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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1976
    Reference No: 7149/0
    Case No: 844'079
    Model Name: Oysterdate "Monte Carlo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 234, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex C&I riveted Oyster bracelet, max. length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped C&I and 78
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box and certificate

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tudor’s reference 7149/0 was the first model in the second series production run of their famous Oysterdate chronograph product line. The reference was introduced in 1972, and was produced for a very short period of time. Combined with their stunning aesthetics, their rarity makes them highly desirable for vintage watch collectors.

    Accordingly, one can’t help but notice that the case of this remarkable chronograph resembles that of the iconic Rolex Daytona reference 6263. Both are fitted with an acrylic bezel with printed tachymeter and use identical screw-down pushers. Fitted with the manually wound Valjoux caliber 234, this watch embodies so much of what Rolex Daytonas are known and loved for.

    This stainless steel reference is fitted with a matte grey dial with bright orange and blue accents throughout. Amongst collectors, it is referred to as the “Monte Carlo” due to its dial design, and was Tudor’s inspiration behind the release of the brand’s recently launched Heritage chronograph. These gorgeous chronographs are amongst the most sought after of all Tudor watches. The dial’s sporty aesthetic is perfectly complemented by its stainless steel Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet.

    With a flawless dial and crisp, unpolished case retaining all of its original factory brushed and polished surfaces, this exceptionally well preserved example from 1976 is also accompanied with its presentation box and guarantee. An adored model within the Tudor line, the present lot offers both novice and experienced collectors tremendous value.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1926

    Almost twenty years after Rolex was founded, Hans Wilsdorf established Tudor with the intention of making more affordable watches without compromising the quality for which Rolex was renowned. Tudor was named after the British Dynasty that ruled England from 1485 to 1603, and their symbol came from the "War of Roses." After interchanging Rose and Shield symbols for a number of years, the firm replaced the Rose with the Shield logo from the 1960s until today.

    Some of the most recognized vintage models made by Tudor include the Submariner, a waterproof model first introduced in 1954, the Oysterdate, the earliest versions of which were nicknamed the "Monte-Carlo," the Heritage, which included the date at 6 o'clock, as well as the Pelagos, which translates to "deep sea" in Greek.

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Ref. 7149/0
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with matte grey and blue dial, blue acrylic tachymeter bezel, date and bracelet

39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF27,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017