The Tudor Rose was a symbol of English kings, so when Rolex – who were originally based in England – wanted to make a second brand, the king chose the same symbol. Tudor was always meant to be the less expensive brand in the foundations lineup, and as a result, we saw in the early days that Tudor was often made from the spare parts bin at Rolex. However, since Tudor released the Heritage Black Bay in 2012, they have found their own identity and have become an industry favorite by offering some of the best watches in their price range, introducing in-house movements, with some watches even becoming METAS-certified. Tudor has grown out from under the shadow of Rolex to earn a loyal following all their own.
Heritage Black Bay Green Harrods Special Edition 79230
When Harrods launched this special edition in 2017 it was an immediate hit. A Heritage Black Bay with a green bezel and green accents around the dial, it reminded many of the Rolex 16610LV, affectionately known as “the Kermit.” The only drawback was you had to go to Harrods in London to place your order and pick it up, no international shipping. With the special edition being on sale for five years so far, and with the rumors of it being discontinued heating up, this might be a good time to buy.
Heritage Chrono 70330
Based on the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph ref. 7169/0 “Monte Carlo,” the Heritage Chrono follows the modern trend of looking into a brand’s back catalog and making a new version of that old watch. The good news is when it is done correctly, like with the 70330, we all win. The original 7169/0 has become a collector’s piece and was never made in large numbers, so the price has
naturally grown past what most can afford. The 70330 stays very true to the original, and possibly improves it by getting rid of the cyclops date window at 6 o’clock.
Pelagos LHD 25610
The Pelagos fits one of the more popular niche watch categories – a professional dive watch, with 500 meters of water resistance – so this watch will have no problem standing up to water pressures that most of us will throw at it, which is probably just washing our hands. This version fills an even smaller niche for the roughly 10 percent of the world who are left-handed, or just rebels who prefer to wear a watch on the right hand. It is rare for a watch to be offered with left-handed people in mind, but thankfully this watch proved popular enough that earlier this year, Rolex released a GMT with lefties in mind.
Heritage Black Bay 36 79500
While Tudor has a love affair with the name Black Bay, not all that share the name are dive watches. This is a simple time-only watch that is obviously inspired by the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Tudor does bring their own styling, with snowflake hands and their own hour markers. The resemblance to the OP is a good thing for collectors; = sure you can get on a waitlist for the Rolex or pay after-market prices, or you can grab a great looking watch from Tudor that wears very similarly and looks great on its own for a third of the price.
Heritage Black Bay Red 79220
The original Heritage Black Bay, accept no substitutions. When it was launched in 2012, the movement may have come from ETA but everything else was Tudor. For many, this is the best version of the Black Bay – the Tudor Rose is on the dial instead of the shield, which appeared in later versions, no fake rivets on the bracelet, and a slightly slimmer case than the in-house movement 79230. The upturned bottom text has given the 79220 the nickname “Smiley.” The red bezel is the original Smiley, with blue and black bezels launched soon after.
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