BlogRare vintage model steals the limelight at Tustains party to launch Tudor watches.

Rare vintage model steals the limelight at Tustains party to launch Tudor watches.

Rare vintage model steals the limelight at Tustains party to launch Tudor watches.

Tustains Jewellers hosted a champagne reception on Friday night to celebrate the arrival of Tudor watches at the Leamington store. The prestigious brand re-launched in the UK last month, and Tustains was honoured to be selected along with some of UK's finest watch retailers as a stockist. The Tudor brand was first manufactured in 1926 when Rolex decided to launch a sister watch company and Tudor watches share the same reputation and pedigree. Guests were delighted to be able to view both new and rare vintage models of the watches, sent courtesy of Tudor to Tustains to mark the special occasion.

Tom Milner, one of the owners at Tustains said "This is a wonderful watch brand with a very rich heritage. As soon as I heard they were coming into the UK I was intrigued and when I saw the products, I knew we had to be on board. We’d been planning the party for weeks, and then on the Tuesday before, I had a phone call from Tudor to say that they were sending us seven vintage models from their own archives for us to exhibit. When the delivery arrived, it included an extremely rare Marine Nationale watch from 1975. I could hardly believe it.” Joe Milner, co-director in the family business  added “It was a fantastic surprise. When our guests arrived at the Regent Street showrooms on Friday evening there was a very rare treat in store for them." 

In the 1960s and 1970s Tudor Submariners were on the wrists of the some of the most elite naval forces in the world including the French Marine Nationale, the US navy (USN) and the British navy divers. Since they were used intensely in extremely harsh conditions for many years, it is very rare that examples surviving to this day are in perfect condition. However, the relative rarity of these watches, their respective stories and the world of visions they evoke, make them a highly prized collector’s item. Marine Nationale divers sometimes used parachute belts to make their watch straps, because the elastic nature of the belt material made them both comfortable to wear and it’s easier to adjust them to fit over a diving suit. 

The new, modern Tudor collection features contrasting styles, including Heritage Black Bay and Heritage Ranger. The former offers a window into several decades of adventures in deep water. It’s icy and sharp with slender, elongated lugs, domed black dial which displays generous luminescent hour markers for perfect visibility. Imbued with the pioneering spirit of the far North and epic tales of sled dogs braving solitary frozen lands, the Heritage Ranger reinterprets the iconic models with modern touches. With a satin finish, steel parts and technical prowess, the Ranger brings back the legendary world of a bygone era. 

Tustains Jewellers were listed the prestigious WatchPro Hot 100 in 2013 for their expertise in retailing watches and welcome Tudor to their designer collection. They are also sole agents in Leamington for Breitling and Omega watches.

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