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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 7031/0, inside caseback stamped II.70
    Case No: 756'713
    Model Name: "Home Plate"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 7734, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Tudor Oyster bracelet, max length 205mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Tudor folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Tudor blank guarantee and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The very first chronograph model that Tudor produced, the"Homeplate", has incredible presence on the wrist. Fitted with an acrylic bezel and screw down pushers, the orange, grey and black colour scheme is instantly recognizable upon a glance. The 40 millimeter case has great presence on the wrist, rendered even more impressive by the protruding crown guards. Its nickname derives from the luminous numeral's uncanny similarity to a homeplate on a baseball field.

    Tudor also upgraded their coding system in 1967, using 5 digits instead of 4. The last digit identifies the case metal, in this case, "0" indicates steel.

    The present example is preserved in extremely incredible condition. Still displaying bevels, the lugs are incredibly thick and defined - no simple feat, as stainless steel chronograph wristwatches were bought to be worn as everyday "tool watches". The patina on this example is particularly stunning. The luminous has turned a warm yellow gone, perfectly matching the hands.

    A few other details separate this watch from its peers. One is the original 5 point Rolex crown, which features an image of the the coronet only. These "700 series" crowns were fitted to the earliest batches. Even the pushers are original. It is furthermore accompanied by its original fitted presentation box.

  • 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. 7031/0, inside caseback stamped II.70
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and fitted presentation box

Circa 1971
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF52,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017