TUDOR began in 1926 under the vision of Hans Wilsdorf. Yes, the Wilsdorf that founded Rolex too. The TUDOR Swiss watch brand is known for having the refined look, proven reliability, and better affordability. TUDOR has a rich heritage of collections and continues to have wonderful watches available for us, including the Black Bay, Pelagos, and the 1926. And of course, the Royal.
The TUDOR Royal is quite befitting of the name. The aesthetic is elegant but not uptight. The line offers sport chic watches that can go either sporty or classic. And as a royal, wouldn’t you want that choice?
The Royal has the sport chic look with details that add to its appeal. The notched bezel is stylish and interesting with its alternating cut and polished grooves. The integrated bracelet is more than just the run of the mill links. This one has three wide links and 2 slim ones, for a total of five links, in stainless steel. Some models have the slim links in a different material, yellow gold, increasing the wrist appeal even more.
Speaking of the material, the Royal comes in stainless steel or stainless steel and gold. There are four size options – 41mm, 38mm, 34mm, and 28mm. The first three are meant for the men and the 28mm is meant for the ladies. (But really, a lady can wear whichever size she wants.)
The dial is very refined, no matter with option you choose. The dial options for the men’s models are black, silver, champagne and blue sunray, with diamond hour markers or without. The ladies size model has a mother of pearl dial or a black dial. It is interesting that mother of pearl is chosen for two dial sizes – the 34mm and the 28mm. That lustrous nacre is appreciated by everyone. The stand-outs for me are the 41mm men’s model with a blue dial and 28mm women’s model with a black dial.
The three-hander watch has the hours, minutes, and seconds. All models have the semi-instantaneous date in a window near the 3 o’clock. The 42mm has the semi-instantaneous day in a window at 12 o’clock. I like the full day of the week is spelled out, not abbreviated. The hours have either applied Roman numerals or diamond hour markers. Some dials with Roman numerals don’t completely omit the 3 o’clock.
A self-winding mechanical movement powers the TUDOR Royal watch. The 41mm has the Calibre 2834; the 38mm and 34mm have the Calibre 2824; and the 28mm has the Calibre 2671. All watches have a 38 hour power reserve.
Adding a TUDOR watch to your wrist line-up is an easy decision to make. These watches are created to be affordable and uncompromising. TUDOR makes it even easier with the five-year guarantee on all watches sold after January 1, 2020. No need to register the watch or maintenance checks, and the guarantee is transferable (so if you decide to hand your TUDOR Royal to your favorite cousin, the watch will still be covered). In a truly regal step (see what I did there?), TUDOR is giving an 18-month extension on the guarantee of their watches bought between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.