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Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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A few thoughts before our review of the Tudor Heritage Ranger watch. I think that deep down, under all of the elements that make up our individual tastes and preferences, we all want an honest watch that is built to last. We may obsess over, seek out, and pay dearly for more features, but in reality, few of us are divers, perhaps fewer pilots, and do you really need a chronograph, worldtimer, or moonphase? If we take the sport watch and distill it down to its essential elements we are left with a solid steel case, a reliable automatic movement and a legible dial with ample lume for when it’s dark.

Combine these elements, and you essentially have a field watch, a longstanding design with ties to the military, where gear is designed for maximum practicality, functionality, and longevity. Despite my admitted proclivity for dive watches, I’ve always had a fondness for the honest simplicity and practicality of a field watch. Tudor announced the Ranger, their very own field watch, at Baselworld this year, and since then, I’ve looked forward to giving it a proper shake down.

The Tudor Heritage Ranger ref. 79910 is based most closely to the Ranger that Tudor was producing in the late ’60s, though the 2014 Ranger has been updated to a 41mm steel case. Including the domed sapphire crystal, thickness comes in at 12.2 mm, and weight is a nearly unnoticeable 85g on the included fabric strap. With a lug to lug measurement of 48mm and 22mm lug width, the Ranger fits beautifully and is quite comfortable. Furthermore, the lugs are drilled and make for breezy strap changes that are well supported by a total of four factory available mounts, from fabric to leather, bund-style, and even a vintage-styled steel bracelet.

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The Tudor Heritage Ranger essentially fills the same function as the Rolex Explorer. Tudor’s methodology is to offer a case made with Rolex along with a third party movement, so the Ranger gets the ubiquitous ETA 2824 (employed to great effect without a date display). Surrounding this perfectly capable and acceptable movement is an outstanding case with sharp edges, lovely satin finishing and excellent proportions. The crystal sits high above the chamfer of the bezel and bestows a vintage charm on the Tudor Heritage Ranger, one that is completed by the warm faux-aged lume used on the markers and hands. The case is completed by a signed screw-down crown that ensures the Tudor Heritage Rangers 150m water resistance.

The crown, while sturdy, well threaded and quite grippy, is a bit of a sore point among some Rolex and Tudor enthusiasts. As with both versions of the Black Bay, the Tudor Heritage Ranger’s crown does not screw flush against the case side; instead, it sits about one millimetre from the case edge, atop an exposed segment of the crown tube.

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

On either version of the Black Bay, this element of the crown design is covered by a color-matched ring. The Tudor Heritage Ranger, in all of its functional charm, forgoes such ornamentation. I have to admit that for the first day or so of the few weeks that I had the Ranger, the crown gap did bother me. That said, after a bit more time on wrist, I barely noticed the crowns unconventional position. In use, the crown is wonderfully solid and very well executed.

The dial design, which is lifted directly from the Tudor Heritage Ranger’s late 60’s inspiration, is simple, legible and entirely classic in its appeal. While it may lack the detail and refinement of the beautiful dial found on on the Black Bay, the Tudor Heritage Ranger’s dial speaks to the values of a field watch and exudes a rugged simplicity similar to that of a chukka boot. If you want some shine and ornamentation, get something else. I love the darker red tone used for the seconds hand, I adore the lack of a date display, and the antique lume is both bright and long-lasting at night, while offering an entirely different look to that of the current Rolex Explorer.

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It must also be said that while the current Rolex Explorer 214270 suffers from some proportion problems, specifically a woefully short minute hand, the Tudor Heritage Ranger nails its proportions and offers an expansive and legible view of its dial. Aesthetically, the dial is flat with a matte black base that helps to manage reflections from the domed sapphire crystal.

While 41mm is essentially ideal for a dive watch, it actually makes for a fairly large-wearing field watch. With no dive bezel to surround and pad the dial, the Ranger’s margins are far wider than that of the similarly sized Black Bay. In many ways, this aids overall legibility, but it also makes for a watch that can feel as though it’s all dial. This is not inherently a good or bad aspect of note, simply something that took first hand experience with the Tudor Heritage Ranger for me to nail down. I really like the proportions, and again, feel that a big dial suits the ethos of a field watch.

