Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Tudor box and paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Tudor integrated stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from 2021 and is sold in worn, but fair condition, as you can see. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.
The Tudor trademark was first registered in 1926 by Swiss watchmaking company “Veuve de Philippe Hüther” on behalf of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex watches. Wilsdorf took it over himself in 1936. Just after the second world war, Hans Wilsdorf Founder of Rolex knew that the time had come to expand and give the Tudor brand a proper identity of its own. The Tudor Rose started to appear on their dials from this time. Thus, on 6 March 1946, he created the “Montres TUDOR S.A.” company, specialising in models for both men and women. Rolex guaranteed the technical, aesthetic and functional characteristics, along with the distribution and after-sales service. In 1948 we saw the first Tudor-specific advertising. A few years later they introduced the TUDOR Oyster Prince in 1952. Hans Wilsdorf allowed Tudor to use their waterproof Oyster case and the original self-winding Perpetual ’rotor’ movement. This was an exclusive arrangement that benefitted both brands. Development soon commenced with the introduction of the TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner, reference 7922 in 1954. This watch was quickly adopted by the French Navy in 1956. Building on their reputation of robustness in 1961 the Rose was replaced by the shield. Later in 1969, we saw the design changes in Ref. 7016 where for the first time square indexes and angular hands nicknamed “Snowflake” allowed for a greater amount of lume to be applied; this was appreciated by the divers of the French Navy. Today these innovations can be seen in the Black Bay and Pelagos collections. In 1971 Tudor introduced the Oysterdate chronographs nicknamed “Monte-Carlo” due to it resembling a roulette wheel. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 1996. In that same year, Tudor decided to shed Rolex signed components such as the cases, crowns and bracelets in favour of Tudor branded ones. Today Tudor uses their in-house movements developed initially in 2015 in collaboration with Breitling.
Here we have a 2021 Tudor North Flag Automatic 91210N with a 40mm stainless steel case. The case gently curves with a lug to lug length of 50mm and a thickness of 13mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a signed screw-down crown. The flat smooth bezel has a black outer edge. A flat sapphire crystal sits above a black dial, an outer minute chapter ring with applied luminous Arabic numerals and baton indexes marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. At 9 o’clock a power reserve indicator. Broad arrow hands are coated in the same luminance complemented by a yellow sweeping second hand. Text is precisely printed in white at 12 0’clock and 6 o’clock respectively. On the reverse, a screw-down coin-edged exhibition case back. Inside an Automatic Tudor Cal. MT5621, 28 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, chronometer-certified. The movement has a bi-directional rotor and a non-magnetic silicon balance spring, a first for Tudor. The watch comes paired with its original Tudor integrated stainless steel bracelet with a signed double fold clasp. The watch also comes with its Tudor presentation box and papers.
I'll always remember working at retail selling Tudor and struggling to get people to realise how great the North Flag was, we would see it discounted in the window and people would still not consider it. Now it's discontinued people have realised not only that this is an important reference in the Tudor history with the in-house movement, but also because it is one good looking integrated bracelet sports watch that won't have you waiting years to get one or paying 5x retail! I'd suggest snapping this up if you've been in the market for one as they don't appear often.