July 22, 2013
by Ariel Adams
While the steel bracelet is sporty and conservative, it is very nice. I sometimes feel as though it doesn’t quite fit on this version of the Heritage Chrono as well as the strap. I am a total bracelet guy, but you have this tool-style watch with a brightly colored dial, and it just feels so much more visually complete on the NATO strap. The strap is actually a beautiful thing as Tudor did everything possible to take your standard cheap nylon NATO strap and make it look nice. That means they have custom buckles and loops on them they are higher-class than what you see on most straps of this style.
A locking fold-over deployant clasp gives the bracelet a secure feel. I like that it has some micro-adjust holes in the clasp, but overall it is a basic bracelet compared to what you’ll find on a Rolex or even on the Pelagos, that has a neat, fancy spring-loaded extension system. Nevertheless, quality is unsurprisingly high. The finishing on the brushed steel links is excellent, and the bracelet has solid end-links that fit very well against the case (part of that very solid construction I was talking about). My final thought about the bracelet is my appreciation for how it visually tapers. Not too much, but it narrows to the deployant down from where it connects to the case, which is always a good look. Rolex is known for that, and it is a good thing because it not only often looks better, but also helps make a watch more sophisticated because it requires so many more unique parts.