Review: Tudor Heritage Chrono

At the recently concluded Basel World 2010 watch fair, Tudor premiered the latest addition to its Tudor Sport collection. We take a look at some of the finer points

Time is actually a measurement of speed. In the case of the 24-hour day, it is a measure
of our planet's rotation on its own axis. The ability to break down time into ever
smaller units and record these units defines the relationship between speed and horology.
The very first chronograph mechanism in the world did just that for French royal
timekeeper Nicolas Rieussec in 1821. As speed evolves to push forward and establish new
records, timekeepers must follow suit so that there are instruments on hand to verify
those records.

For luxury watch brand Tudor, the need for speed is pressing, what with the brand's
Timing Partner status with all Porsche international one-make cups. At the recently
concluded Basel World watch fair, the brand premiered the latest addition to its
Tudor Sport collection, the Tudor Heritage Chrono. Styled after – and inspired by – the
Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph of the early 1970s, the watch is indicative of both
the brand's storied past and its present partnership with the Porsche races.

Highly evocative of the 1970s model, the Rolex-owned brand drove us down memory
lane with the case middle, bezel, lugs, bracelet and overall shape. Speaking of
bezels, Tudor has opted to use a bidirectional bezel here that was meant for the
original model but was never actually used. This alone makes the watch a representation
of what could have been, not so much what was. Contemporary styling makes its way
into the lugs (beveled and polished edges), crown protectors, bezel (knurled) and
chronograph pushers.

Far from a mere recreation of the past, Tudor has delivered a new chapter in its
timekeeping journey with this model. The clearest expressions of this are in the
dial (grey on black or black on grey) designs, with the standout orange details,
and 3-D appliqué hour markers. This is done with the past in mind but the detail,
size (42mm) and execution are inherently contemporary, especially in the repetition
of all these colors on the strap.

Another key contemporary touch is the black eloxed aluminum disc of the bezel
we mentioned, which is something that would have been nigh impossible with the technology
of the 1970s. On the opposite end of that scale, note the 45-minute counter at 9 o'clock
is a reference to the original 7734 Valjoux movement.

Finally, the watch is offered with both the distinctive strap below and a three-link
solid steel bracelet (with a new clasp and Tudor shield logo. The fabric strap is
done in black, grey and orange, with a new vintage-deat belt-inspited look-and-feel.

Specifications

Tudor Heritage Chrono
Reference 70330 N

  • Case: Steel, with satin and polish finish, bidirectional rotating bezel, screwed-down
    crown
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds (3 o'clock), date (6 o'clock), chronograph
    (45-minute totaliser at 9 o'clock)
  • Movement: Self-winding mechanical
  • Water resistance: 150 meters

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