The founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf, established Tudor based on the principle that he could create the reliability and dependability of a Rolex at a lower price. As a result, Tudor watches have the essence of Rolex designs. However, over the years, Tudor has developed its own unique approach to watchmaking. Tudor watches are great for those who desire the style and reliability of a Rolex without paying the lofty price. Buying a Tudor watch is an excellent choice if you’re starting a collection. Find your next watch with our collection of exceptional used Tudor watches for sale at Crown & Caliber.
Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf established Tudor in 1946. The first models, the Oyster and Oyster Prince, combined elements of the Rolex style and quality with price points more accessible and more attractive to a wider scope of customers.1954, Tudor debuted one of its now iconic models: the Oyster Prince Submariner. The first edition of the model was released just after the Rolex 6204 Submariner, and the two variations shared several common features, from its screw-down back to its crown.
Tudor also has a rich history with the military. In the late 1960s, the French Marine Nationale began issuing Tudor timepieces to its most elite serviceman, a practice that continued for over a quarter century. The Marine Nationale even assisted in developing and testing Tudor timepieces to optimize them for diving. Other military organizations, from the Jamaican Defense Force to the Canadian Navy, have also chosen the Tudor Submariner for their servicemen because of its outstanding construction and durability.
In 1968, Tudor debuted their now iconic Snowflake hour hand on a Ref. 7016/0. By 2010, the brand resurged with one of its most groundbreaking models: the Heritage Chronograph. Shortly after, Tudor added two other new models to its catalog: the Fastrider in 2011 and the Ranger in 2014. In 2015, the brand introduced its first in-house movement, first featured in the Tudor North Flag. Updated variations in the Tudor Pelagos and Tudors Heritage Black Bay models soon followed. Today, a mix of minimalistic tool watches and eye-catching chronographs characterize Tudor’s lineup.
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