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. 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.
The Tudor rose within a shield was meant to represent an invincible union of strength. Its robustness, elegant lines and beauty of design. In 1947 Tudor introduced the Oyster, their first waterproof watch, building on the success of the Rolex Oyster of the same period. In 1952, 26 Tudor Oyster Prince watches were included in the British scientific expedition to Greenland organized by the Royal Navy and sponsored by The Queen. This showed the world how robust Tudor Oyster watches were. This Tudor Oyster 7803 has a 32mm polished and brushed stainless steel oyster case. A signed crown and a beveled bezel. The domed crystal covers a cream dial. Minute track and applied gold Arabic numeral indexes mark the hours. Gold leaf shaped hands and a sweeping centre seconds hand. On the back a plain screw down case back. Inside a Manually Wound ETA 1182 17 Jewels 18000 beats per hour. Fitted on a 17mm brown leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no Tudor box or Tudor paperwork. The watch comes paired on a brown leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1954/55 and is in worn condition, the finish has been put back into the watch and looks great. The watch has received a full service and comes with KibbleWatches 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
A vintage Tudor is always a great option for anyone wanting to go into the vintage Watch world, you have that connection to Rolex with the very visible DNA of Rolex, but giving off its own charm and feeling. If you have tried on a 32mm Oyster you will know it wears slightly larger, that is the charm of an Oyster case. The original dial is great and the way the patina has developed evenly is beautiful, especially contrasted against those applied gold-tone numerals.