Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Watch Review

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Watch Review

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People here in the US are getting really excited about Tudor's return to the American watch market. The reason, at least for watch lovers, is that Tudor represents two very good things. First, is a tradition of making good looking, yet conservative watches a lot of people are happy to put on their wrist. Second, is that Tudor comes from a very well-respected and trusted house. Tudor watches are made right alongside Rolex watches. If you are among the last people to learn this fact, Rolex is a sister company of Tudor, each being technically owned by the Wilsdorf Foundation (named for Hans Wilsdorf who began Rolex). Tudor has been a laudable sub-brand of the world's most famous luxury watch maker for decades. Also, in cooperation with our friends at Watchonista, we'd like to point you over to their collection of Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue reviews here, which our aBlogtoWatch review being the very first.

Nevertheless, as we've mentioned before, Rolex kept Tudor out of the US for a long time. In fact I am not even sure the last time a Tudor watch was officially sold in the US. Why is Tudor making a comeback? That is a good question, but I think part of it has to do with the positioning Tudor is making for itself not as a Rolex competitor, but as a more accessibly priced brand with clear distinctions from Rolex, but something that the same type of people would happy to wear. Today's Tudor watches are sporty, often focused on heritage, and pretty well-priced (all things considered).

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One of the star watches for 2013 is the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue ref. 70330B. It would be amiss to call it a new watch because it is actually a different color variation of the more gray toned Tudor Heritage that was also recently released. Each of these modern timepieces is in fact directly inspired by vintage Tudor watches. Aside from the size and some minor details, the new versions of these watches are remarkably similar to the older versions. While the Heritage Chrono Blue is a thoroughly modern watch in its materials and construction, there is a heavy helping of retro 1970s design. The original model this watch is based on is the Tudor "Montecarlo" ref. 7169.

We offered a detailed first look with a hands-on experience of the Heritage Chrono Blue during Baselworld 2013. In that prior post you can see what the watch looks like on the wrist with the provided blue and orange NATO-style strap. Yes, Tudor supplies both a steel metal bracelet and strap with each Heritage Chrono Blue. Tudor is a detail-oriented company (just like Rolex), and if there is anything positive to say about the Heritage Chrono Blue it is that Tudor really makes sure each angle of the watch looks and feels good. Detailing is meticulous and people familiar with watches will immediately notice the excellent use of materials.

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One reason for that is that Rolex/Tudor produce so much of their parts in-house. When you make your own cases, dials, bracelets, etc... you can tightly control quality and produce the exact product you want. Whether you like Rolex and Tudor watches or not, one thing you have to admit is that their quality control and level of detail gives luxury watches a good name.

For the money, the Heritage Chrono Blue's 42mm wide steel case is wonderfully finished. Everything feels solid, nothing wiggles, and the pieces fit together very well. The steel feels well machined (because it is), and you get a high level of confidence when wearing the watch. The case design is actually quite similar (though not at all the same) as the also 42mm wide Tudor Pelagos that we reviewed here. Both watches fit the same on the wrist - which is a good thing. For a 42mm wide watch, the Heritage Chrono Blue wears large - which I like - because of the wide-spaced and long lugs. It also looks a bit larger because of the thinner bezel.

27 comments
Lesthepom
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 Click Click

Galvan
Galvan

Ok I just got my TUDOR Heritage Chrono Blue watch, and is very nice!!  I have a big wrist and the watch fits very comfortable and it doesn't look small on me.  I agree with Ariel on the date digits, from 10 to the 19th, the number 1 is hard to see.

The crown finish it is hard, but I really don't feel it like sand paper (as Ariel mentioned) so no issues there, it is actually better to handle it.

The only thing I don't like on this watch is  the super luminova, because it only last a few minutes. it has very poor luminescence  I think TUDOR can do a better job there, as with the PELAGOS (awesome watch by the way) the luminescence is very strong and durable. 

From 1 to 10, I give it a 9.5 score. Good Job TUDOR!!

Regards.   

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Looking at this piece, now 7 months later, I think I like its design even more.

stolibulldog
stolibulldog

Too Tag looking!

I have 2 vintage Tudor's but this chrono blue try's to be the attention whore of watch design!

