Tudor just relaunched a modern version of their Royal dress watch that was first produced in the 1950s.
If the Black Bay is Tudor’s version of parent company Rolex’s Submariner — then the Royal is Tudor’s version of the Rolex Day-Date.
Presenting the new 2020 Tudor Royal collection. Available in 316L stainless steel or stainless steel with gold, and offered in 4 sizes (28 mm, 34 mm, 38 mm, 41 mm), with 9 possible dials in a variety of sunray satin-finishes (or mother-of-pearl), with applied Roman numerals applied or diamonds — there’s a Royal watch designed to fit almost any wrist.
All models come with either a stainless steel or steel/yellow gold integrated “five-link” bracelet, with a satin-brushed and polished alternating finish. No straps are available at launch.
Similar to a Rolex Day-Date, the classy, minimalist dial of each Tudor Royal features luminescent baton-shaped steel hour and minute hands with rounded tips, a steel baton-shaped center seconds hand, a date aperture at 3 o’clock, a curved day aperture at 12 o’clock, and a printed railroad track chapter ring encircling the dial.
A distinctive notched bezel — in 316L steel or 18K solid gold — with alternating cut grooves and a polished finish, completes the look of this Day-Date, without biting the famous Rolex fluted bezel aesthetic.
Depending on the case size, there are three different movements being used, each selected to best fit its respective case. Unlike most Tudor watches in the current catalog, the Royal collection uses outsourced Swiss-made ETA movements as opposed to in-house calibers, which is why the prices are lower than in-house Black Bays. Based on size the ETA caliber 2834 (41 mm), ETA caliber 2824 (38 and 34 mm), or ETA caliber 2671 (28 mm) power each model in the Royal line. All three calibers beat at 4Hz, have 25 jewels, use a Niavrox balance spring, have stop seconds, semi-instantaneous date and day of the week, are adjusted via an index regulator, and have 38-hours of power reserve.
The front of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal, the caseback is solid and screws-in, and the crown — which is made from either steel or 18K gold and is relief engraved with the Tudor logo — screws-down to the case.
Each Tudor Royal comes with a five-year warranty (transferrable), with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required. Retail prices are as follows $2,150 – $3,925 (28 mm), $2,200 – $3,975 (34 mm), $2,250 – $3,300 (38 mm), $2,325 – $3,350 (41 mm).
Learn more at Tudor.