The name “Royal” was first used by Tudor in the 1950’s to emphasize the superior quality of their watches. In a search to revive this memorable heritage Tudor has sought out and crafted an updated model line for the “Royal”, available in 4 sizes with 9 possible dial combinations. Being announced by the brand as a “sport-chic” watch with an integrated bracelet.The cases are made of stainless-steel and com a wide variety of sizes: 28, 34, 38, and 41mm. Mounted to the case is a fluted and polished bezel, either made of steel or 18k yellow gold. This is a welcomed variation to the traditional fluted bezel found on previous Tudor model, or Rolex options, with alternating sections of fluting and polished.A distinctive notched bezel that bestows this model line with its own personality. The integrated bracelet on some options also features gold links, matching the gold bezeled versions.On the flip-side we encounter a solid steel screw-on case back. It comes equipped with a screw-down crown, engraved with the Tudor logo and a riveted edges to provide a better grip. All topped by a sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on these watches can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time can be exhibited with in various colors and other customizable options. Color wise we can choose between: black, blue, mother-of-pearl, or gold dial. A sun-ray motif is noticeably present on all these dials, except the mother-of-pearl that radiates its own characteristic qualities. It can then be had with Roman numerals, or diamond hour index markers. While circling the circumference of the dial is a rail-road motif ring of minute markers, printed in a contrasting color. In common all these models feature the same overall design with baton style central hands crafted out of steel or 18k yellow gold (depending on chosen option). These central hands have been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at 3 o’clock spot. But, only the larger 41mm model is being offered with the day-date function at the 12 o’clock position.
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The “Tudor Royal” models come equipped with differing self-winding mechanical caliber movements, conforming to each models case size. Inside the 28mm is caliber ETA 2617; the 38 and 34 models are packed with caliber ETA 2824; while the larger 41mm day-date offering is equipped by caliber ETA 2834 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to these watches is an integrated “five-link” metal bracelet, secured to the wrist by a folding-buckle. This type of bracelet design was first introduced by Tudor in 1973. It is characterized by its three wide satin-brushed links set between two slimmer polished elements. The smooth quality of the finished surfaces and edges, clearly demonstrate the level of detail Tudor has sought out to provide a comfortable wrist fit.These watches have all ready been released in Southeast Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines) and are scheduled for worldwide release in November 2020. Prices range from $2,150 to $3,925 USD, check their webpage for the full wide range of customizations. For more up to date information visit the official Tudor website here.