Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Favorite Tudor Watch From Baselworld 2013 - The Heritage Chrono Blue (Watch Wednesday)

One of the few watches that where introduced during this years Baselworld and that I really liked is the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue (Ref. 70330B). It is heavily inspired by the iconic 1973 Tudor "Montecarlo" (Ref. 7169) and cites many details of its predecessor.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue with Nylon strap and steel bracelet - (c) Tudor

I like both versions with steel bracelet or with a nylon strap in blue, grey and orange - colors that match the watchface and give a hint of mediterranean flair.

Nonetheless it isn't just another version of  the Heritage line introduce by Tudor in 2010 (which is very successful so far). This is a completely new watch by itself. It differs from the other Heritage models especially in the hour markers filled with SuperLuminova, the form of the hands and the bi-directional bezel.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - Superluminova
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - SuperLuminova - (c) Tudor

The dial sports two counters 3 and 9 o’clock for the small seconds hand and for a 45-minute counter.
The sapphire crystal keeps a self-winding mechanical ETA2892 movement with a Dubois-Dépraz-module and 42-hour power reserve. The bezel has a blue aluminium finish, while crown and pushers are knurled with a chrome finish. Additionally the crown features a blue lacquered shield.

Tudor Montecarlo and Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
(c) Tudor

It comes with a retail price of 4'200 CHF / 3.480 EUR / 4,350 USD.

This comes in perfect timing with the return of Tudor to the US market in September 2013. It should be available in both select Rolex boutiques as well as third-party watch retailers.


Technical specifications:

  • Reference: 70330B
  • Movement: ETA 2892 automatic movement with Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module, 55 jewels, 28,800 beats/hour
  • Case: Stainless steel, 42mm diameter with polished and satin finish, screw-down crown with triple waterproofness system, screw-down pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock
  • Bracelet: Multicolor fabric strap (blue, grey, orange) and steel bracelet with folding clasp
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable with 12-hour grades (48 positions) to be used for second time-zone display, blue aluminium finish
  • Dial: Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock
  • Water resistance: 150m/500feet

For more information visit the official Tudor site.

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