Baselworld 2018: Tudor’s Affordable New Watches Revive a Forgotten Watch Dial Design

Who doesn’t love waffles?

Baselworld, the biggest watch event of the year, is happening now at the Messe Basel in Basel, Switzerland. We’ve got a team on the ground, there to bring you the most exciting releases. Follow our coverage here, and also be sure to check out Instagram. We’ll be posting to our feed throughout the week.

Verdict: Tudor’s tool watches have been in the limelight for years (especially as the brand continues to build up the Black Bay lineup), but its Style collection has always offered a solid, well-finished dress watches at reasonable prices. While the brand isn’t updating the Style lineup this year, it is adding the 1926 collection that is very much in line with the Style lineup.

Like the Style, the 1926 is one of the few Tudor watches to opt for an ETA ébauche movement (the workhorse 2824) in place of an in-house engine, thus keeping the price low. That’s okay because the draw with the 1926 watches is the finishing. Most notably, the domed dial features a “waffle” pattern, a call-back to early Tudor watches and a decidedly old-school touch that feels unique today. The watch can be configured with either a black, silver or opaline dial, steel or two-tone cases and bracelets and come in four different sizes: 28mm, 36mm, 29mm and 41mm.

Who It’s For: Like a lot of Baselworld pieces, this could easily serve double duty as a casual and dress watch. Given the vast amount of options Tudor is offering up in case sizes and color options, this will be a watch that will suit a lot of different men and women.

Key Features: Waffle dial. Available steel and rose gold two-tone. Water-resistant to 100 meters.

Size: 41mm, 39mm, 36mm and 28mm

Movement: ETA 2824 automatic

Release Date: TBD

Price: ~$1,690+ (1,600+ CHF)

Learn More: Here

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