The Tudor dynasty’s return to the American watch market excites the American people.At least for watch enthusiasts, the reason is that Tudor represents two very good things. First, there is the tradition of beautiful workmanship, but the conservative watch makes many people wear it happily on the wrist. Second, the Tudor dynasty came from a very respected and trusted house. Tudor cheap watches are produced together with Rolex watches. If you are the last person to understand this fact, Rolex is Tudor ’s sister company, and everyone is technically part of the Willsdorf Foundation (named after Hans Wilsdorf who started Rolex) . For decades, Tudor has been a commendable sub-brand of the world’s most famous luxury watch manufacturer. We would like to comment on the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue in your collection here.
But, as we mentioned before, Rolex kept Tudor out of the door for a long time. In fact, I’m not even sure that the Tudor watch was officially released in the US last time. Why did Tudor make a comeback? I think part of the reason is related to the positioning of the Tudor watch itself, not as a Rolex competitor, but as a brand that is more expensive and easier to distinguish from Rolex, but people of the same type will like to wear it. Today’s Tudor watches are sporty, usually focused on heritage, and are reasonably priced (all factors considered).
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue ref is one of the star watches of 2013. 70330B. It is wrong to call it a new watch because it is actually another color change of the recently released grey-toned Tudor tradition. In fact, each of these modern timepieces was directly inspired by antique Tudor watches. Apart from the size and some small details, the new version of these watches is very similar to the old version. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue is a completely modern watch in material and structure, and the retro design of the 1970s has greatly helped. The original style on which this watch is based is the Tudor “Montecarlo” ref. 7169.
We personally experienced Heritage Chrono Blue at the 2013 Basel International Watch and Jewelry Show, providing you with a detailed preliminary look. In the previous article, you can see the appearance of the watch on the wrist through the blue and orange NATO straps provided. Yes, each Heritage Chrono Blue of Tudor is equipped with a steel metal bracelet and strap. Tudor is a company that pays attention to details (just like Rolex). If there is any positive evaluation of Heritage Chrono Blue, it is that Tudor truly ensures that all angles of the watch look and feel good. The details are handled very carefully, and people familiar with the watch will immediately notice the excellent use of the material.
One of the reasons for this is that Rolex / Tudor watches produce so many parts internally. When you make your own case, dial, bracelet, etc., you can strictly control the quality and produce the exact products you need. Whether you like Rolex or Tudor watches, you have to admit that their quality control and level of detail make the luxury watches highly praised.
For money, the 42 mm wide steel case of Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue is perfectly finished. Everything feels firm, there is no swing, and the parts are well combined. The processing of stainless steel feels good (because of this), and you will feel confident when wearing your watch. The case design is actually very similar to the Tudor Pelagos (42 mm wide) we introduced here (although fundamentally different). It is a good thing that both watches Review are worn on the wrist in the same way. For a 42mm wide watch, Heritage Chrono Blue is worn large-I like it-because the spacing between the lugs is large and long. Because the bezel is thinner, it also looks larger.
The steel bracelet is both sporty and conservative, but very good. Sometimes, I think it is not suitable for this version of Heritage Chrono and strap. I am a bracelet expert, but you own this tool-style watch and a bright dial, and the visual effect on the NATO strap is even better. This strap is actually a beautiful thing, because Tudor does everything in his power to make your standard cheap nylon NATO strap look beautiful. This means that they have customized buckles and loops on them, and they are of a higher grade compared to most straps of this style.
Locking and folding expandable buckle brings security to the bracelet. I like that it has some fine-tuning holes in the buckle, but overall, it is a basic bracelet, compared to Rolex and even Pelagos, it has a beautiful spring-type expansion system. However, the quality is not surprisingly high. The surface treatment effect of the steel brushed links is excellent, and the solid links of the bracelets are very suitable for the case (part of the very strong structure I call). My final thought on the bracelet is to appreciate its visual taper. Not too much, but from where it connects to the case, it narrows down the deployment staff, which is always a good look. Rolex is famous for this, which is a good thing, because not only does it often look better.
