Look in some vintage dive watches from Tudor Watch Your Style Commercial Replica and you’ll see where the “snowflake” hour and markers layouts come from. This was from mostly the 1970s, I believe, when Tudor was trying to take Rolex’s signature dive watch dial design and alter it somewhat so that there was not any “model confusion.” Now watches such as the Tudor Heritage Black Bay in addition to the Pelagos prominently include the cube snowflake-style hour, and accompanying dial layout elements.Other case layout components are borrowed from vintage Tudor designs, but largely in cosmetic ways. I state that to explain that Tudor was not held back by the need to pay homage to its history when growing the Pelagos. Rather, when they had to figure out stuff like the design of their lugs, crown guards, hour markers, etc., they pulled from their history. All these arguably cosmetic elements (which can be made in a ton of ways) are the epidermis on a really contemporary and strong tool watch.The original Pelagos watches had a limited lifespan because just a few decades later Tudor chose to replace the Swiss ETA-sourced automatic movements with those made in-house by Tudor. In 2015, aBlogtoWatch analyzed the Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB watch in blue, which sported the in-house made caliber MT5612 automated movement. In addition to this new motion, the case was created a hair thicker, and the dial text shifted a bit. “LHD” stood for “left handed,” meaning that the crown has been put on the left side of the situation, versus the right side. Many left-handed people (not really) wear watches on their right arm, given the crown will be at the “right place” facing the wrist. Most left-handed watches are in fact not worn to the ideal hand, but rather on the left hand (as right-handed watches are) because people just like the look of the crown facing the direction, or since it increases wearing comfort as the crown is not in a position to dig in to your wrist.
The last time Tudor Watches 1973 Replica had a brand ambassador was when it signed an up and coming golfer in 1997, after he won his first major. That five year deal ended in 2002 and Tiger Woods decamped for TAG Heuer (and is now with Rolex).
Now Tudor has just signed two giant names in sport: retired footballer David Beckham and the All Blacks, perhaps the world’s most famous rugby team.
The news is the latest development in Tudor’s multi-year strategy of building itself into a brand with an identity distinct from its parent, Rolex.
It follows the earlier steps of rolling out affordable and well designed sports watches – the Heritage Black Bay is the bestseller – as well as expanding its retail network; the brand re-entered the American market in 2013 after a decade’s absence.
The All Blacks, who boast a winning Test record of 77%, will wear the Black Bay Dark, in keeping with their monochromatic uniform.
Beckham, best known for his time at Manchester United and the England national team, gets the two-tone Black Bay S&G and the Black Bay Chrono, both new launches for 2017.