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The Tudor Black Bay makes its way on the Sept 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda


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We are less than than a month away till the official release of Tudor Watches in the US and the Tudor Black Bay has already made its way on the cover of GQ for September 2013.

The Tudor Black Bay is my favorite watch of the year. I had a chance to see this watch  live  a few months ago and I was blown away! Tudor is going to be the biggest thing the watch industry has seen since Panerai made it’s debut in the late nineties.

On the September 2013 cover of GQ, NFL great RG III aka Robert Griffin III is rocking the Tudor Black Bay. The Tudor Black Bay is not your conventional boring looking divers watch. I have to say, it has personality and charisma with the red rotating aluminum bezel and  has a touch of vintage with the brown leather distressed strap, while still being masculine with a 41 mm stainless steel case. This watch not only looks and feels good, but it is really well made and very well priced at $3,100 on a distressed brown leather strap and $3,425 on a stainless steel bracelet.

By having a Pro NFL athlete like RG III who is 6ft2 and weighs around 220 pounds wearing this watch, it shows true scale of how it looks. The watch looks great and is proportionate in size, personally I would have liked to have seen this in a 47 mm size, but one miracle at a time.

To learn more about this watch, please click the play button on the video below


Tudor Black Bay: The video

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Tudor Pelagos: The Video

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Get ready for the return of Tudor!

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Tudor Pelagos Divers Watch

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The  anticipation is killing me , I cant wait. Tudor officially makes its return back to the US in September 2013. Distribution will be tight and everything is in place for Tudor to not only Debut the brand but own the intro-luxury watch market.

There are a lot of watch brands out there in the three to five thousand dollar price range, but I have a feeling Tudor will swallow the competition and spit them out and dominate.  At the end of the day, Tudor is a subsidiary brand of Rolex. With re-branding themselves and making a return to the US and having great products and price points, it will be very hard for the other brands to compete.

Those of you who are looking to get into the Rolex family and dont feel like spending ten grand or don’t have the means to do so at this time, you can rest assure that you have variety, quality and incredible styling with Tudor. I had a chance to play with most of the current collection, and let me tell you, I am very impressed.

One watch in particular that I need to own in the current Tudor collection is the Pelagos Divers watch in Titanium. This watch is very reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner. I am very impressed with the  construction of the entire watch , from the 42 mm Titanium case, the black ceramic bezel, the titanium bracelet with folding clasp, safety catch and bracelet extension system, to the incredible simplicity of the iconic and timeless 3 handed black dial. Unlike Rolex, Tudor does not produce their movements in house, but they use the very robust and reliable ETA 2824 self-winding movement . This watch is water resistant to 500 m and has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. This watch is packaged with an additional rubber strap. The best part of this watch is the price, at $4,125, it’s going to be difficult to find another watch that comes close.

Like this watch, Tudor has done a stellar job with creating a very solid collection which I urge you all to take a close look here.

Technical Details of the Tudor Pelagos

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Retail  $4,125

Tudor re-releases the Heritage Chrono Blue for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Original Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue from 1973

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New Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Basel 2013

40 years ago, Tudor released the Heritage Chrono Blue in 1973. This Basel 2013, Tudor brought this watch back into the collection  to relaunch the brand into the US with a bang.

The entire watch world is waiting for the arrival of Tudor into the US market.  What better way to do so than by paying homage to a true classic. Stylistically, when you look at this watch, it has the feel and look of a Paul Newman vintage Rolex Daytona from the sixties.

They definitely reproduced this watch as close to the original specs as possible, at the same time they added some nice touches to the crowns and pushers. Even though the dial is pretty much the same, it appears cleaner, boulder and less busy than the original. The date wheel is smaller and more subtle making the dial look less crowded.

The case is a good size at 42 mm and is made out of stainless steel. This watch is fitted on a stainless steel oyster looking bracelet which is timeless and also comes with an additional nylon strap and buckle for a more casual sporty feel.  The movement is an ETA 2892 with a module for the chronograph which is made specifically for Tudor.

I know Tudor is going after the three to five thousand dollar market and with watches like this they will be sure to own it.

Technical specs for the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue ref#70330B

The case, in stainless steel, measures 42mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 150 meters. It features a bidirectional rotatable 12-hour graduated (48 positions) steel bezel for second time-zone display, blue disc.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2892 (base ETA) with chronograph module. It has a power reserve of 42 hours. 45-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and small seconds hand at 3 o’clock with date at 6 o’clock.

Tudor release the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CR

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CN

There are very few watch brands I can say that really peak my interest. The new ones are either trying way too hard to copy the legends of time or they are so complicated that you need a PhD or some sort of NASA certification to actually set the time. 2013 is a landmark year for Rolex because of the 50th anniversary of the Daytona, it’s also a marks the year they are bringing back subsidiary brand Tudor to the US Market.

During the time frame of the Great Depression, 1946 to be exact, Hans Wilsdorf the Founder of Rolex introduced a subsidiary brand of Rolex known as Tudor. When most companies were lowering their prices and image, Hans Wilsdorf decided to introduce a new collection and brand that had reliability and quality like a Rolex but at a lower price point to make it more affordable. This Basel 2013, Tudor has introduced a new product line ready to launch in the US market this summer 2013.

I have always been a fan of Tudor watches , but now I am incredibly excited because up until now the market for well made watches between 3 thousand to 6 thousand dollars didn’t really exist. Rolex has very cleverly positioned Tudor to fill that price point and own that market share. This is right in line with the philosophy of founder Hans Wilsdorf,  making it more affordable and accessible without compromising quality, reliability and integrity.

So what makes Tudor different from Rolex besides price point? Well, Tudor doesn’t manufacture their movements like Rolex. They use work horse movements like ETA.  For the last 10 or more years, Tudor brand watches have been marketed and sold in most countries around the world including Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, most countries in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and countries South America, particularly Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela

I am excited to report that Tudor has introduced the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013. This watch is basically a ceramic chronograph that has the visual aesthetic of the iconic Rolex Daytona. I love the fact they can take more risks with Tudor and experiment with design, composites, price points and complications . In a lot of ways, Tudor represents the side of Rolex that the public wants that Rolex actually has no problem executing and fulfilling. Rolex is a lot more traditional and historic while  Tudor is modern and accessible.

The Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph is a serious winner because it’s well finished, everyday wearing and speaks to that real racing enthusiast who enjoys a chronograph function. Even though a little small for my liking, the 42 mm size is a great place to start. There are two dial options available, both black dials,  one with red indices and the other with luminous white indices.

The case  and bezel of the watch are black ceramic, while the chronograph pushers are steel and black PVD coated. Unlike most watches whose date wheels rest at the 4 o’clock position, this rests at the  4: 30 position. Both variations are available in two strap options in leather and rubber. This is actually a chronograph you can swim with as it’s water resistant to 150 meters and has screw down crown.

I don’t know the exact price, but I am guessing it to be at around the 6 thousand dollar mark plus or minus, which is a great place to be for a Chronograph that is basically made by Rolex.  Those of you who are gushing at the new Rolex Platinum Daytona and feel like you have been priced out of the market, now have something new, different, re-invented and stay within the Rolex Family. I have a feeling Tudor is going to create a mass hysteria and bring a whole new world of collectors by bringing this cult brand back to the US.

Technical Specs for the Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com