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My sample Tudor Heritage Ranger came with both the leather strap (see video) and the camo-style fabric strap. The Tudor Heritage Ranger can also be had on a leather bund strap or a steel bracelet, replete with straight bar-style end links that mirror those of vintage Ranger models. The leather strap, a sort of medium tan with contrast stitching, is soft and comfy and comes with a fold-over buckle with a safety clasp. While I am not at all a fan of camo, I am surprisingly fond of the camo fabric strap included with the Tudor Heritage Ranger. Like the fabric strap that comes with the Black Bay, this strap is all kinds of overkill as an OEM spin on a G10 or Zulu. The spring bars are sewn in place, so the Tudor Heritage Ranger can’t accidentally slide free of the strap, and no additional “keeper” layer of fabric is needed to secure the strap. Additionally, Tudor has fitted upgraded hardware with a higher quality buckle and even metal strap keepers with beveled edges.

Many of you will be familiar with nylon-style single piece straps commonly known as G10s, NATOs, or Zulus, and I’m sure a few of you have seen the NATO-style strap that Blancpain offers with the Bathyscaphe. Imagine a strap somewhere in the continuum between these two extremes and you’ll have the Tudor fabric strap, a huge upgrade from the dozen $10 nylon straps I have in my watch drawer.

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

On wrist, especially with the fabric strap, the Tudor Heritage Ranger is so comfy you might forget it’s even there. On the leather strap, it takes on the vibe of a pilot’s watch, thanks not only to the look of the strap, but also how the simple balanced design of the Tudor Heritage Ranger seems to be something of a shapeshifter. Much to that effect, though I only saw it briefly at Baselworld, the Ranger has an entirely different feel on its bracelet. With excellent proportions and a design that works on just about any strap, I think the Ranger has to be worn to be fully appreciated.

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review  Wrist Time Reviews

To recap, the Tudor Heritage Ranger is a nicely made, no frills, honest watch. At its price point there is little competition in terms of case quality and finishing but heavy competition in features, sizing and movement. The Tudor Heritage Ranger starts at $2,825 USD and tops out at $2,950 with the steel bracelet, placing it in competition with many brands, including Tag Heuer, Maurice Lacroix, Baume et Mercier, Longines and Oris. Oddly enough, I think a main source of competition for the Tudor Heritage Ranger will come from the Black Bay (hands-on here), which starts at just $3100. Regardless of the competition, I really like the Ranger and it’s a great example of a successful “modern vintage” design. The case is beautifully made and nicely sized, the dial is bright and legible, and you get a reliable automatic movement and drilled lugs. Furthermore, the Tudor Heritage Ranger feels just right for a field watch – no nonsense, no decoration, just a quietly confident watch. tudorwatch.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Tudor
>Model: Heritage Ranger 79910
>Price: $2825 – $2950 USD
>Size: 41 mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Anyone wanting a tough, honest and nicely made watch. Zero pretence.
>Best characteristic of watch: Case proportions and quality.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Somewhat awkward gap between the case and the crown.

About the Author

James (@jamesstacey) is a writer, dilettante photographer and part-time adventurer. An obsessive fan of many things, he loves watches for their breadth of style, historical connections and raw technical design. James has tendency for diving with dive watches, obsessing about case thickness and, despite owning a vast collection of leather straps, he lives by the adage - "when in doubt, just nato". He also wrote this entire bio himself and is pretty sure it's not a cry for help.

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  • 5803822

    Ridiculous price – a Seagull engined version with much the same movement, would top out at $400 max – why so much blurb about a non-event ? Another piece of shameless money grubbing from Rolex.

  • DG Cayse

    Thank You Mr. Stacey.
    I will probably be getting one of these next (2015) spring.
    And, by the way…RLTW!

  • Grinnie Jax

    Seiko SARG009 has almost same explorish look, superb casework, convex sapphire. It is built like a rock and powered by inhouse caliber: http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachments/f21/1587493d1407318033-super-oyster-seiko-sarg009-seiko_sarg009_super_oyster-3-2.jpg
    And, finally… It costs $358, which is $2500 less

  • DG Cayse

    Grinnie Jax GJ – Thanks for the heads-up.

