The Tudor 1926 Automatic 91450-0002 is encased in 36mm of stainless steel surrounding a textured black dial on a stainless steel bracelet. Features of this Tudor 1926 include hours, minutes, seconds, and date. This Tudor watch also measures 9.3mm in thickness and 44mm from lug-to-lug.
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And today, we're discussing the Tudor 1926 automatic. A 2018 model year launch designed to recall the earliest years of the Tudor name as Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, registered the name back in 1926. Registering the name, it wouldn't become a brand in its own right for another 20 years, but the ball was rolling and this watch celebrates the styles of those early years in the roaring 1920s.
So the 1926 is 36mm and a handsome, easy-to-wear watch. If you want to think about it this way, think of it as Tudor’s answer to the Rolex Datejust—it's a slender watch on my 16cm circumference wrist. It sits agreeably flat at 9.3mm thick, and the watch measures 44mm from lug-to-lug, and that is the true measurement across the wrist. So, this is a timepiece I can recommend for a wrist to smallest 13cm in circumference. The spacing between the lugs is 19mm, if you want to accessorize, but the quality of the Tudor bracelet, especially considering this is a Tudor entry-level collection, the quality of the bracelet surprised me.
First, the clamshell itself is very secure and the mechanism, very solid. The clasp is handsomely finished—you could see internally it's all of high polish, and it also uses some refinements I didn't expect like spring-loaded ceramic pin snaps to protect the tight tolerances, and the snap and the snick of the mechanism over time.
The swing arms, though they are stamped, are also very thick gauged. So, they inspire confidence. They're extremely solid. And as you can see, all removable links are fixed in place with screws, not the pin sleeves that you might expect in this price range. And, there are many removable links, so you will find the proper size. The design is very handsome. As you can see, it uses a seven link design with staggered link alignment, staggered finish. As you can see, there are some polished elements in the center links, and then there are satin finished shoulders with the outer face as being of high polish. You'll also note, on the underside, that there are plenty of gaps to avoid pinching skin, pulling hair, or trapping wrist heat. So, this is well suited to sports activities.
The watch is 100m water-resistant, so while it's not an all-out sports watch, it acquits itself well if you do want to go for casual swim. The case band is best described as well—Rolex Datejust. It has the same elegant minimalism and compound curvature, as well as high polished profile. And then you can see that there's a sharp shouldered break with the hoods of the lugs, with a conforming profile end blink to integrate the bracelet to the case. The bezel is minimal, but you can see it actually features an upper and lower section with a vertical section outboard, then a little bit of a bevel, and then a conical section in high polish. All of that leading to a dial that features a cross-hatched inverse hobnail.
So, there are little wells embossed on the dial. You have an Art Deco style combination of dark indices and numerals. And as you can see, these are applique rather than printed features, so it does have an upscale sensibility about it with vintage-inspired leaf style hands. And then there's a no-nonsense black on white date disc.
Now, the watch—100m water-resistant, does not have too, too much of a sporting air to it, though, as you can see with the combination of the black dial and the silver case, it could easily be a casual watch. Just as with its traditional dimensions and chaste proportions, it could dress up to black tie if you wish.
Now, the watch features stop seconds, as well as a quick set date mechanisms so you can rapidly set the date should the watch run down or encounter an irregular length month. Underneath a solid caseback protected by a screw-down crown, you have a caliber 28242 from ETA. 25 jewels, automatic winding, you have a robust timepiece that beats away at 28,800 vibrations per hour with a 38-hour power reserve and a smooth bi-directional winding action, such that you can't really feel or hear the rotor. So, it's an elegant watch and the feeling of refinement continues right up to the nature of the movement itself.
A tank tough tractor caliber, this watch water-resistant, highly impact-resistant, and serviceable literally anywhere in the world as an all arounder to make Hans Wilsdorf proud. You can see this reincarnation of the 1926 Tudor collection, and make it yours on the WatchBox.