Rolex and Tudor are basically the only watch brands left that don’t share information with press ahead of time and successfully prevent major releases from leaking well in advance of launch. That means that even those of us at HODINKEE HQ get to be surprised and excited on days like today, when both watchmakers dropped their 2021 collections as a part of Watches & Wonders. And boy were we surprised. After loads of chatter and speculation online, both brands stayed true to their respective identities, giving us watches that feel both familiar and foreign at the same time.
So for the first of our daily Watches & Wonders First Look podcasts, I got Ben and Jack into the virtual studio to hash out all the new releases from both Rolex and Tudor. We get into what we think about each of the big drops (like this and this), what we’ve learned about Rolex and Tudor as a result of today’s news, and what surprised us each the most. Did anyone have money on a two-tone Explorer I (and a 36mm version, no less)? Absolutely not. Who was betting on Tudor dropping a pair of precious metal dive watches with sapphire casebacks? Anyone?