The Tudor trademark was first registered in 1926 by Swiss watchmaking company “Veuve de Philippe Hüther” on behalf of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex watches. Wilsdorf took it over himself in 1936. Just after the second world war, Hans Wilsdorf Founder of Rolex knew that the time had come to expand and give the Tudor brand a proper identity of its own. The Tudor Rose started to appear on their dials from this time. Thus, on 6 March 1946, he created the “Montres TUDOR S.A.” company, specialising in models for both men and women. Rolex guaranteed the technical, aesthetic, and functional characteristics, along with the distribution and after-sales service. In 1948 we saw the first Tudor-specific advertising. A few years later they introduced the TUDOR Oyster Prince in 1952. Hans Wilsdorf allowed Tudor to use their waterproof Oyster case and the original self-winding Perpetual ’rotor’ movement. This was an exclusive arrangement that benefitted both brands. Development soon commenced with the introduction of the TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner, reference 7922 in 1954. This watch was quickly adopted by the French Navy in 1956. Building on their reputation of robustness in 1961 the Rose was replaced by the shield. Later in 1969, we saw the design changes in Ref. 7016 where for the first time square indexes and angular hands nicknamed “snowflake” allowed for a greater amount of lume to be applied; this was appreciated by the divers of the French Navy. Today these innovations can be seen in the Black Bay and Pelagos collections. In 1971 Tudor introduced the Oysterdate chronographs nicknamed “Monte-Carlo” due to it resembling a roulette wheel. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 1996. In that same year, Tudor decided to shed Rolex signed components such as the cases, crowns, and bracelets in favour of Tudor branded ones. Today Tudor uses their in-house movements developed initially in 2015 in collaboration with Breitling.
The Tudor Black Bay was launched in 2012. Our 2017 Tudor Black Bay 79500 has a 36mm polished and satin-brushed stainless steel case. The case curves over your wrist with a lug to lug length of 44mm and a case thickness of 10mm giving the watch a comfortable fit. A fine polished chamfered edge leads the eye along the curves of the case. On the right side is a signed screw-down crown with a black anodised tube. A smooth polished bezel holds a sapphire crystal above the black dial. An outer minute track with applied disc and baton indexes mark the hours. At 12 o’clock an inverted triangle. All coated in SuperLumiNova. The characteristic snowflake hands are coated in luminescence and complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand. Text is precisely applied to the dial with the smiley “Rotor Self-Winding” at 6 o’clock. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Tudor Cal. T600 is based on the ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original 19mm brushed stainless steel 3 link bracelet with a signed folding clasp. In the presentation box, we have the additional Camo NATO strap as well as its papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Tudor box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Tudor brushed stainless steel bracelet and an additional 19mm Tudor Camo NATO strap. The watch is from June 2017 and is sold in worn condition, a full case and bracelet refurb can be done at an additional cost. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.