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50 Years of the Tudor Chronograph Part 2 – Destination: Monte carlo

Posted: Apr, 17, 2020

Following hot on the heels of the first series Home Plate chronographs of 1970, in 1971 Tudor launched the second series of chronographs. The flamboyant use of colour that was a signature of the Home Plates was continued with vivid tones of orange and blue dialed watches now complementing the grey and orange colour scheme that was first seen on the first series of watches. Compared to other watches in the Tudor and Rolex line-ups, these watches were both big at 40mm and eye-catching in their execution. A Tudor 7169 Monte Carlo In the second series of Chronographs the home plate style markers were replaced with more conventional rectangle shaped lume plots. The use of bright orange remained with eye-catching elements on both chronograph registers as well as on the outer seconds markers. The watches became known by collectors as Monte Carlos, as the dials resembled the roulette tables of […]

50 Years of the Tudor Chronograph – Where It All Began

Posted: Mar, 30, 2020

2020 is the second successive year in which Tudor is celebrating a golden anniversary. 2019 marked 50 years since the introduction of the snowflake hands and 2020 is the year in which the brand celebrates 50 years of the chronograph. Achieving such milestones really solidifies a brand’s established reputation and longevity, a status that is more than deserved by Tudor. Regarded by many collectors as the ‘holy grail’ of vintage Tudor, the 7031 and 7032 were Tudor’s first chronos and they have always been highly sought after due to their rarity and striking looks. The Tudor 7032 Oysterdate Chronograph with brushed steel bezel Oysterdate Chronograph   Known as the Osyterdate chronographs, references 7031 and 7032 were launched at the annual watch fair in Basel in 1970. They were daring watches and unlike anything before from the House of Wilsdorf, even in an era where brands were becoming a lot more […]

The Tudor Iconaut – The First of the GMTs

Posted: Mar, 09, 2020

The launch of the Black Bay GMT in 2018 was heralded as smash hit for Tudor, with a ‘family’ launch alongside the release of the Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master. Where the Rolex Pepsi bezel was manufactured from the 21st century ceramic, its Tudor stable mate was fitted with a vintage-style aluminium insert that gave the watch a true heritage look. Many headlines celebrated the first GMT watch from Tudor, but in fact this wasn’t the case. During Tudor’s interregnum from the UK and US markets, they were still producing watches for the Far East and European mainland. One such model was the Iconaut – a 43mm beast of a watch with dual time-zone complication. It was this watch that was Tudor’s first GMT model and recently Carl Moody acquired one from a client in virtually unworn condition. Carl Moody’s recently discovered Iconaut ref 20400   An original Tudor print advert for […]

Five Reasons That You Need to Have a Tudor Black Bay P01

Posted: Jan, 16, 2020

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 […]


Posted: Jun, 25, 2016

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 […]