The relationship between Tudor and Australia stretches back to the 1940s – there’s a good chance your father or even grandfather has a watch bearing the distinctive rose or shield logo. But as the brand commences an exciting renaissance, it’s time for the second chapter in the Australian Tudor story. Time+Tide are honoured to partner with Tudor as they win over a new generation of watch lovers.

David Beckham just wore a rare custom Tudor, we've tracked down three more you've probably not seen

rare custom Tudor

David Beckham's latest project has got off to a dodgy start. For six long years he's worked tirelessly to establish the first Major League Soccer team in Miami. After endless wrangling over stadium sites and investment, Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami – or Inter Miami – played their first two games this month. Unfortunately, they lost both. In further bad news for the club's part-owner, on the eve of Miami's first-ever home game this weekend, the league has just been shut down for a month due to coronavirus. On the plus side, Beckham has already wangled a new watch out of it. The 44-year-old has been spotted with a rare custom  Tudor Pelagos dangling from his heavily tattooed wrist. In modern diving-watch circles, the Pelagos rates highly — it won the prestigious Best Sports Watch category at the 2015 GPHG Awards. Nicely sized at 42mm, it's got a lightweight build thanks to its titanium case, a ceramic bezel, auto-adjusting clasp, plus a highly respectable 500m of water resistance. What makes Beckham's Pelagos strikingly different is that there's an Inter Miami crest stamped at 6 o'clock. When you're a walking super-brand, it seems, a football scarf just doesn't cut it. In fact,… Read More

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Weekend watch spotting with JR: featuring the Rose and the Crown

This weekend, I wore my Swatch Sistem51 Hodinkee Generation 1986 and went out in search of what other like-minded individuals had decided to attach to their wrist, and this is what I found out in the wild: Danny's Tudor Black Bay GMT Danny has lusted after Rolex's GMT-Master II Ref.126710BLRO ever since it was first unveiled at Baselworld 2018. There was just one problem with his desire for a "Pepsi" though … and I think we all know what it was. So, once it became apparent that his sugary sweet grail watch wasn't going to be an option, Danny went in search of its Aspartame-equipped younger brother, the Tudor Black Bay GMT. Rather unfortunately, however, "Diet Pepsi", as it's come to be known, is an exceedingly hard timepiece to come by at your local AD as well. Luckily, though, while trawling Mr Zuckerberg's increasingly popular marketplace one morning, Danny stumbled across a Tudor GMT that was just weeks old. What was even more amazing was that the chap who was selling it was just asking for the RRP, rather than trying to make a quick buck. Danny messaged the seller in earnest, and before the day was out, the Diet… Read More

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The Tudor 1926: a great daily timepiece for the classically inclined

Editor's note: One of Tudor's lesser-known model ranges, the 1926 is an admirable everyday watch with a number of great benefits. For a start, it's powered by a tried and true ETA movement, not one of Tudor's in-house calibres. Why is that a good thing? Well, for a start, it keeps costs down, as evidenced in the price of the watch. Another positive about ETA movements, as I'm sure you've probably heard countless times before, is that they are nigh on bulletproof and easy to service. The 1926 is also a handsome and classically styled watch, ensuring that it offers a great amount of versatility. Late in 2018, we were fortunate enough to go hands-on with the 1926, and these were our thoughts.  One of the more intriguing releases from Tudor this year — and one that didn't get quite the attention it otherwise would have, thanks to the show-stealing GMT — was the classically styled 1926. Taking its name from the year the Tudor name was registered, it also owes some design cues to this golden era of style. Take, for example, the finely textured waffle dial, with the blued Arabic numerals interspersed with arrow-head markers. Lovely, but also… Read More