  • I’m sure it is very well made and comfortable, but the design is not very seamless to me and I’m just not a fan. The dial and it’s accents don’t match the case and crown design, and the overall effect is a watch that was only half designed and then given up on. That fabric strap is nothing more than awful, but it does look much better on a leather strap. I have no doubt that this watch would look well suited to a strap in Horween colour #8.
    Ultimately, the BlackBay is a much more cohesively designed and executed watch.

  • MikeinFrankfurt

    I was so excited for this one, but after seeing it at Basel and now in the windows of all the local watch shops, it still somehow leaves me cold and simply doesn’t grab me. 
    Why?  I can’t chalk it up to the 41mm.  I honestly think it’s a combination of the bezel being too thin and the lugs looking a bit too fragile/thin to support the large dial.  I don’t wish for blocky (ugly) lugs like the current Subs/GMT’s but something seems out of proportion on this.  If Rolex/Tudor could use the same ratios of bezel and lug size/thickness as the classic 36mm Explorers, I think it would look a whole lot better.

  • SantiagoT

    I must say this a meh watch for me. Only because it is Tudor we pay attention to it. If Christopher Ward would charge $2,825 for his, say, C8 Pilot Mk II we would think their out of their bloody mind.
    If you mix the crown with the strap portrayed here you get a water canteen look that is really not appealing.

    I prefer a Victorinox to be honest.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Handsome tool watch – and thank goodness it doesn’t have that horrible Tudor hour hand. $4000 seems steep.

  • Ulysses31

    This is a premium quality piece of mediocrity.  I don’t have a problem with humble-looking pieces – they are the antithesis of bling and have their own charm, but as has been pointed out, such a modest and simple design shouldn’t cost this much.  The only pretentious thing about this watch is the price.

  • vmarks

    This is a perfect enlargement of the classic Tudor Ranger I. The Tudor Ranger II had an integrated bracelet, similar to the Oysterquartz.

    What’s good to note when looking at this watch is, the numerals are almost the same as those on a classic 1016 Explorer I – if you want a Rolex-made 1016 and don’t have 8-10 thousand dollars laying around, this is a way to get close.

    Also worth noting is that the hands are the correct length here, with the minute hand reaching the minute track and the hour hand getting close to the numerals. On the 214270 Explorer I, they used smaller hands on the enlarged case and dial, making it suffer from short-hand-syndrome.

    This is how you do it. Yes, if it were made by anyone else it might cost less, but it’s not.

  • vmarks

    MikeinFrankfurt Looking at this closely, it feels to me like they’ve scalloped the lugs as it comes away from the circular body of the case. On a 36mm DJ or Explorer, the lugs don’t scallop in as they extend, they’re almost a straight line from the center of the diameter to the end of the lug. I think they needed to leave a little more metal on the outside edge of the lug. 

    The bezel does seem a little narrow. It needs to almost overhang the side of the case ever so slightly, and it needs to have a slightly smaller diameter dial / rehaut / crystal to get a wider bezel. Apparently, Rolex has a hard time scaling up proportionally.

  • vmarks

    Grinnie Jax That Seiko with a dial and hand mod (MKII if you could find it, Yobokies if you can’t?) would be very, very nice. Good find!

  • DangerussArt

    Even the worlds best vanilla ice cream is still awfully boring.

  • captaina16

    Pedestrian movement, nice simple appealing design for a beater watch. If there were super construction considerations,exotic materials or metals with intrinsic value i.e. white gold perhaps the price could be justified. The Tudor name does not hold the perceived value that Rolex carries. Consequently this is a $300 to $600 watch with a tremendous profit margin for Tudor. I realize companies are in business to make money. I have no problem with reasonable profit margins but this borders on the absurd. Try again Tudor if you are trying to establish a beachhead in the US.

  • Grinnie Jax The JDM Seiko’s in that price range (Sumo, Alpinist etc.) get my #1 vote for Value for Money watches…The casework is AMAZING for 3x the price

  • Millbarge

    “I think a main source of competition for the Tudor Heritage Ranger will come from the https://www.ablogtowatch.com/tudor-heritage-black-bay-blue-79220b-watch-2014/, which starts at just $3100.”

    Funny, i think it’s main competition will be watches like the Seiko SNKM77 that look almost the same but cost about $65.

  • BillyBobBobton

    Nice looking watch. Hideous strap. Overpriced by about $1,000.

