Amidst the new offerings by Tudor at Baselworld 2018, a subtle line, the 1926, basic three handers with a date complication, was overlooked by its popular sport models. Almost everyone at the fair couldn’t stop talking about the Tudor GMT or the Black Bay 58. Understandably, a plainer watch lineup was overshadowed.
But now that the dust has settled, we’ve recently noticed how nice looking the white textured dial 1926 model looks with its metallic blue markers and hands. (The gold accented version is pretty hot too.) The fact that it’s available in four sizes (41, 39, 36 and 26 millimeters) and priced under $2,0o0, makes this Tudor and its variations a very tempting pickup. Inside these watches is an ETA 2824 movement, which is a fine choice to lower the price point.
Sometimes you just want a watch that will do its job without much fuss, but with plenty of owner satisfaction. The details such as elegant sword hands and waffle-patterned dials, bring a simple joy when glancing at the time and day of the month. The Jubilee-style bracelet is as comfortable as a bracelet can be.
The re-energized Tudor brand has largely ridden the success of its sport models. After all, the titanium Pelagos may be the best dive watch under $5K. The Black Bay and Heritage chronographs are beefy wrist adornments that emit a cool factor. But the newer dressier models from Tudor, the Glamour and Style lines, haven’t resonated with watch guys. The 1926 line has just enough interesting details that just might sway die-hard sport watch lovers. Let us know if you’ve taken the plunge.