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

You can argue value till you're blue (and orange) in the face. It all boils down to design, design, design... Tudor has obviously aquired some form of alien design technology that spits out expertly designed little mechanical beings! I wouldn't be surprised if they turn out to be nanobots preparing to take over the world by invading every watch-wearing household but...I WANT all the new tudors!!!

spiceballs
spiceballs

First Tudor watch I have seen that I like, now that they finally got away from those ugly rolex-like hands.  Totally agree that some "depth" to the dial would improve it a lot - for me.

DanielPatrick35
DanielPatrick35

I really want to buy from the Tudor line, but there just isn't enough info out there yet except the info ABTW and similar publications have given us... Rolex hasn't done the best job publicizing the Tudor's release. 

As for this particular timepiece,  I've loved the sportier watches as I've long felt that Rolex has long been too conservative with its designs. I just want info and where from, and when, we can buy Tudor pieces like this Heritage Chrono in the future. This is a beautiful piece and it would most likely find a place in my collection before a *gasp* Submariner style-wise. But then again, I already have an Explorer II.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

I am a bit of a fan of Tudor I currently have 3 and I do like the look of this one I find the quality and feel of them to be very good not quite as good as Rolex but then the price isn't Rolex either I have a friend with a hydronaut 1200 he normally kills a watch a year but has had his Tudor 1 1/2yr and still looks good

I am looking forward to seeing the fastrider As the Pelagos was next on my Tudor list but I may have to revise it when I try on the heritage the colors look clear and crisp if a little muted but that's what makes it look like its vintage ancestor

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Upon first glance I did not like this one. But looking closer it has become very nice in its utilitarian (retro?) approach. I do like it. Clean, with just the right balance of colo(u)r to brighten things up. 

Even though it is a "many-hander" I do like this build. It looks to win over those shopping at this price point and build style.

Good view Mr. Adams. The points you raise are, IMO, small ones and not deal-breakers. I'm glad to see NO date magnifier - I think it would move it uncomfortably closer to the Rolex brand identity. I think one wears a watch to know the time; day/date may be handy, but this small presentation shouldn't be very troubling in actual daily use. And this looks like a daily wear piece. Tudor looks to have done well with its "oyster" type bracelet. Just wonder...would a nice SS Jubilee fit this piece?...heh heh heh.

Plus, I strongly dislike the "NATO" strap affectation that seems to have popularity in certain groups. Did you know that these types of straps are not allowed in military repair areas? Plus, they absorb odo(u)r and stink after a bit.

Mr. Carson, I think the FIAT analogy, while just a tad more accurate, does a disservice to the dependability of the 'tuned' ETA caliber used in this Tudor. The Toyota analogy, using the 20R motor tricked out a bit, would exemplify the durability and dependability that Tudor appears to place in this piece. (I once built up a super-charged, plus a few other tid-bits, 20R that ate stock 911s for brunch. Rock solid motor.)


Ryan B
Ryan B

Irresistible to Denver Broncos fans

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

It is a very attractive watch, no doubt. But, the blank space in the bottom of the dial kills it for me, I just can;t get past it. What a perfect spot for a grande date complication. But, that would require movement manufactures, and we're talking about Rolex here... er, Tudor.

I agree that there is nothing wrong with using ETA, but this is Rolex, so c'mon dammit. I hear that Ferrari is about to release a new Sister brand, with awesome sporty styling, powered by Toyota 4-bangers. They are workhorse engines, trust me.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I've seen photos of this before, but I have to admit, on the wrist the watch looks even better  (or maybe those particular wrist shots just show off the colors better). My first reaction is that I don't like the sub-dial trapazoids, but the more I look at it the more I'm OK with it. I guess I just have to see it with my 'retro' glasses on. This design grows on me more and more. At first I thought - ugh!, now I' starting to like it - but a Fast Rider Black Shield might edge it out.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Galvan Thanks for an owner's impressions (always helpful). Cheers.

stolibulldog
stolibulldog

Huh? What part of gaudy does design embrace?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DG Cayse The engine used in the Dino Ferrari was a Ferrari design but Fiat was their overlord by then and insisted that production be done on Fiat lines. The Dino V-6 engine was also also used in a "Fiat Dino" but it was not a run of the mill Fiat engine. So I stand by my analogy, ha ha. Cheers.

