Credit: Tudor

Remember the days when Rolex was a tool watch, built to withstand whatever conditions and challenges thrown at it? A time when a Rolex was the first choice of trusty wrist-wear to take with you on expeditions, exploring new frontiers and occasionally, worn with a tuxedo whilst sipping a vodka martini shaken not stirred, but on the ready with a Walther PPK in case Spectre strikes and all hell breaks loose?

Well given that those days are long gone and Rolex are now safe queens and part of the investment portfolio for the wannabe nouveau riche, and sometimes posed with and flashed for Instagram and TikTok likes, what do you do if you need a sturdy tool watch on that next rock climb? No worries. Rolex still has you covered. 

What do you mean Rolex? Yes, Rolex, but not as you know it. Tudor, the sister brand to Rolex, and often branded as a poor man’s Rolex by the uninitiated (until around the time the Black Bay surfaced) has now taken over the tool watch mantle and offers adventurers something to entrust their time keeping needs to.

Credit: Tudor

Rather than being seen as a second tier Rolex, Tudor is now standing loud and proud on its own. They’ve given the market well-built and well-engineered tool watches with a reliable COSC-certified Manufacture movement, boasting silicon hairspring and 70-hour power reserve. Tudor have muscled into a market long deserted by not just Rolex, but also Omega and Breitling, and taken over by the likes of Oris, Longines, etc.

The latest launch of the Tudor Ranger is the tool watch Tudor want you to think you can’t live without. Its simple but legible dial design is straight from the archives. The choices of bracelet and strap material give you options best suited to your needs. It is well-sized as well at 39mm (yes, there will be whingers) to ensure a good fit for most wrists. Perhaps most of all, the Ranger represents excellent value at a recommended retail price of $3,730 on strap and $4,150 on the stainless steel bracelet. 

How it looks is always a matter of taste, but given its historically accurate design, the built quality and finishing, a tough and reliable movement, all backed up by 5 years transferable warranty, it’s tough to find a better watch, at least on paper, for the money.

So, dear Tudor, we would like to put it to a test. Let us take a Ranger on an adventure and let’s find out just how tough a tool watch this is. Our resident adventurer Alex is all ready for the challenge, just say when!

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