Wow. Modeled after the 1954 Tudor Submariner, the Heritage Black Bay diver features gilt markers and hands as well as the old “Self-Winding Rotor” text on the dial. I also like that Tudor is playing up the “snowflake” hands, perhaps most well known these days from the company’s reference 9411 watch. For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Tudor was essentially introduced as a little sister to Rolex, featuring Rolex cases but ETA movements (not in-house). They’re not available in the U.S. though — you’ll have to take a trip up to Canada for yours.
To check out other watches in the Submariner lineage, click here.
This Arillo series strap on this Sub looks AMAZING. Unfortunately just the strap costs $165.
So can you guess what I got myself as a Christmas present? Yup, a watch. (Surprise surprise). So why did I end up buying this watch, out of all of the models out there that pay tribute to the British Royal Navy-issued MilSub? Here’s why. The Commando has:
1) Key characteristics echoing the original MilSub design: sword hands, full 60 minute marked bezel (unlike the 15 minute civilian version) and circle T marker.
2) A date function, which preserves the look of the no-date MilSubs while giving me the date functionality that I like in a daily wearer.
3) A 40mm case (more accurately reflecting the original MilSub dimensions), instead of the 42mm cases of most of the other models I’ve found, which are also a bit too large for my wrists.
4) An affordable price, especially relative to other boutique brands.
5) Great customer service from Hager owner Pete Brown and his wife Brenda, which should not be left unmentioned! (Each watch is individually inspected by Pete before it’s dropped off at the post office).
Now, that’s not to say that this watch doesn’t have some shortcomings. The watch is water resistant to “only” 100m, short of the 200m dive watch minimum. The bezel is also only a 60-click bezel instead of a smoother 120. Yes, reference 5517s didn’t have white gold surrounds on dial markings, and no, the lume here won’t blow you away. But all in all, the Hager Commando is the one that has most closely hit all of the features I want (though time will tell if quality holds up in the long run). If you do run across any other nice MilSub examples, please let me know.
Interested in MilSub style without the $50,000-$100,000 price tag? Pick up one of these Commandos from Hager Watches!
For another write-up, check out Gear Journal’s coverage of the Hager Commando.
It doesn’t get any better than this. What would you rather have? One of these? Or a MilSub?
I disagree with a couple of the choices, but all in all this is a nice concise list of classic men’s watches. Please forgive me for featuring once again my favorite watch of all time (though I admit I’m not a huge fan of the Ref. 116610).
Take Navy | Free & Easy
I love everything about this page. Watches, colors, font, layout. So simple but so good. Take Ivy? How about Take Navy?
Did a quick Google search on Antique Corleone… turns out the only thing that really comes up is a Foursquare venue, haha.
Vintage Rolex Advertisement - 1972
Featuring what looks like a Reference 1680. Pretty crazy looking crystal! The Ref. 1680s still featured acrylic crystals, not sapphire, which I think explains why the crystal has only bent on not shattered. (Sapphire is harder and more scratch-resistant than acrylic but more more brittle).