Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog

The season of Dads and Grads has arrived and both of these events present perfect opportunities to give the gift of time — in the form of a wristwatch, of course. Even better, we have watches to suit all budgets and all types of fathers and graduates.


Not only are watches a constant reminder to the wearer that you took the time and effort to find the right gift, but also they will think of you each time they glance at their wrist. Additionally, some watches have casebacks that are perfect for engraving a special, heartfelt message.

Maybe the college graduate in your life would like a sporty watch, or has an eye on something a little more dressy, but still casual enough to be worn to work? Perhaps that father of yours — or the father of your children — has a hobby that would be a perfect fit for a chronograph, a water watch or an aviation watch?

Whichever the case, we have the right watch for you, so please stop in and see us soon and we can help to steer you in the right direction, while you buy with confidence.


This year, Tudor celebrates 60 years of diver's watches, and with that the brand unveils the new Heritage Black Bay diver in stainless steel. Powered by the Manufacture Caliber MT5612, this watch marks the first time that a date function has been added to the Black Bay family.

The 41mm case of the watch is built in stainless steel, and the rotating bezel is machined from steel and then given a circular matte-brushed finish. The bezel features a red triangle, as does the winding crown. In addition to a domed dial, the watch is fitted with angular snowflake hands, typical of the watches of the 1970s.

The movement offers 70 hours of power reserve and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). A  COSC-certified chronometer, the watch is water resistant to 200 meters and is offered with either a riveted bracelet, aged leather strap or green fabric strap.


This year at BaselWorld 2016, Tudor has unveiled the new Heritage Black Bay Bronze — a 43mm mechanical diver's watch. While it won't be in the store until late spring, we want to bring you a sneak peek at the watch that is inspired by the brand's rich heritage.


The 43mm aluminum-bronze alloy case, with bronze-colored PVD steel case back, and bronze unidirectional rotating bezel, recalls the bronze of historic ships and diving equipment. The brushed finished alloy guarantees a subtle and unique patina, and is accented by a chocolate brown dial and bezel with gold and beige accents.

It is equipped with the brand’s in-house movement, MT5601, which was developed for this watch. It offers 70 hours of power reserve, and is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Each watch comes with a brown and beige woven strap with center yellow thread, inspired by a parachute strap found on an original period watch.


Tudor, a brand we are pleased to carry in our stores, has a rich history in diving, exploration and 20th century expeditions. The brand’s North Flag collection recalls those activities thanks to its rugged style and new movement.


The watches in this collection are 40mm timepieces crafted of a monobloc stainless steel middle case and sapphire crystal and caseback. The watch features a screw-down crown to offer water resistance to 100 meters. There are two versions in the line, one with a solid steel bracelet (with satin-finished link surfaces) and the other with a matte black leather strap with yellow stitching and lining.


A technical advancement, the Manufacture movement MT5621 was developed in house. Visible via a sapphire caseback, the movement of this watch instrument depicts a finished caliber with sand blasting and sunray details. We invite you in any time to see the North Flag line and the other distinguished Tudor collections.


Recently, Tudor announced the unveiling of the all-new Heritage Black Bay Black, joining the Black Bay line that was first started in 2012 and that won the Revival prize at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. The initial burgundy Black Bay version was followed by a navy blue Black Bay and now the brand adds the much-coveted black model.


The Black Bay draws inspiration from a number of Tudor’s vintage submariners, in general, and from Tudor’s very first dive watch, Ref. 7922 released in 1954, in particular. The watch features a big winding crown and the iconic "snowflake" hands that were the hallmark of the Tudor submariners released from 1969 through the early 1980s.

The vintage design elements are combined with modern-day features, such as the 41mm case, colored anodized aluminum crown tube and strap/bracelet options. As with the other Black Bay releases, purchasers will have two strap options, brushed stainless steel or distressed leather with folding clasp.


An additional black woven strap is included in all purchases, as well. Stop in and check it out.


Earlier this year in BaselWorld, Tudor introduced its in-house-made movement and unveiled the new North Flag Tool watch. Now, just in time for summer, we welcome the new Blue Pelagos Diver, housing the same movement. This represents the brand’s first ever Manufacture movement, the MTS621. The new Blue color scheme for the dive watch, along with blue bezel and blue rubber strap, reinforces the brand’s emblematic color for dive watches since the 1960s. The dive watch is COSC-certified chronometer and is crafted in a 42mm titanium case with a steel case back, and bezel with blue matte ceramic disk. It is water resistant to 500 meters.

TUDOR  United SportsCar Championship at the Lone Star Le Mans

This past weekend was a great one for racecar lovers. While it was a rainy Saturday in Austin, Texas, the wet weather didn’t’ stop anyone from getting out to The Circuit of the America’s — one of the best auto racing venues in North America — for the Tudor United Sportscar Championship.

And, at the first-ever night race at COTA – the Lone Star Lemans — Scott Pruett in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing entry took the third win of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season for the team. (The race is the only U.S. appearance of the FIA World Endurance Championship.)


TUDOR is actively involved in auto racing and this year marks the first official year of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. This series combines two previously separate races — the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Road Racing — under one umbrella managed by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The combined schedule now boasts 12 stops. For Tudor, the move into auto racing in America was a natural fit. The brand’s older sibling, Rolex, has been involved in the sport for more than half a century – and is especially known for its involvement in Daytona.

We carry a host of Tudor watches, but the one that most reflects the world of auto sports is the TUDOR Grantour Chrono Fly-Back. The entire Grantour line is devoted to motor sports, but this watch is the flagship in that arena. It allows consecutive time intervals to be measured rapidly thanks to its on-the-fly chronograph reset and instant restart functions. The 42mm case features a small seconds hand counter at 9:00 that is set in a background motif reminiscent of automobile transmission belts. If you love auto racing, you’ll love TUDOR. Stop in and see the line.