of the Tudor brand began in 1926 as a brainchild of the founder of the Rolex
Watch Company, Hans Wilsdorf. He intended to offer a similar level of quality
of a Rolex timepiece at a more affordable price and had this to say regarding
the birth of the Tudor brand.
‘For some years now, I have been considering
the idea of making a watch that our agents could sell at a more modest price
than our Rolex watches, and yet one that would attain the standard of dependability
for which Rolex is famous. I decided to form a separate company, with the
object of making and marketing this new watch. It is called the Tudor Watch Company.’
Herr Wilsdorf is no longer with us, his legacy lives on and today Tudor are
still making the highest quality watch at the most accessible price with a
product that is highly regarded for its attention to detail. Baselworld 2018
saw the introduction of a brand-new collection dedicated to the founding principles
of Tudor and Hans Wilsdorf’s vision, the Tudor 1926.
as a collection for both gentlemen and ladies, the Tudor 1926 features a range
of different sizes (28mm, 36mm, 39mm, 41mm) and can be configured in a
stainless steel case and bracelet combination or stainless steel with a pink
gold bezel and detailing to the bracelet. Every watch in the range is fitted
with a vintage-inspired textured dial that is usually referred to as either
‘Honeycomb’ or ‘Waffle’. The detail on the dial is spectacular and adds a
three-dimensional effect that is equally visually appealing on each of the
three colour options – black, silver or opaline. Alternating diamond hour
markers can also be chosen to add a touch of additional luxury for a rather
reasonable premium of £370.
in the range is powered by a top-grade, Swiss-made ETA movement and is
waterproof to 100 metres, allowing the watch to be worn in water without any
issue (provided that the crown is screwed in). The Tudor 1926 is fitted with a
graceful, fine link bracelet in either stainless steel or stainless steel and
pink gold, completing the overall sophisticated look of the watch.
One of our
personal favourites is the reference 91550 – a 39mm stainless steel model with
the stunning opaline and blue dial. The opaline and blue combination is a
colourway that is quite new to the brand and has since been introduced on the
new Tudor Glamour Double-Date that was launched recently. The colours
complement each other fantastically and often catch the light in unusual ways,
leading to a dial that can sometimes appear white or silver depending on the
viewing angle. One of the best features of the Tudor 1926 range is how elegantly
the case fits on the wrist due to its slim profile. Combining the 39mm diameter
with a slim case makes for a watch that could feasibly be worn as a dress watch
but without being restricted to a formal setting.
1926 is an extremely well-priced collection that offers excellent value for
money with prices starting at £1,220 for a self-winding, Swiss-made timepiece
that is waterproof to 100 metres, with a wonderfully crafted bracelet and a
dial that features stunning colours and texture. The Tudor 1926 certainly
embodies the spirit of Hans Wilsdorf and we are excited to see how the
collection evolves as time passes by.
information, we recommend that you contact your nearest Prestons showroom in
Wilmslow, Leeds or Guildford and they will be delighted to discuss the
collection with you in further detail.