How Tudor makes its iconic dive watchesBack to News & Exhibitions
Making a Tudor watch today holds many similarities to that of the construction of Rolex watches. Each are highly renowned for their functionality, class, and reliability over a lifetime. The challenge of creating an accurate and highly-reliable timepiece while maintaining an affordable price is one accepted by both, but in this article, we delve a little deeper into how Tudor makes its iconic dive watches.
The main parts that make up Tudor’s current selection of watches are manufactured offsite at a facility several miles from their Geneva headquarters. Many great many operations, including assembly, R&D, and quality control take place right in the heart of Geneva. We would expect nothing less from a top-quality Swiss watch maker.
Firstly, Tudor’s in-house caliber MT5602 is used, and this technology currently is the power source behind many of the models within the Tudor watch lineup. Along the process, the dial and other parts are inspected meticulously; quality control is built into each stage of the manufacturing process. If there is an issue at this stage, then the item is sent back before it moves to the next step.
A machine is used to find the specific midnight position on watches, along with a date function, before they allow the hands to be fitted. The crown is then turned until the date jumps. The noise that occurs as a result of this date jump stops the revolution of the crown, which then allows the machine to return slowly to the specific midnight position. Once this process is finished, the hands are fitted in the midnight position by another machine.
The next stage involves a technician performing a manual check on the hands. The crown is turned to bring the hands up to the 12 position, and if they both point straight at 12 then it’s a success and the hands are turned to 6. If they both form a straight line, then the watch has passed the test and is ready to move onto the next stage.
Next, the movement is fitted into the case and secured on the perimeter of the movement with some screws. At this stage the watch needs to be checked for any dust particles, then once the case backing is put into place and the watch is completed, they need to test the alignment of the hands a final time to ensure that they still line up correctly at the cardinal hours.
After the casement, it’s time to ensure the watch is water resistant. This is achieved through a multistep process that begins with placing around 100 watches into a sealed, high-pressure water bath.
Large droplets of ice cold water are then applied to each watch’s sapphire crystal. The test is as follows: if the glass remains clear, then no water has entered, which means it’s water resistant. However, if it begins to cloud up, then this means it has failed the test. Only the watches that successfully pass this test transition on to the next step.
The final step involves adding straps. Tudor technicians do this via a machine that speeds the process up without taking any unnecessary risks of scratches on the bracelet strap or case.
So there you have it. The process of creating a Tudor watch is a precise one, and you can see why they are such high-quality, longstanding timepieces and a brilliant investment.