Tudor North Flag Review
A watch that divides from the get-go. It’s not for everybody but it was love at first for me.
With a baffling array of types and styles available to purchase the simplicity of the Tudor North Flag stood out to me.
How about the price? I paid £2400 but its current list price is at £2800 on the bracelet or £2720 on the strap. I got the discount simply by asking as I had read online most places will give around 10% discount no problem.
Modern and stylish the Tudor North Flag is bold yet simple, striking and simplistic all rolled into one. It has Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 with applied markers elsewhere. At the 9 o’clock sits perhaps most talked about design cue the power reserve indicator with accents of yellow.
I love it, the power meter is a nice touch. With an industry-leading 70-hour power reserve and maybe one the first power meters to feature on a Tudor Rolex family watch it’s designed to grab attention.
That 70-hour power reserve, however, does not come from an ETA or other off the shelf calibre though. It is the Tudor MT5621, MT meaning Manufacture Tudor, yes it is an in house movement for Tudor. It has a sapphire case back also. Although the movement is not anything special to look at it is far from basic in performance. With a silicone hairspring, a free-sprung balance, date and power reserve complications. It is in COSC spec and my example runs at -1 seconds per day. North Flag thickness is 13.3mm but it sits close to the wrist I find although a couple of mm less would always make it look sleeker.
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- 40mm Diameter
- 70-hour power reserve
- Date function
- Automatic Chronometer COSC
- Elegant style
Why I chose the North Flag
I’m pretty new watches in general. I always wanted a nice automatic, I went and looked at an open heart Hamilton a few years ago. However when I got to the shop the watch was a major let down for me, it just looked cheap (was around £400 at the time). Fast forward a few years and I got the itch again! Whilst doing some googling for a good first automatic I came across the Seiko 5 and ordered one. In the same post, the guy said he had his eye on the North Flag so I googled it. I fell in love instantly and the watch was mine 3 days later. I had never even heard of Tudor so when I did some research on the brand and seen it was a sister of Rolex so to speak that put any doubts to bed.
6 months on and I still adore it, this watch will be with me for life. Although it has taken a bit of a beating! I mean it is a tool watch after all though right?
I’m kind of hoping that when it comes to service time Tudor can clean it up while maintaining the sharp angular lines and bold striking look I love it for. It came on a short trip to Muscat, Oman with me read about it in my blog post just click the bold text.