The first watches under the company named Montres Tudor SA appeared in 1946 with the (final) company name itself also registered that same year, but the birth of Tudor as a concept had occurred much earlier. In 1926, the invention of the hermetic Rolex “Oyster” case was put to the ultimate test on the wrist of Mercedes Gleitze while she swam across the English Channel. And it was in the same year that the Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf registered “The Tudor” as a brand, with the idea of offering a more accessible option to the already prestigious timepieces with the five‑point crown as an emblem. The Tudor 1926 collection is named in honour of the year in which Hans Wilsdorf planted the seed of Tudor. Its aim is to be a summary of all the qualities that have identified Tudor since the beginning, with high value remaining a priority.

Tudor 1926 with Black Dial, Steel Bracelet
Tudor 1926 with black dial, steel bracelet

Even with its more elegant style, the Tudor 1926 watches retain the sturdy construction and excellent finishing that the brand is known for. The dials are a nod to the designs of the classic Tudor Prince of yesteryear, with engraved “waffle” dials – this design cue has been taken up, together with the bulging shape that evokes the famous Prince. The dials are available in various iterations – black, opaline or silver. Applied Arabic numerals are used for the even numbers, with either triangular indexes or diamond-set markers representing the odd numerals and there is a calendar window at 3 o’clock.

Tudor 1926 with Opaline and Blue Dial, Steel Bracelet
Tudor 1926 with opaline dial, steel bracelet

Robust and reliable, its automatic movement offers a power reserve of up to 38 hours. The presence of this automatic calibre is announced on the dial as it was with the Tudors of past times – the legend “Rotor Self-Winding” is printed with a slight curvature in a style that has been christened by collectors as a “smile” dial.

A metal bracelet is the norm in the Tudor 1926 collection. Constructed of seven-piece links, the bracelet offers great suppleness and comfort whilst remaining quite sturdy, with its elegant aesthetic emphasised by the alternation between satin and polished finishes. The 1926 collection is available in full steel or combined steel-and-gold, as well as in four sizes: 28, 36, 39 and 41mm.

Tudor 1926 with Diamond-set Dial, Pink Gold Bezel and Pink Gold Bracelet
Tudor 1926 with diamond-set dial, rose gold bezel and bracelet in steel and rose gold

Technical Specifications

Movement

Self-winding Calibre 2824, or Calibre 2671 (for the 28mm version only); hours, minutes and seconds; 38-hour power reserve

Case

28, 36, 39 or 41mm stainless steel or steel and rose gold; water-resistant to 100m

Strap

Matching metal bracelet

Tudor 1926 with Black Dial, Steel Bracelet