  • vmarks

    Grinnie Jax OK, I’ve figured out what I’d *really* like – The case of the SARG009, with the dial and date wheel from the SRP043K1, arriving at a 3-6-9-12 dial with Seiko’s high quality lume and a date at the 4-o’clock position. I’d either like stick hands or mercedes hands, but would also source from Seiko so that the lume matches… 

    Now I just need to find someone who’s modified the SRP043K (Spork) and no longer needs their dial…

  • SantiagoT

    “Their out of” Santiago?? Really? Geez

  • BillyBobBobton

    Grinnie Jax Not sure if the finish out of the SARG009 matches the Tudor Ranger, but for the price differential, it’s close enough! the Seiko JDM watches are very nice for the price.

  • GoBuffs11

    captaina16

    Exactly.  Not quite apples to apples but an Archimede pilot can be had with an in-house case and the same movement for $550.

  • jamesstacey

    ABTW_Patrick aBlogtoWatch Thanks Patrick!

  • vmarks

    MikeinFrankfurt I think the other thing is that the tips of the lugs are beveled. The tips of a DJ or Explorer are cut straight. All of these things lead you see the lugs as thinner. The side of this case is cut straight and brushed. The side of the Explorer is rounded and polished.

    I definitely would wear the Tudor, but at 4000, it’s out of budget.

  • vmarks

    I think one of the questions here is: who is Tudor’s customer?

    Tudor has to be aware that people can buy competing brands for less, and can buy used-well-cared for Rolex for the same money as a new Tudor.

    So, Tudor needs to find a consumer that will only settle for being the first owner, and can’t or won’t afford an Explorer.

  • StephenAlmond

    Fraser Petrick
    There’s a worse hour hand than this?

  • Jus_ad_bellum

    Beauty  watch. Not so sure oon the price

  • bichondaddy

    Really……Really….????????  With all the power of Rolex sitting behind this watch….and this is what they come up with????  I could replace my 1980’s Explorer II for that price if I so desired…which I don’t!  Man…there is so much on the market today that is nicer looking, and less expensive….why would anyone consider this one.?  I mean…the ordinary Joe on the street would see this watch,  look at the price….and walk away laughing and thinking to themselves……”Who in their right mind would spend that much money on that thing?”  

    First…could they have designed a more boring dial?  C’Mon Rolex….put some thought and creativity into the watch for a change!!!  And the strap…. looks like a reject from Invicta!!! 

    Secondly……..Have they never checked out what the competition is making???  Seiko, Hamilton, Tag, Victorinox,  Christopher Ward, Oris, ( Thanks goes out to them for this months awesome giveaway!!! )  and plenty of the smaller watch companies offer nicer watches for far less money…like NFW or Reactor. 

    yes…there will be their fan boys out there who will line up to buy this one…..but if they are trying to gain a decent share of the US market place…..they need to……as we say here in the US…..”Bring Their “A” Game!”   .

  • rsr0109

    Thanks for an interesting review and especially for putting in the lug length which is a very helpful measurement.  For that price, however, the Archimede Outdoor Protect (1/4 the price) or a Damasko DA 34-37 (less than half the price) would be a preferred choice.  Good cases both and similar movements.

  • SantiagoT

    Tudor is like the schizo side effect of being Rolex. When they re-surfaced in 2012 they made a vehement “we want to be our own company, we are not Rolex” statement. And the presented the Black Bay, the Pelagos and the Heritage Chrono, a phenomenal success that year (the Chrono thanks to Mission Impossible that brought it back from 2010). And we all thought that Tudor had come out of age.

    But alas, they still behave like Rolex (read that holier than thou approach to press and, well, the world) and still live under Rolex’s wing. But without Rolex’s prestige. Without the iconic models. Without the calibers. Without the worldwide status. So they are forced to seduce with the looks and with the price, like everybody else. In the three models I mentioned they got both things right; not with the Ranger I’m afraid (I don’t know about their Style model, don’t know the price).

    For someone who, unlike us, has a life and doesn’t know about ETA or 3135 movements and just wants a watch, you may fool them into the Ranger saying “it’s Rolex’s second brand”. But that’s all you can say to justify the price. For people who do know a bit about watches using that as a sales argument will only piss -and put- them off. It’s an ETA for God’s sake.

