The Heritage Ranger is one of Swiss watch brand Tudor’s most popular watches. Simple, sleek, and powerful, this watch is based on an old Tudor military-style that gained popularity in the 1960s as a quality tool watch. A brand new model of this watch will cost you close to three thousand dollars, so if you like the look but don’t want to shell out this amount, there are other brands with models that were either inspired by the Ranger or have a similar style, but without the hefty price tag.
In this article, we’ll feature some great alternatives to the Tudor Heritage Ranger. One by one, we’ll talk about their features and give some brief background on the brands as well.
The Tudor Heritage Ranger was inspired by the iconic Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger, which first came out in the 1960s, and stayed on the brand’s catalog until 1988. You can read more about its evolution here.
A robust and stylish 41mm watch, the Tudor Heritage Ranger has a black dial and a number of strap versions (stainless steel, bund leather, brown leather, camouflage, and burgundy fabric).
Equipped with caliber 2824 (self-winding mechanical) movement, this watch has a power reserve of 38 hours and is waterproof to 150m. Other features include a stainless steel bezel with a satin finish, a screw-down crown, and a domed sapphire crystal completing the vintage aesthetic.
The watch has a classic look of a field watch. It was an instant hit when it was first introduced in Baselworld—watch experts praise its simplicity and point out that the watch is an excellent tribute to a vintage model.
In no particular order, below are some of the watches that we think are excellent alternatives to the Tudor Heritage Ranger.
Tudor Heritage Ranger Affordable Alternatives
Seiko SARG 011
Japanese brand Seiko is a respected brand that produces high-quality and affordable watches. The SARG 011 is similar to the Tudor Heritage Ranger in terms of the field watch look—the numbers and markers are bold and legible, and the painted hour markers have a classic vintage style.
The 40mm Seiko SARG 011 has a black dial, luminous hands and hour markers, a date display at 3 o’clock, and a curved scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It’s water-resistant to 100m and has a 50-hour power reserve. Simple yet stylish, it has a black leather strap with a deployant clasp.
If you’re looking for something that’s equally stylish but has a friendlier price tag, this is an excellent watch to consider.
Laco Spirit of St. Louis
Laco is a German watchmaker known for its pilot watches and chronographs. The brand has been a well-known producer of aviator watches that are not only stylish but also precise.
The Laco 1925 men’s cockpit watch is an aviator-style watch with a black PVD-coated case and stainless steel bezel, sapphire crystal, and luminous hands and hour markers. Equipped with a Japanese automatic movement, this 42mm watch has a casual nylon band and a small seconds hands at 12 o’clock.
One possible downside of this watch is that it’s only water-resistant to 50m, so while it can handle some minor splashes, you can’t use it water activities, like swimming.
Hamilton Men’s H68551833 Khaki Field
Hamilton has been around for more than a century and continues to enjoy popularity today. One of its most popular watch models is the Khaki Field line. This collection is composed of rugged, army style watches that you can take with you to adventures or simply as an everyday watch. To see the different styles and models, check out the Hamilton website here.
This 38mm Hamilton Men’s Khaki field watch has a stainless steel case with an anti-reflective sapphire dial. There are 12 and 24 hour time markers, luminous hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock.
If you’d like to learn more about Hamilton watches, you can also check out our article on other top Hamilton watches here.
Glycine Incursore Automatic Stainless Steel
Based in Bienne, Switzerland, Glycine is a watch manufacturer that was founded in 1914.
This Glycine Incursore watch is crafted from sandblasted stainless steel and has a genuine leather strap. Like the Tudor Heritage Ranger, this has legible hands and markers, but take note that this does not have illumination.
The case, however, is big at 46mm. The band is a brown genuine leather strap, and there is a 38-hour power reserve. Other important features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Arabic numeral and index hour markers, and water resistance to 200m.
Sinn is a German watch company founded in 1961 by a pilot, who sold pilot chronographs and navigation clocks. Today, the brand continues to produce durable and accurate watches used by professionals like pilots, divers, and policemen.
Having a clean design and legible markers the German-made Sinn 556A is a sporty and elegant watch that’s a great alternative to the Heritage Ranger.
This watch, which has a self-winding mechanism, has a 38.5mm stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal glass in front (and an anti-reflective crystal on both sides), a matte black dial, and hour/minute luminescent markers. You can choose from a wide array of straps for this watch, such as alligator leather, calfskin, horsehide, and cowhide.
If you would like to learn more about the brand, you can check out this article that we wrote about German watch brands.
Sinn 856 Pilot Watch
Slightly bigger at 40mm, the Sinn 856 watch is packed with technologies that Sinn is known for, like the Tegiment technology, which makes the watch scratch-resistant; and the Ar-Dehumidifying technology (you can read more about it here), which prevents fogging.
The case is made of bead-blasted stainless steel, the crown is screwable, and there is a date window at 4 o’clock. This model has a sapphire crystal glass and a matte black dial, which has very clear readability: the large numerals, hands, and indices are all coated with luminescent color.
The thing that makes this watch unique is the Magnetic Field Protection of up to 80,000 A/m, which will be very useful to pilots. You can read more about the technology here.
Longines Conquest Black Dial Automatic
Longines is a Swiss watchmaker that has been around since 1832. The brand is known for its luxury watches, so if you’re looking for a Tudor Heritage Ranger alternative that’s still luxurious but not as expensive, this is a good brand to consider.
This Longines Conquest Automatic is a 43mm automatic watch with a stainless steel case and bracelet (with a deployment buckle), a sapphire crystal with layers of anti-reflective coating, and a water resistance of up to 300m. There is a date window at 3 o’clock, and the applied markers are powered by Super Luminova for excellent readability.
To learn more about the brand, you can visit this article that we wrote, which talks about its history, as well as its diverse watch collections. See our list of best Longines watches here.
Ball Engineer Master II
Ball watch company is an American brand that makes Swiss-made timepieces. The company is known for producing Railroad watches, which are inspired by machines, engineers, and conductors.
The Ball Engineer Master II Grand Central Terminal is a 44mm stainless steel wash with a black dial, silver-tone hands, Arabic number markers, and a screw-down crown that has a patented crown protection system. This watch is only water-resistant to 50m.
One unique feature about this watch (and the one aspect of the watch that has received mixed reviews) is the big date window at 12 o’clock. Unlike most of the watches on this list, the window bigger—more legible, but may not be for those who want minimalist date window position.
Archimede Pilot Watch
Archimede is a German brand that has been around for more than 90 years, making automatic and hand-wound watches, which are all made in-house in Germany.
The brand is popular for the Archimede Pilot watch, a 42mm stainless steel watch with a leather band, screw-down case back, sapphire crystal, and a big black dial with luminous hands and indexes. The watch is water-resistant to 50m.
The design is clean and legible, designed for pilots or anyone whose job requires to easily and quickly read the time. The minimalist Archimede branding is on the case, and the black leather strap has one rivet on each side.
Pre-owned Tudor Ranger
If a brand new Tudor Heritage Ranger is too expensive, you can also opt for second-hand models found on some sites.
This page on eBay, for example, has pre-owned models, as well as vintage Tudor Rangers.
If you’d like to learn more about Tudor’s history and collections, you can also check out this article that we wrote about the brand. We also have a piece that gives alternatives to another popular model—the Tudor Pelagos (check it out here).