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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 79160 checks all of those boxes with a full size 40mm Oyster Case design, a 'bombproof' Valjoux 7750 automatic-winding chronograph movement, magnified acrylic crystal, a triple register 'panda' layout with black subsidiary registers and date display against a sunburst silver dial with lightly aged Tritium indices and handset.
This particular example is in untouched condition with a strong case and crispy dial paired up to a solid link Oyster bracelet with Rolex signed clasp. It also retains a partial factory caseback sticker.
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.
How can you go wrong?
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 40mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 7750 automatic-winding chronograph movement by Valjoux. Tudor Reference 79160. Circa 1995.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous sunburst silver dial with black subsidiary registers is in excellent condition with evenly patinated Tritium indices and matching handset. Partially intact factory caseback sticker. Rolex signed crown.
Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet (78360/589) with Tudor 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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