    You buy a watch mostly for the emotion it transmits. Richard Mille makes arguably  the highest tech watches, but if I had the money to buy one… I would buy something different. Just not my carbon nanotubes cup of tea. For the same reason someone who wants an Explorer but doesn’t have the money will not buy a Tudor as a substitute. They will buy something different, or just wait to have the money.  So the “nearly the real thing” argument won’t work for Tudor either. 

    Totally off topic: I just read James Stacey’s “About The Author”. Made me laugh! Cheers James 
    (incidentally James and Santiago are the same name. The more you know).

  • SantiagoT Pretty much agree with your points. If I were in the market for a reliable, tough watch at a (comparatively) low price point AND knowing I’d be getting an ETA engine, I’d probably go in the direction of Hamilton.

  • Millbarge Nah…Seiko will never be a competitor as long as there’s the innate prejudice of it being a Japanese brand known for cheap watches.
    Seiko’s problem (in the unsophisticated US market) is probably the fact that they make watches ranging from $50 to $5,000. Unlike Lexus, Infiniti and Acura, they never re-branded to distance themselves from SEIKO, which was already known for “cheap” (but good).

  • vmarks  “if you want a Rolex-made 1016 and don’t have 8-10 thousand dollars laying around, this is a way to get close.” Or get a Sandoz “Explorer” with the exact same movement at significantly less than the Tudor.

  • SantiagoT Really…your right to be aghast at you’re comment 😉

  • The logo on the crown is pretty cool. However, a portrait of Henry VIII (later years) would be awesome!

  • Fraser Petrick

    Chaz_Hen  Or a two door Studebaker

  • Fraser Petrick

    Check out Momentum (Atlas Series). Solid, simple, accurate, very inexpensive and q…qu…quar…you know, the movement “that has no name”.

  • thornwood36

    The wristband does nothing for this watch. Open the back give me something to look at.. Other than that nice and functional

  • antjay

    Grinnie Jax  I would , with absolute honesty , prefer the Seiko . I would sped the change on quality , unpretentious beer .

  • SantiagoT

    Chaz_Hen SantiagoT Haha good one.

    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/E27YSDZ.png[/IMG]

  • GBD

    I think this one is pretty good, just wish it had flush end links and a date function. 

    And THANK YOU for publishing the complete case dimensions – that’s so important when considering a watch.

    Oh, and the price is silly.

  • Jimxxx

    More Rancher than Ranger… And is “rotor self-winding” really necessary on the dial? I guess it’s an homage to the original but it still looks out of place in this day and age.

  • Time2Go

    The simple, readable, purely functional design of this watch makes me smile.  And, unlike many others who have commented, I really like that camo strap (and I’m not a big camo fan either).

    I would definitely wear this watch.  BUT…and there had to be one…I don’t think I’d ever buy it at this price.  As much as I like it, I just can’t see how the hefty price is justified here.  As someone previously mentioned, a sales person feeding me the “Rolex” story to try and sell me this watch would just annoy me.

    I sure do like the watch though…

  • 5803822

    None of your readers would consider this offering other than some self indugent nutter with more money than sense – so why discuss it?

  • star42

    This is the case of a watch being TOO functional….to the point where there are no flairs to be had at all. This is a nice watch. It’s focus in its design and no-nonsense to a fault. But it did such a good job at being functional that it forget that it is still a entry-level luxury watch. There needs to be something, anything, to draw people in and justify that price tag. So far I cannot see a single thing on it that would convince me to fork over $2K+ for it. I can surely get my “Field Watch” fix with a Hamilton, where I conceivably will actually wear out to the field which it is designed for, and not get too worried about damaging or breaking it. Then again 10 times out of 10 I will wear a Suunto out to the field, so I guess that point is moot.

    Speaking of Hamilton their Khaki Field watch is a field watch done right. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Tudor can learn a thing or two about designing an attractive field watch from Hamilton. “GASP!”

  • Chaz_Hen Then they could advertise as “The 6 adjusted positions of Henry the XIII”

  • vmarks Regarding high priced ETA 2824 watches, there is the Montegrappa Chaos:
    Price for the Montegrappa Chaos watch in sterling silver is about $5,700 and about $76,500 in 18k gold.
    Per this review: https://www.ablogtowatch.com/montegrappa-chaos-watch-hands-on/
    But there may be others at even more painful prices.

