Tudor Heritage Ranger
Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Tudor Heritage Ranger, a timepiece which exhibits a very masculine character reminiscent of a vintage military watch.
This detailed review of the Tudor Heritage Ranger includes live images, specification details and pricing.
There seems an innate need for many men to embrace adventure. This can, in some instances, involve the purchase of a go-anywhere four wheel drive, when the daily commute consists of a short, simple journey of just a few miles on urban roads. Waxed-jackets for city dwellers is a further example which don’t seem, on the face of it, logical.
However, pause for a moment and view these examples from another perspective. A four wheel drive is incredibly safe, offers excellent all-round visibility and has a commodious cabin. Likewise, a waxed-jacket is water proof, especially suited to shrugging off the British climate.
I am reminded of these arguments as I look at the Tudor Heritage Ranger. Its very name suggests an all-action hero persona. Moreover, with an array of strap/bracelet options, some of which exhibit a military character, at first it may seem this watch befits individuals who wish to climb a mountain, dive with hungry sharks or who choose to dwell for prolonged periods in forests equipped solely with a penknife and walking boots.
Yet, as my earlier examples indicate, there is an alternative perspective.
The black dial has a textured matt canvas, exhibiting a stealth-like quality. Indeed, wherever you look on the Ranger, there is a ubiquitous sense that this watch is ideally suited for a role in the military.
The pear shaped hour and minute hands, with the former sporting a large triangular tip, are treated with luminescent coating aiding visibility, day or night.
A red central sweep seconds hand completes the array of functions and proves to be one of the more conspicuous elements of the watch design.
The hour markers consist of Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. All remaining hours are denoted with a simple rectangular baton. An area which is particularly interesting is the way the hour markers are painted with luminescent coating. The coating is applied in such a way as to create depth, delivering a wonderful curving line to each numeral and baton.
A neat chapter ring encircles the dial making it simple to read off the prevailing hours, minutes and seconds.
The dial resembles a vintage military watch in design, granting one significant benefit, namely legibility. There can be no confusion when it comes to interpreting the time.
The covert character of the watch is reinforced with the satin treatment to the stainless steel case. There is an absence of glimmer or shine which should prove helpful for those philanderers seeking to escape the watchful eyes of suspicious partners.
Despite the masculine character of the Ranger, it eschews the excessive bulk of some testosterone infused watches. Measuring only 41mm in diameter, the case should suit a broad range of wrist sizes. Personally, I found the watch accorded a comfortable fit with all three strap options I tried. There is also a bracelet option, however, I have not worn this.
Interestingly, a bund strap, again evincing a military feel, does make the watch appear larger and may appeal to those would-be buyers seeking to be more conspicuous with their wrist attire.
My favoured option is the mid-brown leather strap supplied on a folding clasp. It appears more restrained that the other strap options and seems to share the same discreet temperament of the dial and case.
Each watch, irrespective of whether purchased on a bund strap, steel bracelet or the mid-brown leather strap is supplied with an additional camouflage fabric strap. Upholding the palpable sense of quality, this strap is woven with various coloured yarns, usurping lesser printed straps that are commonly sold.
The crown features a knurled motif which is spaced away from the caseband, according ease of adjustment. The brand’s rose logo is depicted in relief on the vertical plane of the crown.
Contrary to many of today’s mechanical watches, the case back does not feature an exhibition case back. Whilst I often enjoy seeing a mechanical movement via a sapphire crystal, the decision by Tudor to equip the watch with a solid case back does seem consistent with a military-style watch.
The self-winding movement 2824 has a frequency of 28,800 (4Hz), contains 25 jewels and has a power reserve of 25 jewels.
In producing the Heritage Ranger, Tudor has produced a watch that delivers many attributes ideally suited to civilian life for a city dweller. There is no need to don battle fatigues to enjoy the benefits of this watch.
The dial is simple to read. The case is robust and the dimensions offer universal suitability for a broad range of differing wrist sizes. Finally, with the convenience of a self-winding movement and a maximum water resistance of 150m, the Tudor Heritage Ranger is a very practical ownership proposition.
- Model: Tudor Heritage Ranger
- Ref: 79910
- Case: stainless steel; diameter 41.00mm; water resistant to 15 bar (150 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds.
- Movement: Tudor Calibre 2824, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz), 25 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Bund strap, brown leather strap with folding clasp or satin-finished steel bracelet. Additional adjustable Tudor fabric strap with buckle supplied with watch
- Price: £1940 with leather strap. £2010 with bracelet (RRP as at 5.11.2014)