Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tudor Fastrider

I do like this watch. Why? Because I do like the 'Mickey Mouse' or Tri-compax design chronograph. Some people are already calling it a poor man Daytona, but I think it can stand on its own two feet. 

The Tudor Fastrider is a new line from Tudor. Yes, Tudor has had chronographs with the Tri-compax design, but it was in a different line. The Fastrider is based on the seductive high-speed world of motorcycle racing. And it can be seen in the design of the watch. Note the racing stripes on the dial.

The Fastrider features a new 42 mm case from Tudor. It has a polished and satin finish. It has a very sporty and technical look to it. It is also fitted with a sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown. All these help the watch to attain a water resistant rating of 15 ATM.

There are three things I like about the watch (other than the tri-compax design). First is the date corrector at the nine o'clock position. It is decorated with a black PVD-coated shield. Indeed a nice touch.

Secondly are the chronograph pushers. The Direct-Action Chronograph Pushers fits into the middle of the case via black PVD-coated cylinders reminiscent of motorcycle engine pistons.

Lastly I do like the Signature black Tudor fabric strap with it's three sporty stripes which continues with the stripes on the dial, giving the watch a seamless look. The watch is also available with a satin finished three piece link steel bracelet with a polished center piece and I believe there is also an option for a leather strap with a new safety catch incorporated into the folding clasp. 

Photographs: Tudor

Things I don't like? Well the dial, which is available in black, silver or white is a tad busy.

Basic specifications:

Reference: 42000
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds (9 o'clock sub-dial), chronograph (centrally mounted sweep second, 30-minute totalizer at 3 o'clock and 12-hour totalizer at 6 o'clock), date complication at 4:30 o'clock
Case: stainless steel, 42 mm diameter
Crystal: sapphire
Movement: Tudor automatic chronograph movement
Water resistant: 15 ATM

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