TUDOR Ranger: A watch for those with a sense of Adventure

On July 8th, 2022, to mark the exact date of the 70th Anniversary of the British North Greenland Expedition, TUDOR is presenting the Ranger model, a tool watch celebrating the spirit of this daring adventure.  The TUDOR Ranger, complete with its robust nature, 39mm case, and a clasp with rapid adjustment system is a watch built for those with a sense of adventure.

The Ranger model is equipped with Manufacture Calibre MT5402.  Its construction has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability, and precision due to its variable-inertia balance, which is held in place by a sturdy traversing bridge with two points of fixation. The arctic environment and the British North Greenland Expedition were perfect testing grounds for watch durability.

The British North Greenland Expedition (BNGE) was a British scientific mission, led by Commander James Simpson RN, which lasted from July 1952 to August 1954. A total of 30 men took part, though not all stayed for both years.

The purpose of BNGE was primarily to carry out scientific studies in glaciology, meteorology, geology, and physiology. Gravimetric and seismological surveys were made, and radio wave propagation was also studied from their station codenamed “North Ice”. It also provided information useful to the Armed Forces about operating in Arctic environments, and the majority of the team were serving members of various countries’ military branches. Travel over the icecap was either on foot, by dog sled, or by M29 Weasel tracked vehicles.  They braved the elements during the expedition, as temperatures below −59.4 °C (−75 °F) were recorded at their North Ice base on 16 occasions, and on 9 January 1954, a record low value of −66.1 °C (−87 °F) was recorded.  For more information on their mission and the history of the Ranger watch click here.

The History of the Ranger name dates back much further than the British North Greenland Expedition.  Although TUDOR watches used by its members from 1952 to 1954 never bore this inscription on their dials, subsequent Ranger models have perpetuated the concept of the expedition watch, a robust, practical, and affordable instrument, born at TUDOR during this time.  Come and experience the luxury, durability, and excellence of TUDOR at Tara Fine Jewelry Co; an authorized TUDOR retailer!