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5 facts about Tudor

From the little Rolex sister to an independent manufacturer

That Tudor was just the little sister of Rolex, was a long time ago. Today the company, founded in 1946 by Rolex father Hans Wilsdorf himself, cultivates its own style up to and including the development of its own manufacture calibers.

In 1926 the watch factory Veuve de Philippe Hüther registered the Tudor brand on behalf of Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. The first watches had a simple “Tudor” lettering on the dial, with the horizontal line from the T extending to the R. These first watches did not yet bear any resemblance to the models from Rolex, mostly they were rectangular or tonneau-shaped. On March 6, 1946, Wilsdorf then founded the company “Montres Tudor S.A.” He said: “For several years I have been thinking about making a wristwatch that our dealers can sell for less than our Rolex, but which is just as reliable. Now I've decided to set up a company specifically to manufacture and market such a watch. This company is called Montres Tudor S. A. “In 1952 Wilsdorf launched the Tudor Oyster Prince self-winding thanks to the perpetual rotor. It was waterproof to 50 meters. The first diving watch followed two years later: TheTudor Oyster Prince Submariner Reference 7922 was initially waterproof up to 100 meters, later followed by models that withstand 200 meters. This model has been further developed for over 45 years. The Tudor diving watches used the cases and straps of their Rolex counterparts until the 1990s. From 1969, automatic Eta movements were used.

Fact # 1 about Tudor: The sensational advertising campaigns by Hans Wilsdorf

Hans Wilsdorf presented his Tudor watches in the 1950s in a way that was unique for the time. Among other things, he equipped workers with pickaxes and jackhammers with Tudor watches and documented their resilience, reliability and consistently good precision in the advertising motifs.

The participants of a British expedition to North Greenland from 1952 to 1954 also received Tudor watches and in return informed Wilsdorf of the results of their accuracy by comparing the watches with the BBC radio signal.

Fact # 2 about Tudor: Tudor has been building diving watches since 1954

Introduced in 1954, the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner was Tudor's first diving watch. The original reference 7922 was waterproof up to 100 meters. 1956 saw the first models with 200 meters of compressive strength that were delivered to the French Navy.

From 1958 Tudor produced such diving watches in large numbers and sold them as reference 7924 until the mid-eighties. Also in 1958, the U.S. Navy Seals became Tudor's customers; further naval forces from countries such as Argentina, Canada, Italy, Israel and South Africa followed.

Fact # 3 about Tudor: The Snowflake pointer has been around since 1969

In 1969 Tudor introduced the second generation of its diving watch Oyster Prince Submariner on, with date (reference 7021) and without date (reference 7016). A square on the tip was integrated into the hour and second hands in order to be able to place more luminous material. This pointer shape soon became known as "Snowflake" among collectors.

Fact # 4 about Tudor: Own caliber

In 2003, Tudor took the first step towards manufacturing with the launch of the Automatic caliber T8050that in the ladies watch Princess Date Hydronaut premiered, but ultimately failed to meet Tudor's expectations. The history of today's in-house calibers begins in 2015 with the presentation of the first in-house automatic caliber MT5621 for men, the in the line North Flag was used for the first time.

In 2017, Tudor and Breitling announced a new collaboration on calibers: Tudor is now equipping its chronographs - for example the Heritage Black Bay Chrono Automatic ratchet movement MT5813 - with works based on Breitling. In return - for the Superocean Héritage II, for example - Breitling gets access to the Tudor caliber MT 5612. A year later, Tudor presented a smaller version of its automatic movement. The MT5402 has a running time of 70 hours and is equipped with a silicon spiral spring. A COSC chronometer certificate certifies its accuracy. The automatic movement came for the first time in the likewise new Black Bay Fifty-Eight for use. This watch is reminiscent of the brand's first diving watches. In 1958, the brand launched the reference 7924, which was waterproof up to 200 meters for the first time. Not only the pressure resistance, but also the case size of a moderate 39 millimeters is reminiscent of the model from the 1950s. The snowflake hands are also typical, but have only shaped the face of Tudor diving watches since 1969. The stainless steel watch with a unidirectional diving bezel made of anodized aluminum is available with a riveted stainless steel strap (3,380 euros), a brown leather strap (3,090 euros) or a black textile strap with a golden stripe (3,090 euros).

The Chronos test of the Heritage Black Bay Dark provides an insight into the current quality of Tudor watches: Here you can download the article for 0.99 euros.

Fact # 5 about Tudor: The evolution of the brand logo

The first Tudor watches did not have a real logo, but a simple "Tudor" lettering, with the horizontal line from the T extending to the R. The lettering soon changed, and the Tudor rose appeared for the first time around 1936. In the beginning it was embedded in a coat of arms, but soon it shaped the dial with the brand name alone.

Tudor: Catanachs from 1932
Tudor: Oyster Prince Submariner 7922 from 1954
Tudor: Oyster Prince Date Day from 1969

From 1969 the rose was gradually replaced by a new coat of arms. Rolex lettering on the dial and back disappeared early, but Tudor used the winding crown with the Rolex logo until the late 1990s.

Continuously updated article, originally posted in May 2015


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