  • 5803822

    To put the price in perspective, Rolex/Tudor were offering the same level of product for about 6 weeks average (UK) earnings 60 years ago – so consistency is apparent there, but other makers have managed to to get prices way down for equivalent or more comprehensive products
    Best example – Perigaum – GMT hand  with date – Pepsi bezel under £150. & water res 200m
    (I have no association with the above product other than owning one and being in complete awe at the value)

  • I have nothing negative to saw about this watch technically. And it is practical looking to the point that I think it’s a bit boring. As much as that restrained look may fit its intended purpose as a field watch it bring up the paradox of this watch. Watch purchases are largely emotional (you are driven by “want”) and in those rarer cases when the purchase would be instead based on logic and usefulness, you bump up against the price of this piece. At close to $3K This watch inspires no logical price justification and on the other hand without some illogical watch lust to overcome logic, I’d have a hard time sealing the deal with this one. 
    Thanks for the review James. Nice to know that the watch is more appealing in person than it other appears via photos and tech sheets. But that once again proves the the true impression of a watch comes from being strapped to one’s wrist.

  • 5803822

    Sorry – make that Coke bezel.

  • Grinnie Jax

    vmarks Grinnie Jax Hm, not bad… However, I would prefer original SARG009 dial for not having “DIVER’S 200m” and straight date window. I also find the “Automatic” font more appealing on JDM model.

  • marbstiu

    this is a ladies’ watch

  • Millbarge

    i’d prefer a SARG011/SARG009/SARG012…
    they look better and cost 1/10th the price

  • joshgraves

    I like this watch, but I could buy a similarly nice Hamilton for less than half the cost.  They need something more than a base ETA movement to justify any more cost.  Throw some Rolex internals in or something.  I like watches that omit the date window, but chopping the date doesn’t make sense for a non-dress watch.

  • PaulMiller1997

    Back in the day, you could order a 34mm Hamilton field watch from LL Bean. These were military watches that Hamilton had left over when the Pentagon stopped ordering, so they put the Bean brand on the dial and Bean sold them until they were gone. Those were the real deal.

  • AK74

    This is a beautiful watch, which reminded me of Sinn 556/856. The price is reasonable for the quality.

  • PaulMiller1997

    MarkCarson The price reflects Tudor’s brand strategy. I can remember when nobody talked about, or paid any attention to, or even in many cases KNEW about Tudor. Decades ago I knew them as “the poor man’s Rolex” and, at the time, good value for money – almost Rolex quality but at a much lower price. But at that time they were almost invisible. Recently they relaunched themselves in a very big way, particularly in the US, and have achieved impressive brand recognition in a short time. They now have this fantastic image among watch enthusiasts, with some hipster cred thrown in for whatever reason (probably the retro-ish design language), and influencers like Hodinkee are all over them. Meanwhile Hamilton is quietly producing a true classic (almost) field watch that is just as good as this, if not better, that you can get for a few hundred bucks. As in so many other markets, watch pricing has little to do with the objective value of the product as measured by things like utility, durability, quality of workmanship, etc. But I’m sure you know that.

  • PaulMiller1997 MarkCarson Yeah I know that. And I’m not so in love with the Tudor name to pay nearly 3K for this watch when as you pointed out, there are viable alternatives for a lot less. Cheers.

  • SarthakSharma

    With the bezel being as thin as it is, I feel like 41mm would wear bigger than the number here. 38mm with that size may have been the better decision. Still, a good watch regardless.

  • Chris Winter

    Beautiful watch, even though indeed the Seiko SARG009/11/12 are in the same space. That being said, for 25-33% of the dosh you’d pay for the Tudor you’d have an Archimede Outdoor Protect which is hardened to 1200 Vickers, 200m WR and German built. Then for half the dosh of the Tudor you’d already be owning a Damasko D36/38/373 or some such, which is also hardened and German built.

    Since the author of this review and many other authors of reviews for Tudor watches never went into the material and technical properties of the watch, my bet would be that the Archimede and Damasko watches will beat the snot out of this thing for half the price or less, while the “lowly” Seiko will operate on approximate par with the Tudor’s quality level for 1/10th the cash.