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Why We Love It
In looks and spirit the Reference 7944 harkens back to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, Rolex’s entry-level date model at the time. The stainless steel case is the same as those used by Rolex, as evinced by the presence of a Rolex crown. At 35mm, what once may have been considered small, is finally being recognized again for its balance and elegance on the wrist.
Far and away the most beautiful detail of these watches are the 'Honeycomb' dials. Textured dials like this one are a holdover from the times when every component of a watch was constructed by hand, or milled on a hand-powered machine. This particular type of textured dial is known as 'honeycomb' or 'waffle', due to the impression the crosshatch pattern gives.
Difficult to construct and even more difficult (if not impossible) to refinish, these have become highly prized by collectors, despite remaining at a relatively affordable price.
Wearing such a watch, and viewing how the light captures the texture of the dial—lightly touched with patina—one realizes that, although it might not bear the signature of a contemporary master, it’s no less a work of art.
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.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Tudor automatic winding movement. Tudor Reference 7944. Circa 1957.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black honeycomb dial with roulette date wheel is in excellent condition with even patina throughout, applied gold indices, matching handset and minimal lume loss. Signed crown. Case back engraving remains visible.
Includes stainless steel C&I rivet bracelet with signed clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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