1 – It’s a Modern MilSub… Tudor have never made it a secret that they worked in collaboration with some of the world’s most important naval forces, including the The Marine Nationale (MN) and the United States Navy (USN) and that its watches were widely issued by other forces including Argentina and South Africa. In fact, the development of vintage Tudor Submariners was informed through field-testing and research with both navies, most famously the development of the snowflake hands with the MN. These partnerships and the related watches have been key to the modern era Black Bay and Pelagos watches as well as the current Born To Dare campaign – a celebration of the daring nature of Tudor watches and encapsulated in the Tudor Black Bay P01. 2 – It’s a Modern Interpretation of a Secret Tudor Prototype… Tudor’s relationship with the US Navy was key in the […]
One of my favourite aspects of Tudor’s Heritage watches are the small references to the details that are so important to collectors, especially those of their vintage watches. The Black Bay was equipped with a domed sapphire crystal, so beloved of vintage Submariner fans. The Heritage Ranger had ‘drilled lugs’, a small but important detail of vintage Oyster watches (as were the straight endlinks on the reissued Ranger’s steel bracelet). A key focus of vintage watch collecting is also the choice of strap. For many years now there has been an almost cult-like following for the G10 NATO straps – originally used by the armed forces on military issued watches (most famously in this context, the Tudor Submariners of the French Navy, the Marine Nationale). Originally issued only in grey, they are now available in a kaleidoscope of colours to suit every occasion and outfit. Tudor recognised this modern trend […]
Montres Tudor SA was founded by one of the most important figures in horology’s history, Mr Hans Wilsdorf; the gentleman who was also responsible for founding another goliath of the watch-making world – Rolex. Tudor is considered one of the most innovative of all modern wristwatch brands with new uses of materials (the all ceramic Black Shield) and interesting movement complications (the Heritage Advisor). As the backdrop to all of this is a rich history of which Tudor is rightly proud, celebrated through the hugely successful Heritage watches. The Tudor Heritage releases have been an annual highlight at Baselworld since the Heritage Chronograph (based on the legendary Tudor ‘Homeplate’ Chronograph from 1971) was launched in 2010. The name The Tudor was registered for Hans Wildorf in 1926 and the first Tudors started to appear in 1932, as rectangular and ‘cushion’ shaped watches. These early watches featured the distinctive ‘Long T’ […]
This year was my third year at Baselworld as a guest of Tudor watches and as ever, it was great fun and a celebration of all things Tudor! I was guest again on the ‘Rolex Ship’…a luxury cruise ship that is taken over by Rolex & Tudor for the duration of the Baselworld event that is moored on the Rhine. My room was equipped with floor to ceiling views of the river and the bustle of city life on the opposite bank of the river. Those of you that have been to Basel will be aware of Les Trois Rois, the grandest hotel in Basel (and my favourite spot for a late night cocktail with friends after a long day of watch watching!). This was the initial meeting place for the now famous Tudor Baselworld Launch Dinner and once all the guests were assembled we were led across the […]
Moodys are delighted to announce an exciting, new collaboration with Ross Povey - the world's foremost authority on vintage and collectable Tudor watches.