With its gorgeous Tudor Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330n) automatic watch the Swiss watchmaking brand pays homage to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph that was manufactured in the early 1970s.
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Powered by the Valjoux 7734 hand-wound movement, the original watch naturally featured a classic bi-compax chronograph layout that was visually supported with a generously sized date window with a signature magnifying lens that was placed directly above it.
Almost forty years after the introduction of the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph, the famous Swiss brand re-introduces the watch with a new movement and refreshed styling, but with the same spirit of adventure that’s seen in every detail of the new chrono.
The second generation model grew in size from compact 40 mm to more imposing 42 mm in width.
The fixed bezel of the Oysterdate with a tachymetric scale engraved on it was replaced with a bidirectional rotating bezel. Featuring knurled edges for better grasp, the bezel also sports a black insert with 12 Arabic numerals that, if need arises, allow to use it as a second time zone indicator.
As you can see on the pictures, the knurled motif of the bezel, which is clearly inspired by the exciting world of motor sports, is repeated on the screw-down chronograph push-pieces, as well as on the massive setting crown, which is protected from sudden shocks with a pair of elegantly shaped shoulders.
Although the tried and true ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement with an add-on chronograph module from the reputable complications specialist Dubois Depraz is modestly hidden behind a solid case back, it’s bridges and plates are still thoroughly decorated with circular graining, while the steel oscillating weight is adorned with Tudor logo and the famous Cotes de Geneve pattern.
The new Tudor Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) is available with two versions of its sporty dial: strict as a business suit “Grey on Black” and a vintage-styled “Black on Grey.” While the former will look especially good with a three-link solid steel bracelet with a new clasp and “Tudor” shield logo, the latter just has to be ordered with a black, grey and orange fabric strap that will perfectly match the same color scheme of the dial.
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Tudor Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) automatic watch specification
Price: Ask your local AD for a quote (Approx. $4400, MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA 2892-A2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Circular-grained; Branded oscillating weight with Cotes de Geneve motif
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Black on Grey / Grey on Black
Numerals: Arabic, on the bezel
Hour markers: 3-D applique hour markers, luminous
Hands: Sword-shaped, luminous
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: A three-link solid steel bracelet with a new clasp and Tudor shield logo / A black, grey and orange fabric strap, with a newly-developed vintage buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid