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Why We Love It
When it comes to classifying a 'neo-vintage' wristwatch, we look for the following criteria:
- Classic case proportions
- Mechanical Movement
- Tritium Luminous Material
- Acrylic Crystal
- Timeless Design
This Tudor 'Big Block' Reference 79170 checks all of those boxes with a full size 39mm Oyster Case design, 'bombproof' Valjoux 7750 automatic winding chronograph movement, richly patinated indices and handset, magnified acrylic crystal, and a triple-register matte 'reverse panda' dial.
Gaining popularity in recent years in part due to the success of Tudor's new Heritage Chrono 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 is in excellent condition throughout with evenly faded luminous material and a strong case - it even includes a Tudor-signed bracelet.
Quality examples such as this one are being snapped up quicker than ever, so don't wait - the time is now to scoop up neo-vintage masterpieces like this one!
Though Tudor has been, from its inception, the gateway brand to horological behemoth Rolex, it's made strides in distinguishing itself. Foremost is aesthetics, with Tudor models with a more sporty, athletic flavor than their ofttimes staid Rolex counterparts. And despite the rugged exterior, Tudor is no slouch in the technical department, achieving horological distinctions sometimes decades ahead of their parent company.
In the Rolex/Tudor stable, the Daytona commands a great deal of respect, remaining one of the most well-known and sought-after Rolex lines. But while Rolex was still filling their watches with hand-cranked units well into the 1980s (and didn't conceive of an in-house chronograph movement until 2000), Tudor was rolling out chronographs driven by automatic Valjoux drivetrains - a fact that is all too often overlooked when the conversation veers toward collectible vintage chronographs.
The 'Big Block', which was released in 1974, marked an impressive leap for Tudor, largely due to the introduction of the Valjoux 7750 Automatic movement. In addition to bringing the perk of self-winding technology to Tudor's popular line, the new drivetrain included an hour register and a quick-set date, features that made the watch more functional and more enjoyable to wear.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Tudor Reference 79170. Valjoux Caliber 7750 Automatic Chronograph Movement. Circa 1992.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition, with sharp, thick lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Bezel is in excellent condition. Luminous black 'reverse panda' dial is in excellent condition with light even patination. Luminous handset shows matching patinat. Signed Trip-Lock crown.
Includes one 20mm solid link Oyster Bracelet (78360/589) with Tudor signed clasp.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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