I think the ETA movements are like small block Ford or Chevy engines. Recall that in tuned forms they found their way into such things as Corvettes, Panteras, Shelby Cobras, etc. So I don't see what is wrong with starting with a dependable motor which has the bugs worked out over the years. And you can get parts and service for ETA movements worldwide. Just saying...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Kris C Perhaps an automotive analogy would be the Dino 206/246 (late 60s/early 70s) which was the cheaper Ferrari line and had their engines made by Fiat. In fact the same engines were used in Fiats. I think your Toyota analogy would be correct if Tudor used a Seiko or Citizen movement. Cheers.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@MarkCarson Funny how a lot of the people I speak to can't seem to decide which of the new Tudors they want to get first as there at least a few candidates.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@stolibulldog  design can be subtle and restrained, and it can also be fun and colorful and uplifting.


I personally like color and I think it adds character--especially in a watch. Take SMEG for example, they offer high quality refrigirators, with a splash of color that I really like. There's even a mini-cooper-british-flag-handle fridge that is really cool. They are considered very well designed, and are meant to be fun and colorful.


This Tudor is no more gaudy than is the Steve McQueen blue Monaco, both of which I'd love to own.


Gaudy IMO is Jacob & Co, a diamond-encrusted yellow gold Rolex, over-the-top Hublot (with some exceptions), Marc Ecko and many others of that ilk...

If monochromatic is your chosen path then by all means you have plenty of options. But this Tudor is as far from gaudy as it gets, in my book.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Thanks Mark I have been reading about the Fastrider and I do like it the only thing that concerned ( just a little bit ) me is the pushers been PVD coating on the pushers have you had any experience with PVD ??? The Omega ceramics is all ceramic I think

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Aye...and there I think you've skinned it down to the essence with the 260, 283 & 289 reference analogy. Durability, parts and repairability and ease/commonality of service.

I confess, my knowledge, and experience, with the Dino/Ferrari motors and vehicles is extremely limited. But my knowledge of FIAT is a just bit more (good friend had a 124 Spider)...lol...(insert common expression of exasperation).


SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@MarkCarson I started with Dino and then edited to use Toyota. We're not all car guys, so I just wanted to get a silly point across - it was lighthearted, but you are of course correct.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Lesthepom Yeah, I know in the old days you used to see "5 microns of gold plating" a lot. And it wore off in places. But then gold is soft, so no surprise there. All I can offer up is that I have some (wood) drill bits which are gold colored due to a coating which is used to increase the bit's hardness. And it holds up well on the bits. 

There are lot of watches today with black PVD coating and I suspect you are right, but I can't say to what degree. For gardening, I'd say bare stainless or maybe DLC. While ceramics are hard they, like sapphire crystals, can be chipped/cracked even though they don't easily scratch. So banging around in the garden might not be a good idea with a ceramic cased watch either. I hope others with more knowledge chime in.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Thanks for the reply Mark the PVD bothers me I have allwayes refused to by a watch that is gold or PVD plated as I ware all my watches and don't really care what I am doing in it I was told by a dealer ones that gold plating should last about 1yr per micron of plating and most brands use 5 to 10 microns so 5 to 10 years of normal ware so start doing the gardening in it and its going to look bad very quickly the PVD on the ends of the pushers are going to be one of the first places to show signs of age just look at the crowns on the vintage watches

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@LesthepomGood question. I have some experience with black PVD but not PVD pushers. Generally, black PVD is a form of titanium nitride and had a hardness value greater than the stainless steel it sits upon. From the photos, the Fastrider appears to have steel collars for the pushers (all in black PVD). So this is likely a PVD against PVD wear issue on the cylinder sides of the pushers. Black PVD is rather tough but the hardened steel (like the end of a springbar tool) can scratch it...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DG Cayse FIAT = Fix It Again Tony (yeah FIATs had a bad reputation for quality and reliability back in the 60s & 70s). Some of them (like the 124) were fun cars but they just deteriorated day by day.

When I was at BaselWorld I heard  comments about a few movement makers (other than ETA) which had too many DOA movements, etc. That's something you just don't hear about with 2824, 289x, 775x, 649x movements. Love 'em or dismiss 'em, Swatch Group does build reliable 'industrial' movements.

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