Tudor Heritage Advisor

In 2011, Tudor revisited its 1957 alarm watch, the Advisor, releasing a modern interpretation of the timepiece with a 42mm steel and titanium case. Earlier this year, the Genevan based company unveiled the Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref 79620TC equipped with a mouthwatering Cognac dial.

This detailed review of the Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref 79620TC includes live images, specification details and pricing.

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I have just enjoyed spending a couple of days with my teenage son. He passed his driving test some months ago, and has now been driving solo for several months. However, this was the first time I had sat in the front passenger seat and observed his driving skills at close quarters. I was profoundly impressed with his consummate skill, watching him negotiate his Volkswagen Polo down country lanes with notable aplomb.

One benefit of being middle aged is having experience. Over the years I have spent a colossal amount of time behind the wheel of a car. On occasion, I have miscalculated a situation and suffered the indignity of a collision. Nevertheless, thirty years of motoring experience does accord a modicum of insight.

However, I have also learnt that successful parenting requires the diplomatic skills of a peace envoy. On one hand I want to impart nuggets of information to mitigate the risk of a motoring accident. Conversely, I don’t wish to lessen confidence or cause ill-feeling. Sage advice has to be imparted with great care and at the most opportune moment. I am reminded of this fact when I consider the Tudor Heritage Advisor. This timepiece alerts its wearer when required, but also knows when to remain silent.

The dial

The Tudor Advisor is very much part of the brand’s history, harking back to 1957, when the Swiss watch company launched the first iteration of the model. This timepiece was presented with a 34mm case and silver toned dial and was the maison’s first foray into alarm watches.

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In 2011, Tudor released a version of the Advisor in a larger 42mm case size, appealing to modern tastes but sharing a similarly hued face. This year, 2016, the Genevan based watch company has unveiled a new dial colour, ‘Cognac’. While, I appreciate the silver and black dial options offered, it is the mellow notes of the Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref 79620TC (cognac version) which stands out as my preferred choice.

The mild-tempered character of the Cognac may possibly appeal to me on some subliminal level owing to its unusual autumnal shade, reminiscent of my favourite French tipple. Nevertheless, beyond its tonal likeness to my guilty pleasure, this timepiece overflows with numerous virtues, making it a tempting ownership proposition.

Silvery Dauphine hands articulate the prevailing hours and minutes with becoming efficiency. Their faceted surfaces ensnare light, ensuring that at least one facet of each hand glistens at any moment. A narrow slither of luminescent material graces each hand, heightening the prospect of being seen in restricted light. The silver central sweep seconds hand eschews luminescent treatment, assuming a deferential role to its older siblings, hours and minutes.

The alarm hand employs a flush-faced mien, augmenting visibility. Its profile does not taper, remaining uniform in width. A short distance from the tip of the hand is a red triangular section heightening the visibility of the potential alarm time.

This is a fascinating dial to behold.

Applied Arabic numerals are positioned at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock. Their silvery forms flirt with ambient light. Faceted, applied batons are located at 1, 2, 4, 8, 10 and 11 o’clock and evince a graceful appearance, courtesy of their lengthy profiles. By way of contrast, square, pyramid-like applied indexes reside at 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12 o’clock. Seldom have hour markers proved so captivating. Indeed, Tudor has expertly employed different styles to eye-catching effect, bestowing a sumptuous quality to the dial.

A spherical power-reserve indicator for the alarm is positioned adjacent 3 o’clock. A red crescent-shaped marking interfaces with a triangular index to show the available energy stored within the spring barrel.

Above 6 o’clock, a snailed subdial delivers the date in circular form, employing a sole faceted hand. At its heart, the historical nomen, ‘ADVISOR’, is proclaimed. A rectangular aperture at 9 o’clock succinctly shows the status of the alarm, which is armed and disabled by pressing the pusher at 8 o’clock.

An aspect of the dial which increases potential ownership delight relates to the array of surface treatments employed. The central dial area is described as ‘opaline’, the hour track is adorned with a ‘satin sunbrush’, the date display is snailed and the outer flange, sporting neat silver strokes, is delivered with a sandblasted finish. While Tudor has employed an array of finishes, a selection of different hour markings and various hand styles, everything coalesces wonderfully.

The case

The 42mm diameter case is composed of both steel and titanium parts. This fusion of metals confers a comparatively low mass, providing a pleasing wrist feel. Moreover, the benefit of using titanium is that it accentuates the sound of the alarm.

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The alarm is not very loud and I doubt it would awaken me from one of my comatose slumbers, however, it does deliver sufficient volume during the day to prove a capable aide-mémoire. Furthermore, the alarm causes the watch to vibrate, improving the likelihood of being noticed.

Gracing the right hand side of the case are two crowns. The upper crown, positioned at 2 o’clock and marked ‘Advisor’, winds the alarm and is used to set the alarm time. The lower crown, adjacent 4 o’clock and marked with Tudor’s rose motif, is used to wind the mainspring, set the time and change the date indication.

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Tudor has tastefully blended highly polished surfaces, for example those found on the bezel and case band, with satin finished treatment evidenced with the upper flanks of the lugs. The resultant aesthetic is supremely handsome.

The Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref 79620TC is available on an alligator strap, however, the watch I wore was delivered on a very practical 3-rows steel bracelet with folding clasp. Irrespective of whether the purchaser chooses a strap or bracelet version of this watch, they also receive a second strap, presented in a muted black shade.

The movement

The Tudor Heritage Advisor contains the Calibre 2892 (ETA based), equipped with an in-house Tudor alarm module. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 31 jewels. The movement has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.

Despite Tudor modestly locating the movement behind a solid caseback, the Calibre 2892 is delivered with an oscillating mass adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. Furthermore, the movement is adorned with circular graining (or perlage) both on the movement base and the alarm module. I am left feeling that, despite the wearer not seeing these virtues, Tudor’s desire to practise mechanical probity is clearly manifest.

Closing remarks

Tudor has looked over its shoulder, referenced a model from yesteryear and distilled it into a tasteful timepiece applicable to today’s watch buyer. The dial displays an array of information beyond hours, minutes and seconds. The alarm power-reserve indicator, circular date display and alarm status display increase the inventory of dial functions, yet, amazingly, the display never appears overcrowded.

Another triumph of the dial is the marriage of dial components. Although Tudor has imbued the dial with an array of differently styled hour markers and various surface treatments, everything coexists harmoniously. Furthermore, and most pertinently, this is a dial which is simple to read, conversing with lucid communication.

The 42mm diameter case treads a well-worn, middle of the road path, offering broad appeal to a large cross section of would-be wearers. Its blend of steel and titanium confers a low mass, making it very comfortable to wear as well as accentuating the sound of the alarm.

However, it is the dial colour which I feel compelled to return to. The Cognac dial provides a practical backdrop for presenting the various aforementioned indications while bestowing a glorious appearance I doubt I would ever tire of admiring. Quite simply, it is gorgeous. Additionally, Cognac provides a touch of symbolism. The famous alcoholic beverage is the result of patience, skill and knowledge. Its creation is the fruitful conclusion of wisdom acquired with age, a trait this watch manifestly demonstrates by mechanically knowing when to advise and when to remain quiet.

Technical specification

  • Model: Tudor Heritage Advisor 
  • Reference: 79620TC
  • Case: Stainless steel & titanium; diameter 42.00 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date; alarm power-reserve indicator; date; alarm.
  • Movement: Calibre 2892 with exclusive Tudor alarm module, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 31 jewels; Power reserve 32 hours.
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp. Also supplied with silk strap and buckle as standard.
  • Price: £4,160 (RRP as at 11.9.2016)

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