Harmony in Design
Now let’s talk about looks. While Tudor was registered in 1926, the same year as the Oyster case came in production, Tudor started their production in 1932 with mostly rectangular and cushion shaped wristwatches. In 1946 however, this started to change. Tudor took use of the Rolex Oyster cases and they appeared as 34mm steel manual watches. Back in the day, Tudor not only used Rolex their Oystercase, but also the watch crown featured the recognizable Rolex logo.
Even in the later days, there are still a lot of similarities between the watches from these brands. The newer Tudor models like the Black Bay often comes on a so called ‘Tudor 5 Link’ Bracelet. You probably notice that this bracelet looks awfully similar to the ‘Jubilee’ bracelet that Rolex features on, for instance their Datejust and GMT-Master models. The bezels used on their Diving watches, like the Rolex and Tudor Submariner models are also very comparable. Same goes for the Tachymeter bezel that is seen on the Rolex Daytona and the Tudor Black Bay Chrono (Baytona). Or what about the Rolex Mercedes hands, that they feature on their sport models? I would say that the iconic Tudor Snowflake hands might have gotten their inspiration from that.