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David Beckham just wore a rare custom Tudor, we've tracked down three more you've probably not seen

rare custom Tudor

David Beckham's latest project has got off to a dodgy start. For six long years he's worked tirelessly to establish the first Major League Soccer team in Miami. After endless wrangling over stadium sites and investment, Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami – or Inter Miami – played their first two games this month. Unfortunately, they lost both. In further bad news for the club's part-owner, on the eve of Miami's first-ever home game this weekend, the league has just been shut down for a month due to coronavirus. On the plus side, Beckham has already wangled a new watch out of it. The 44-year-old has been spotted with a rare custom  Tudor Pelagos dangling from his heavily tattooed wrist. In modern diving-watch circles, the Pelagos rates highly — it won the prestigious Best Sports Watch category at the 2015 GPHG Awards. Nicely sized at 42mm, it's got a lightweight build thanks to its titanium case, a ceramic bezel, auto-adjusting clasp, plus a highly respectable 500m of water resistance. What makes Beckham's Pelagos strikingly different is that there's an Inter Miami crest stamped at 6 o'clock. When you're a walking super-brand, it seems, a football scarf just doesn't cut it. In fact,… Read More

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3 Tudors that got everyone talking in 2019

2019 was an exciting year for Tudor, as the iconic Swiss watchmaker released several models that collectively surprised and even inspired the greater horological community. And while some of the novelties unveiled last year were contentious at the time, I think people's attitudes have softened towards them and, more importantly, it's just great to see a stalwart of the industry like Tudor push the boundaries of design and innovation. Here are the three Tudors that got everyone talking in 2019: TUDOR BLACK BAY P01 One of the most interesting and exciting timepieces released during 2019 was the Tudor P01. While not technically a remake, the P01 was originally designed in the 1960s and proposed to the US Navy as a potential partner for their military missions. As history records, the novel design, which uses a spring-loaded end-link to clamp the rotating bezel in place, was rejected, and the plans to produce it shelved. Thankfully this quaint curio has finally made it out of the archives for all to enjoy. Ref No: 70150 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: MT5612 / Price: $5450 TUDOR BLACK BAY CHRONO S&G The Black Bay Chrono gets the two-tone treatment with… Read More

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The clairvoyant watch collector – which brand will establish itself as a big player in the next decade?

Clairvoyant Watch Collector

In 2009, Rolex performed a miracle. Necromancy. A resurrection. Back from the dead was the oft-maligned sister brand of the Crown: Tudor watches. What followed in the seven years since was the most startling and effective rebrand the world of watches has ever seen. And thanks to an immense financial investment and influential vocal advocacy, underpinned by an excellent product, it looks likely Tudor's star will continue to burn brighter still over the years to come. Watch collecting is not what it was. How could it be? Until 30 years ago the notion of "collecting" watches was as odd a pastime as collecting spanners – objects designed to be used, not fawned over. Now, everyone is looking for "the next big thing", the double-red Submariner at a garage sale, the box-fresh Rolex Explorer II original stuffed in the back of your grandfather's sock drawer. The problem is, it isn't going to happen as often as it did, because we are, as a group of informed collectors, simply too aware to allow the collectibility of modern pieces to ever reach that of their forebears. Why? Because watches never used to be collectible. Sought-after models are sought after because they are scarce…. Read More

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Is this Tudor Black Bay "Smiley" the next big collector's watch?

Tudor Black Bay "Smiley"

Editor's note: A perennially common question in the horological hemisphere is, "What is the next BIG future collectible timepiece?" It's a pretty loaded question, and usually one answered with, rather obviously, nothing more than conjecture and anecdotal hypothesis. But, if we're being honest, the best indicator of the "next big thing" is when there is a constant murmur in the wristwatch community about the same watch, a constant simmering of whispers that keeps on throwing up one model. That model is this, the ETA-powered Tudor Black Bay "Smiley". Whether it's the simpler ETA 2824-2 movement, the slimmer case, "Rose of the Tudor" motif on the dial, or a combination of all three, there are many, many people saying this is the next watch to go pop.  As a brand, Tudor is a lot like Rocky in that Rolex's little brother is a plucky fighter come good. Unlike Rocky, Tudor's releases just get better and better with each passing year. Baselworld 2014 saw two big crowd-pleasing releases from Tudor, and a new range that is understated in the extreme, though still enticing. We'll talk more about the Ranger and the Style later, but for now let's focus on the undisputed star of the… Read More

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