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50 Years of The Tudor Chronograph Part 3: The Big Block

Posted: May, 27, 2020

In 1976, the House of Wilsdorf launched its first automatic chronograph. And it wasn’t a Rolex, it was a Tudor self-winding chronograph, a full 12 years before Rolex introduced their first automatic Daytona; the Zenith-powered 16500 series in 1988. This was a real coup for Tudor and put them ahead of other chronograph manufacturers of the 1970s. In fact, it was this automatic movement that led to the watch’s nickname. The rotor and autowind mechanism of the movement meant that Tudor needed to design a new watchcase that was deeper, hence the collector term ‘Big Block’. A second aesthetic change that occurred with the Big Block was the introduction of a third chronograph register on the dial – an hour indicator. The previous two series, the Home Plates and Mote Carlos, were effectively 45-minute stopwatches, but the new watches could measure much longer periods of time. The First Three Series […]

50 Years of the Tudor Chronograph Part 2 – Destination: Monte carlo

Posted: Apr, 17, 2020

Following hot on the heels of the first series Home Plate chronographs of 1970, in 1971 Tudor launched the second series of chronographs. The flamboyant use of colour that was a signature of the Home Plates was continued with vivid tones of orange and blue dialed watches now complementing the grey and orange colour scheme that was first seen on the first series of watches. Compared to other watches in the Tudor and Rolex line-ups, these watches were both big at 40mm and eye-catching in their execution. A Tudor 7169 Monte Carlo In the second series of Chronographs the home plate style markers were replaced with more conventional rectangle shaped lume plots. The use of bright orange remained with eye-catching elements on both chronograph registers as well as on the outer seconds markers. The watches became known by collectors as Monte Carlos, as the dials resembled the roulette tables of […]

50 Years of the Tudor Chronograph – Where It All Began

Posted: Mar, 30, 2020

2020 is the second successive year in which Tudor is celebrating a golden anniversary. 2019 marked 50 years since the introduction of the snowflake hands and 2020 is the year in which the brand celebrates 50 years of the chronograph. Achieving such milestones really solidifies a brand’s established reputation and longevity, a status that is more than deserved by Tudor. Regarded by many collectors as the ‘holy grail’ of vintage Tudor, the 7031 and 7032 were Tudor’s first chronos and they have always been highly sought after due to their rarity and striking looks. The Tudor 7032 Oysterdate Chronograph with brushed steel bezel Oysterdate Chronograph   Known as the Osyterdate chronographs, references 7031 and 7032 were launched at the annual watch fair in Basel in 1970. They were daring watches and unlike anything before from the House of Wilsdorf, even in an era where brands were becoming a lot more […]

The Tudor Iconaut – The First of the GMTs

Posted: Mar, 09, 2020

The launch of the Black Bay GMT in 2018 was heralded as smash hit for Tudor, with a ‘family’ launch alongside the release of the Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master. Where the Rolex Pepsi bezel was manufactured from the 21st century ceramic, its Tudor stable mate was fitted with a vintage-style aluminium insert that gave the watch a true heritage look. Many headlines celebrated the first GMT watch from Tudor, but in fact this wasn’t the case. During Tudor’s interregnum from the UK and US markets, they were still producing watches for the Far East and European mainland. One such model was the Iconaut – a 43mm beast of a watch with dual time-zone complication. It was this watch that was Tudor’s first GMT model and recently Carl Moody acquired one from a client in virtually unworn condition. Carl Moody’s recently discovered Iconaut ref 20400   An original Tudor print advert for […]

Five Reasons That You Need to Have a Tudor Black Bay P01

Posted: Jan, 16, 2020

1 – It’s a Modern MilSub…   Tudor have never made it a secret that they worked in collaboration with some of the world’s most important naval forces, including the The Marine Nationale (MN) and the United States Navy (USN) and that its watches were widely issued by other forces including Argentina and South Africa. In fact, the development of vintage Tudor Submariners was informed through field-testing and research with both navies, most famously the development of the snowflake hands with the MN. These partnerships and the related watches have been key to the modern era Black Bay and Pelagos watches as well as the current Born To Dare campaign – a celebration of the daring nature of Tudor watches and encapsulated in the Tudor Black Bay P01. 2 – It’s a Modern Interpretation of a Secret Tudor Prototype…   Tudor’s relationship with the US Navy was key in the […]