line is not currently sold in the United States. As I mentioned above, it has been this way since the early 2000s when the brand was not nearly as strong as it is now. I personally believe this is ripe to change, but there is little word on when that might happen. So if you want one of these watches, you’re going to have to work for it (unless you’re based outside of the US, in which case you can just walk down to your local authorized dealer). Should any of that change, you can guarantee we’ll be the first to let you know.

In summary, I loved the Tudor Pelagos. I also love the Black Bay and hope to review it soon. I think these two watches, plus the Heritage Chrono, are exceptionally cool watches for guys that have any appreciation for the great sport watches of the 20th century – especially these prices. I will, after reviewing the Black Bay, probably buy a Tudor dive watch as my summer watch. I will be sure to chime back in when I make that decision to let you know.

You can learn more about the Tudor Pelagos right here.

We would also like to thank our friends at Watchonista for providing the sample Pelagos. You can read our review, as well as a few others right here on their special dedicated page.

Also, be sure to watch our video review of the Pelagos at the top of the page.

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A New Dress Watch With The Tudor Style Watches Casual Elements

When I say Tudor, you probably think of the Black Bay and Pelagos – the diver that needs no introduction. But, earlier this year, Tudor launched a new line of watches – the Tudor Style collection. In the official press images, these watches come across as pretty dressy, but you might be pleasantly surprised to find that they cover a wider range of categories in the metal.

When I say Tudor, you probably think of the Black Bay and Pelagos – the diver that needs no introduction. But, earlier this year, Tudor launched a new line of watches – the Tudor Style collection. In the official press images, these watches come across as pretty dressy, but you might be pleasantly surprised to find that they cover a wider range of categories in the metal. What do I mean by categories? We’ll cover this a bit more in-depth further down, but I’m talking about categories that “watch guys” often consider, like venue, wardrobe, and heritage. For example, there are four different size options, from 28 mm to 41 mm, you can opt for a leather strap or metal bracelet, and the classic design is surely a plus. Because there are many brands offering a wide range of dress watches in this price range ($200 to $300), the element of versatility is precisely what the Tudor Style has going for it.

In this hands-on review, we take a look at the stainless-steel models, though additional models are available with two-tone cases and bracelets.

The Tudor Style was designed for first glances. The polished case and dial reflect light from almost any direction. In particular, the dial reflects light beautifully (easier to photograph in the silver sunray version), including the black dial with a lacquered finish.

The first nuance I couldn’t help but focus on is the design and finishing on the hands and markers. There is some serious faceting at work here. The dauphine hands are equally contoured on three surfaces, resulting in a unique look. The applied batons are beveled on four sides, allowing for a rather elegant glimmer.

The batons are also slightly elongated and trapezoidal. Why did I like this? First, I liked it because of the fact that it brought to mind a Grand Seiko (and just as quickly dismissed it). More importantly, I liked it because it was the first hint of vintage appeal.

Other (predictably) reflective components of the watch are the bezel and mirror-polished lugs. While they do a fine job of mirroring light, it’s important to note the double-bezel. The outer is polished and the inner is brushed. I was expecting to have mixed feelings about this, but I didn’t – although others might.

I liked the defining border between the satin and polished bezels. The satin bezel calls to mind the opaqueness that is often defined by the thick edge of a vintage acrylic crystal. While that may seem like a bizarre comparison, you’ll know what I mean if you’ve handled or ever will handle a late ’50s Tudor Oyster Prince.

The Tudor Style sports thin lugs and a calf leather strap that make it easy to wear. Calf leather is also the less dressy choice, which further adds a vintage appeal and speaks to my earlier point of versatility. The watch can become significantly dressier on the bracelet – note the black-dialed version and its center polished links.

On a bracelet, and from certain angles, you’ll notice that the brushed portions of the bracelet can conflict with and/or overwhelm the polished sections. At first, I thought to critique that incongruence (admittedly, I was looking for something to critique) but then I realized that I shouldn’t, because that’s what this watch is about – a balance of dressy/casual that one wouldn’t immediately expect from it.

The brushed sides, trapezoidal batons, and conservative date window at 3 o’clock somehow offset the polished, dauphined, and lacquered elements.

I actually dislike the fact that I can’t critique the date window. As much as I’d like it to be a ’50s Tudor Oyster Prince, I can’t be upset, because it draws so much from a ’60s Tudor Prince Oysterdate – that’s where its heritage originates from.

Flipping it over, the standard brushed case back with simple engravings does the trick. Inside the Tudor Style 34 mm, 38 mm, and 41 mm beats Tudor’s modified automatic 2824, while the caliber 2671 beats inside the 28 mm. Both are reliable movements, easily serviced, and beat at 28,800 bph for about 38 hours when fully wound.

The clasp on both the leather and the bracelet feels solid, with a good balance of finishing throughout and attention to lines where polishing ends and brushing/engraving begins.

Without a doubt, price is an attractive aspect of the Tudor Style. For around $200 to $300 in stainless steel, the watch is a solid contender in its category. While the finishing is on par with other options in this price range, the dial execution and details are another thing. It blends the vintage feel with modern finishing aspects pretty well. The watches come in four sizes (28 mm, 34 mm, 38 mm, and 41 mm), which aim to please all wrist sizes and both genders.

Lastly, some may find the design of the Tudor Style to be convoluted and “too” versatile given that it meshes a plethora of both lively and subdued vibes. I thought that at first, but after snagging another look at the quasi-glimmering bezel and the satin silver dial on calf-leather, I realized that the Tudor Style aims to upgrade the quiet coolness from half a century ago. And I liked that intent for what it was. The moment called for a three-martini lunch in some smoke-filled bistro on Madison (and, yes, I’ve never had one of those).