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Heritage Chrono As the curtain calls of annual SIHH, the most exciting and expected watch model are not the one with complicated and costly watches, but the models with stylized and flashy appearance in a relatively proper and acceptable price. The Heritage Chrono Chronograph undoubted is the most popular watch model at 2010. This watch can be called as the extension of the Oysterdate in 1970s, I believe many watch fans might already see its predecessor Oysterdate Chronograph at various watch auctions, as the rising price of the Rolex Daytona, the auction price of Oysterdate Chronograph also can easily surpasses 10,000 dollars, among its counterparts in same time period, this watch model has a very great value, cause Heritage Chrono is obvious the rehash version of the old Oysterdate, so the appearance must be equivalent, only has minor changes or updates in materials use and other details. When the first time I have this watch piece in the flesh, the case and bracelet quality feeling is considerably superior, not inferior at all in any aspect compared with other chronograph watches in the same price tag, somehow even on par with its rolex brother in quality. The construction of Heritage Chrono is exactly the heritage of the classical Rolex Oyster Watch Case, the solid watch case, along with screw-down caseback, bezel and crystal, these features make this watch not just has excellent waterproof function and but also serves a long service time, once properly maintained, it can be used at least for 20 years . Only sides of the watch case are polished, the rest parts including bracelet, lug and caseback are brushed. The advantage of such design can lengthen the aesthetic look of the watch, after all, fully polished design is more like to be scratched. Besides the chronograph function, the Heritage Chrono has a bi-directional bezel with the hour markers on it. This is used as a second timezone, and is a very rare type of rotating bezel to see on chronograph watches. The watch diameter is also enlarged to 42mm from 40mm to keep up with the fashion trend of large watch. This design was retained the iconic 1970s look of the chronograph in this updated modern version of the classic and named it as 70330 considering to pay tribute to the previous 7033 which hadn’t been published officially. The same as previous Prince Date chronographs is that the crown and the pusher button are screw-in so waterproof can go up to 150m. This design, same as that of the Rolex Daytona, can ensure excellent waterproof performance, whilst crown adopted triple waterproof seals as the Rolex diver watch. In fact, many so called professional diver watches only has one waterproof seal inside the screw-down crown and tube, few have two. Among diver watches, Only Rolex and Tudor adopt tripe water-resistant seals, such thoughtful consideration we should give him a big praise. The dial maintains the same design as previous Oysterdate, but used three-dimensional hour markers which make the watch more textured and increase the luminous effect. The 45-minutes counter on 9 o’clock is same at design but put it on the 3 o’clock in Oysterdate, also the small second hand of these two models are placed in opposed way. The chronograph functions only if when the chronograph buttons are unscrewed. The distinctive crown and pushers are knurled with a chrome finish. The crown is adorned with a blue lacquered shield. There is a great improvement part of the sports watches that Tudor published recent years, the far more delicate and solid clasp. Cause the most criticized place of previous Tudor and Rolex is the crude clasp, though personally think the durability is not bad, but here we are talking about the luxury watch brand, so this kind of clasp just lowers the grade of the whole watch. So the upgraded clasp started to be employed by rolex watches, so does Tudor, this Heritage Chrono paired with a steel bracelet with folding clasp and safety catch, very easily to operate with. Cause in 1970s, the self-winding movement was just published not long, so Oysterdate still used the stable manual winding movement Valjoux 7734 although didn’t have column wheel of the time, but date adjustment was quite handy and readily, so most of the watch models at the time were using this movement. Up to these days, new released Heritage Chrono with the purpose of winding convenience, so to update to automatic winding movement, mainly the ETA 2892-A2, the upper additional layer is exclusively designed for Heritage Chrono to which the 45 minutes counter wheel set, so to accord with the 45-minutes counter used by Oysterdate. Pull out the crown one click to set the date, one further click to change the time (with hacking). While for chronograph, do not stress over to the pushers, chronograph function is rather great of this piece, second hand joggle is not obvious, compared with other ETA 2892-A2 based movement, you have to press the pusher with greater stress until finger feels pains, thus, which one is better, we may all have the answer. TUDOR HERITAGE CHRO No. 70330N-95740 Diameter 42 mm time indicator, date window and chronograph function Self-winding movement Steel case Bidirectional bezel and screw-in crown and screw-in pusher button Sapphire crystal Waterproof to 150m Steel bracelet