The Tudor Heritage Chronograph, the watch that started the renaissance

When it was first introduced in 2010, the Tudor Heritage Chronograph marked the brand’s reemergence in North America. Hodinkee went nuts with a hype video and Rolex’s sister brand was positioned to bring to the market all the “wild and crazy” designs that its parent company did not want to touch.

Tudor didn’t dig too deep to bring something entirely new to the market like they did with their subsequent first in-house movement model, the North Flag. Instead they recreated their own 1970s chronograph, took away the magnifying lens, redid the proportions and changed the sub-dial configuration, the 45 chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock and small seconds at 3 o’clock). The result was a vintage-inspired throwback without the hefty price tag and modern features.

No doubt, the overall look and feel is a fun watch that is distinctively casual and also very high-end looking. The case beveling on the Heritage Chronograph is something we don’t see anymore with Rolex.

Hard to beat for the fun factor

At a retail price of $4,200 there are certainly worthy (and more expensive) chronograph competitors such as the Omega Speedmaster Professional and Zenith El Primero Chronomaster, but it’s hard to duplicate the spirited and funky look of Tudor’s offering. The 12-hour markers on the bezel insert make the Tudor simple dual-time zone watch, a very useful feature that doesn’t add complexity.

Some may argue that the modular chronograph movement, a Tudor-finished ETA 2892 base with a Dubios-Depraz 2054 module attached makes it less appealing than an integrated movement, but we found the overall package outweighed this perceived drawback. Yes, it makes for a case thickness of around 13mm, but we didn’t find this dimension hindering the wear-ability factor.

Choices to make it your own

Of we are biased and think the Tudor Heritage Chronograph wears best on an Everest rubber strap. Honestly, our strap does balance the hefty watch head well. Blessed with a 150-meter water resistance rating, the pairing with rubber makes a lot of sense when you want to bring your Tudor chrono into the ocean with you. And this watch just begs for action with its screw-down pushers complete with knurled grips.

The watch comes in a blue and orange scheme, which has different dial markers than its black and grey dial brethren. And if you can get your hands on the blue version, it can serve as a departure from all the sober black and dark dialed watches many people has as the mainstay of the sport watch side of their collection.

No matter how you cut it, if you are a fan of racing-inspired 1970s watches, the Tudor Heritage Chronograph would make a strong addition to your collection. It’s one of those watches that once you have strapped on you’ll be enjoying how much visual interest it adds to your wrist to worry about any “faults’ with it.

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