Tudor 'Big Block' Chronograph

Tudor 'Big Block' Chronograph

Why We Love It 

When it comes to classifying a 'Neo-Vintage' wristwatch, we check the following criteria:

- Classic case proportions

- Mechanical Movement

- Tritium Luminous Material

- Acrylic Crystal

- Timeless Design

This Tudor 'Big Block' Reference 79180 checks all of those boxes with a full size 40mm Oyster Case design, a 'bombproof' Valjoux 7750 automatic-winding chronograph movement, a magnified acrylic crystal, a triple register sunburst silver 'panda' dial with black subsidiary registers, and a matching solid link Oyster bracelet with a blade clasp.

Gaining popularity in recent years in part due to the success of Tudor's Heritage Chronograph line, the Big Block is not only their predecessor, but also preceded its big brother - the Rolex Daytona - in having an automatic winding chronograph mechanism.

This particular example remains in absolutely phenomenal condition throughout with a near-flawless dial with evenly faded luminous material and an insanely clean case.

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The Tudor Story

Although it started as Rolex’s gateway brand, the quality of Tudor’s products are by no means inferior to Rolex’s.

Tudors were in many ways Rolexes in all but name, with the same waterproof Oyster cases and similar styling. However, in order to keep costs down, Tudor used off the shelf Swiss movements rather than their own in-house calibres. What resulted were watches that were more affordable than Rolexes to the consumer, but still uniformly tough and reliable.

Hans Wilsdorf created Tudor for the everyman, for miners, construction workers and every sort of tradesman. Rolex was meant for the explorer and the businessman, where Tudor was to be a different creature entirely. For your everyday person Rolex was, and often still is out of reach.

But in creating Tudor, Wilsdorf wanted to offer “a watch that our agents could sell at a more modest price than our Rolex watches, and yet one that would attain the standards of dependability for which Rolex is famous."

Today Tudor has certainly defeated any impression of being the redheaded stepchild of the Rolex family, and their current timepiece collection – as well as their vintage counterparts – are getting the recognition and respect they most rightfully deserve.


SKU: AS5491

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown and pushers). Calibre 7750 automatic-winding chronograph movement by Valjoux. Tudor Reference 79180. Circa 1993.

Overall Condition: The case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light wear from gentle use. Luminous sunburst silver Tritium 'panda' dial is in equally outstanding condition with evenly patinated indices and matching handset. Rolex signed crown.

Includes stainless steel solid link Oyster bracelet (78360/589) with Tudor signed clasp.

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