The case of Heritage Chrono Blue is water resistant to 150 meters, and has a screw-down crown and a chronograph button. The bottom cover is usually in the style of Rolex, but it does have some text (“Tudor Suisse Geneve”). The crown is decorated with the Tudor shield logo painted in blue, and the knurling texture is reflected on the buttons and the rotating bezel. The texture makes the crown easy to hold, but if it reaches deep into the wrist, it feels a little sharp and feels like sandpaper. Although, this is a small problem. We only mention it because we have high expectations for everything in Tudor or Rolex.
As a chronograph, Heritage Chrono can last up to 45 minutes. Having said that, you can still use the two-way rotating bezel (which happens to rotate in a very satisfactory manner) to measure hours. Heritage Chrono does not have a 60-minute counter like many rotating bezels, but has an hour indicator. This can be used to track the second time zone, or it can be used to measure hours. What you can do is align the time with the 12 o’clock position and measure up to 12 hours. The bezel contains blue aluminum inserts. Of course, we will love ceramics, although ceramics cannot produce suitable finishes to provide a retro look. It is worth noting that the Pelagos diving best watch model actually has a ceramic bezel.
As we mentioned, Tudor’s intention is to provide Heritage Chrono Blue with a design very similar to the original “Montecarlo”. From a design perspective, they were more or less successful. The dial is almost a precise analog, with some differences. The biggest difference may be the juxtaposition of the chronograph minute hand and the second hand, and the Cyclops magnifying glass removed from the date window. In fact, the latter function will be very good, I will tell you why. The date window is located at 6 o’clock and is also used as an hour marker. Tudor uses date discs with custom fonts, which is great. The problem (again I am very picky) is that the size of the font makes it very difficult in dozens of characters, so it is difficult to see “1” in front of the number because it is so close to the edge. Therefore, you can see that the magnifying glass on the date window will help. Again, we want to keep Tudor and Rolex focused on these things because we are more or less asking them to be perfect. They can certainly provide the perfect watch, but in rare cases, we can’t remind them how powerful people are.
Indeed, Heritage Chrono Blue’s dial is something you like or dislike. As you know, it is based on the historic design of the 1970s and is certainly a symbol of that era. Although there are not many, their hands are very large, and their gloss is very good. A polished metal hour marker is applied, but unlike traditional practice, the dial is flat. Some things on the dial make me really want Tudor to take some more modern steps and make it deeper. You have a very cool design with a lot of details, and I think if you add some more visual layers, it will look cool.
The main difference between Rolex and Tudor is the movement, and the main reason why Tudor watches are more affordable. When Rolex produces its own movement, Tudor uses the Swiss ETA movement. To be honest, there is nothing wrong with this. Tudor not only adjusted the movement well, but also modified it. For example, Tudor could have taken a more relaxed route and used the chronograph minute hand on the 2894 movement for 30 minutes. Instead, they decided to make the watch as original as possible and use ETA 2892 with a chronograph module on the dial, which has a minute counter that can measure 45 minutes.
We really like Tudor and its simple yet sporty modern products, which will definitely be very popular in the US The best Tudor watches are about 42mm wide. For most men, this is a large size, and their design is both practical and comfortable, although a little unique, so as not to appear versatile. They are also closely related to the past and people’s favorite models such as Heritage Chrono and Black Bay. We ca n’t feel too much pressure because Rolex and Tudor are sister companies and have high skills and talent in manufacturing parts, so the steel used for the case and bracelet is excellent. 2014 will be an interesting year for the US watch market, because Tudor will be available not only in some US watch retailers but also in the media. We expect Tudor to follow Rolex as a major US advertiser, which will help spread brand prestige and dig deeper into the market share of similarly competitive luxury sports watch competitors. Competition is always a good thing for consumers. We say “Take it to Tudor”. Reference Price. 70330B Heritage Chronograph Blue.