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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 7149/0
    Case No: 844'167
    Model Name: Oysterdate, "Monte-Carlo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 234, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "280" and "9315" to the endlinks, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "C"
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Montres Tudor S.A. Garantie stamped by Rome retailer Hausmann & Co. and dated August 8, 1975

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tudor’s reference 7149/0 was the first model in the second production run of the famous Oysterdate chronograph line. The reference was introduced in 1972, and remained in production for a very short period of time. Combining rarity with stunning aesthetics, this model is among the most desired by vintage watch collectors.

    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 tachymeter scale 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 example is fitted with a matte grey dial with black details and white/orange graphics. The highly complex graphic design of the dial has become a true icon of watch design, and it is now known as “Monte-Carlo”. The condition of the piece match its aesthetic impact: featuring a flawless dial unmolested bezel, and a very honest case fully retaining its proportions and finishing, this exceptionally well preserved example from 1975 is furthermore accompanied by its original guarantee, from which one can assume the watch was sold in Rome on August 8, 1975. One of the most iconic models within the Tudor line, the present lot offers both novice and experienced collectors tremendous value, distinguished heritage and remarkable aesthetics.

  • Artist Biography

    Tudor

    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, attractive and unusual stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, "Monte-Carlo" dial, bracelet and Guarantee

Circa 1975
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€11,100-16,700
$13,100-19,600

Sold for CHF17,640

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020