Sunday, December 6, 2009

Rolex Tudor

The Tudor watch company is a bit of a mystery to a lot of people. Tudor was founded in 1946 by Hans Wilsdorf in Geneva. The brand is a full brother of the classic watch company Rolex. The high quality watch brand was named after the the Royal House of Tudor that ruled the Kingdom of England from 1485 until 1603. Therefore the original Tudor emblem was a rose but it was replaced by the shield logo in the sixties.

When you take a look at both brands there are a lot of similarities, especially in the old days. The Tudor styles were often manufactured with a Rolex bracelet and ditto crown. The most important difference between Rolex and Tudor was that for the youngest of the two they did not use a Rolex in-house movement but one supplied by Ebauches SA, ETA. Secondly the brands had a different price strategy. In 1990 the two brands went in separate directions in order to create two unique brand identities.

Although Tudor enjoyed a lot of benefits due to it being connected to the more expensive Rolex, and the fact that Tudor watches used to be sold with Rolex-signed bracelets and crowns, the label never had the prestige the older brother had. Nevertheless, there are some fantastic vintage Tudor pieces available that are just as rare as the similar Rolex style, but for a better price.

Shown above you see Tudor Submariner that was adapted by the French Navy for its divers. We thought it would be nice to show you one of our favorites (the Snowflake), next to the similar style made by big brother Rolex in the mid 60's. The question that remains is: What would you prefer?

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blackson said...

Ik kies de Rolex maar alleen vanwege de matte kast. De Tudor glimt me teveel.

Groet, Andy

Menno van Meurs said...

deze kreeg ik ook nog door van John:

Niet normaal toch?

javier said...

known in the web the most coveted of the world's most luxurious watches, rolex and most elegant all brands and this has very good blog!.

Mary said...

I'm looking at your blog on the Rolex series 6 Quick link adjustment. Is that a genuine bracelet shown? My series 6 bracelet does not show a half link in the clasp. And I cannot separate the clasp from the last links.- I cannot do what you see on 3rd and 4th picture.


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Milla said...

I know nothing about these
watches. Most of them are $300 or higher. There is only one
at $200. What is it that I must look for to get him a watch he will
treasure and be able to use for the next 20 years? What is it that
makes this one $200 watch different from those at $300 or more?....
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