Tudor remains the (in relative terms) affordable brand in the Wilsdorf stable. But both Wilsdorf brands have changed over the decades. Tudor is arguably now what Rolex was then, a maker of high quality tool watches which approximates Rolex’s former price point adjusted for inflation. Rolex, meanwhile, seems to be creating a new category of massed produced luxury (in respect of price point, at least in the grey market).
Both have improved their build quality over the years, both are now manufactures where neither used to be. Rolex’s premium position by comparison is now less about manufacturing quality in terms of functionality and durability and more about brand (probably 80% of the difference) and attention to cosmetic elements of the package.
For example, there is no convincing argument that Rolex makes a better tool watch than the Tudor Pelagos - indeed the evidence is to the contrary. But Rolex’s attention to finish and unparalleled brand appeal continue to put clear water between the brands in respect of consumer perception.
In short, the relative brand positioning remains the same and probably always will, but both brands have moved up market relative to the field, and in today’s market differentiation is no longer about manufacturing and actually little to do with the physical product at all.
The Black Bay 41 is the only of their watches that I would personally buy. It's not that I don't like some of their other watches it's just that I always feel that I could find a watch I like better for cheaper.
Iv a few Rolex and Tudor , Just look at this dial im head over heels with this Ref:
Rolex is twice the price but not twice the watch
I think that a good looking watch you’re interested in Panerol. I think Tudor original designs are not bad at all. Bigger sizes and different materials would be great. Their bronze models are bad ass. Some titaniums would be great too. Their Rolex sized, Rolex looking, dive watches are just bogus. That black bay hour hand will prevent me from ever buying. Might be the worst hour hand ever.