HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mechanical Watches of the Year, Tudor North Flag

Finally a chance to see one of the two new in-house movements from Tudor (the MT5612 in the Highly Commended Sports Watch of the Year Tudor Pelagos is covered by a steel caseback) with its tough, explorer watch, the North Flag.

The MT5621 wears its purposeful credentials with sandblasted matte finishes and sunray brushing used rather than traditional, elegant decoration. The COSC-certified automatic movement features a bidirectional rotor with 70 hour power reserve.

Hour, minutes and hacking seconds feature on the dial via central hands with an off-centre power reserve indicator at the nine o’clock balanced out by a date aperture at the three o’clock.

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A round bezel of satin stainless steel and matte black ceramic sits proud of the 40mm monobloc case’s square shoulders giving the watch a distinctive, sporty appearance. As with the Pelagos, Tudor has produced a highly specced watch with in-house movement without allowing its prices to wander upwards. The association with Rolex may never completely disappear but in 2015 Tudor became a brand with its own clear voice.



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