Tudor - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1993
    Reference No: 79170, caseback stamped 79160
    Case No: B540’852
    Model Name: Oysterdate Chronograph, “Big Block”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7750, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Tudor bracelet stamped 78360, endlinks stamped 589, max length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Tudor clasp stamped R1 & 78360
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Dial and bracelet signed Tudor; Case signed Rolex
    Accessories: With official Tudor punched guarantee dated 1993, caseback sticker and Tudor red fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1974, the “Big Block” marked an impressive milestone in the history of Tudor as the brand presented its first chronographs equipped with an automatic mechanical movement begun. The new model incorporates an hour register and a quick-set date — features which further enhance the collectability of the watch. The Big Block oeuvre has three major references, which can run the gamut of: The reference 79160, which featured a fixed tachymetre bezel, the reference 79170, such as the present example, with a bi-directional hour bezel, and the 79180, which was fitted with a steel tachymetre bezel.

    The present watch is an excellent example of Tudor “Big Block” chronograph, further enhanced by its rarity and superb condition. This watch is believed to be a rare example of a model that only has a limited production run, and is sure to make a great addition to any collection of fine timepieces.

  • 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. 79170, caseback stamped 79160
A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, guarantee and box

40 mm diameter
Dial and bracelet signed Tudor; Case signed Rolex

HK$40,000 - 62,000 

Sold for HK$60,000

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Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019