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Why We Love It
The Reference 7950 exudes a refined air that makes it the perfect choice for a dapper man about town. It’s known by collectors as a “Tuxedo” Oyster Prince, due to the black dial surrounded by a silver chapter ring. A recent appearance in the fifth season of AMC’s seminal 1960s drama Mad Men solidified the “tuxedo’s” position among horological royalty.
This particular tuxedo boasts a dial with a fine stippling of patina to the dial, particularly the outer chapter ring. A svelte 34mm case means that it would slip easily under the French cuff of a suit. Just imagine the sighs of delight when the cuff slips up and that rose on the dial is revealed.
Roger Sterling would be proud.
When Rolex launched the Tudor Oyster Prince in the 1950s, founder Hans Wilsdorf (who also founded Rolex) intended the watch to be worn by the everyman.
Before the watch’s release, Tudor subjected six Oyster Princes to a “Trial of Destruction” in which a construction worker wore them—one after the other—while operating a jackhammer. After passing each trial, the Prince was heralded with ad campaigns showing construction workers and miners hard at work with watches proudly strapped to their wrists. The watch also saw real-world experience in the harsh environs of the Arctic, with the British North Greenland Expedition, drawing the “extreme admiration” of the men who wore them.
If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, we don’t know what is.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). Reference 7950.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with some signs of use and wear in keeping with age. Dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including overall patina. Rolex crown. Case back has some signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 18mm black leather strap.
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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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