Tudor has undoubtedly re-invented itself as a serious contender in the sports watch market over the last 3 years and this isn’t the first time we’ve shared this feeling. The current offering from Tudor throws back to its glory days, the Snowflake submariner emulated in the 2012’s Pelagos and the heritage styled Black Bay, two watches you’d have a hard time finding in any retailer in Australia.
2013 has been no exception from the company’s previous design highlights. We featured Tudor in our 2013 Best of Basel post showcasing the classic Heritage Chronograph and today we’re going to talk a closer look at one of the most talked about watches at Basel.
For the man who isn’t looking to break the bank on his next watch purchase this surely must be at the top of wish list. Even for the man that wears Richard Mille or MB&F this is a sophisticated sports watch that would effortlessly compliment a cream linen jacket and light blue and white seersucker shirt on a balmy summer’s day. The Heritage is a reinterpretation of the iconic 1973 TUDOR called “Montecarlo” which is most sought after by collectors. Inspired by history, but completely redesigned the new Heritage Chronograph comes with both a bracelet and a NATO strap. Whilst the NATO is pretty and practical in the water I feel this watch would look excellent dressed up on a custom light brown/tan shell cordovan number.
Any watch that shares design elements with the most adored and collected watch model in the world is instantly going to do well. Thankfully for Tudor they have the ability to mimic the Rolex Daytona design with far less criticism than other brands because it’s a subsidiary of Rolex. Rolex fans will notice the design features taken from the Daytona, notably the 6239, which features similar screw lock chrono pushers and crown and a familiar style bezel. Perhaps this is why the Heritage Chronograph has proved to be so popular because it has made the elusive and outrageously expensive vintage Daytona more accessible.
The watch itself is as practical as it is beautiful, waterproof to 150m the dial features 3 dimensional hour markers with two bevelled metallic edges defining the lume for optimal legibility in the deep seas. The steel case measures 42 mm in diameter and features a bidirectional bezel with a blue anodized aluminium insert. Under its sapphire crystal the Heritage Chronograph houses a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
I love this watch, I loved it the instant I laid eyes on it. I think it’s because I’m such a big Daytona fan and such a big vintage dive watch fan. The colours on this watch are awesome and remind me of the fantastic radium dials of 1950’s dive watches I find so fascinating. I actually went into the Hour Glass two weeks ago to see if they had one, but of course, they did not. “The moment we have one, it’s gone”, I was told. Quite understandable really. Check out the video below, shot in Monte Carlo, naturally!
Wrist shot from Hodinkee