Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Watch For 2013 Hands-On

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Watch For 2013 Hands-On

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The Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue (ref. 70330B) is among the Swiss brand's new watch releases for 2013 at Baselworld. Released a few years ago as Tudor was re-imagining their place as a brand next to parent company Rolex, this is a blue and orange version of the quite popular Tudor Heritage Chrono timepiece that has gray and black color accents next to it. The Heritage Chrono Blue is actually a direct homage to a popular 1970s Tudor watch that helped inspire this overall collection. That is the Tudor ref. 7169, which is also known as the Tudor "Montecarlo chronograph."

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Below you can see a picture of the original 1970s Montecarlo chronograph that the new Heritage Chrono Blue was based on. By the way, that particular piece was sold via an Antiquorum auction for over $25,000. The new and old pieces from a design perspective are extremely similar, though differences exist. One of the most important differences is the size, as the Heritage Chrono Blue is 42mm wide in a polished and satin finished steel case (the original is smaller).

Original 1972 Tudor 7169 watch. Image credit to Antiquorum.

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Rather than have a rotating diver's bezel, the Heritage Chrono has a bi-directional bezel with the hour markers on it. This is used as a second timezone, and is a very rare type of rotating bezel to see on chronograph watches. Inside the Heritage Chrono Blue watch is a Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement with a chronograph module built onto it. In staying true to the original, it measures up to 45 minutes, but compared to the original, the placement of the subsidiary seconds dial and chronograph counter subdial have been reversed.  The movement has a power reserve of 42 hours.

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Overall look and feel on the wrist is very fresh and fun. Detailing is fantastic as is typical of Rolex family products. As is the "naked" caseback with no markings. One of the more positive little touches is the perfect fit of the custom made NATO style strap, as well as the quality make buckle metal of the strap. For the money you get a lot. For those in the US eager to purchase a Tudor watch, the official world is that Tudor's US return will be in September of 2013 in both select Rolex boutiques as well third-party watch retailers.

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Tudor makes the Heritage Chrono water resistant to 150 meters and it has a sapphire crustal. The pushers and crown are all screw-down. Tudor lays on SuperLumiNova on the hands and hour markers thickly, but is able to retain that iconic 1970s look of the chronograph in this updated modern version of the classic. I personally like this color scheme more than the gray and orange, finding it to be more friendly and bright for the sporty endeavors Tudor has in mind. Tudor will ship each Heritage Chrono Blue with a steel bracelet as well as this three-color blue, orange, and white NATO-style strap. Price will be about 4,200 Swiss Francs. tudorwatch.com


• Ø 42 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
• Bidirectional rotatable 12-hour graduated (48 positions) steel bezel for second time-zone display, blue disc
• Self-winding mechanical movement, TUDOR calibre 2892 with additional mechanism for chronograph function
• Power reserve of approximately 42 hours
• Screw-down steel winding crown with triple waterproofness system and TUDOR logo
• Screw-down steel pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock
• 45-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock
• Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock
• Date at 6 o’clock
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
• Waterproof to 150 m (500 ft)
• Steel bracelet with folding clasp and safety catch, additional fabric strap with buckle supplied with watch

  • Ulysses31

    Looks a bit like the blue variant of the Hamilton Pan Europ (which I think looks nicer).  It’s very Seventies, right down to the up-cycled retro suspenders turned into watch straps.

  • Kris C

    This re-do of the Tudor Chrono receives a lot of high marks from many, and I do quite enjoy it. I also had Pan Europe flashbacks when I saw this, but I’m nor sure which one I like better: the grey/orange or the blue/orange. I know for certain I would be caught wearing it on a NATO strap though.
    The main thing that kills this watch for me is cosmetic: I just can’t appreciate or look past the large dead space on the dial below centre, above the date. Many like the cleanliness of it, and that’s fine, but to me it just looks unfinished. I’m not suggesting that bunch of cclutter should reside here, but there is room for improvement. Move the date placement up into it; or way better, add a 2-window grande date complication and really step it up. Even a stacked day/date in that space would be attractive, unique, and offer a much more ‘complete’ look.

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  • Lesthepom

    had 2 weeks wrist time with my blue version on the steel bracelet tried the nato strap in store it just felt wrong to me. This is my 4th Tudor and probably not my last I have had more comments on this watch than most of my others put together may be it is the eye catching color. It sits quite well on my skinny wrist but I may have to try it a bit tighter as the crown is rubbing me a little bit but as it is not my main watch it is not an issue for me. Possibly the only thing I would change is to have the orange chrono hand as the everyday second hand as the sharp point on it is just a pleasure to watch go round and is probably the most precise second hand on a watch I have seen on zero it is dead on, as just about every one comments on the date is very hard to read on certain numbers yesterday was the 7th but had to look closely a few times as I thought it was the 2nd but that is not going to stop me wearing it. the bracelet and clasp is just a pleasure to wear and use, it just dose what it is suppose to and I even find my self opening and closing the clasp just for fun ( sad I know ) any one with one of the newer Tudors will know what I mean