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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 79260
    Case No: H267’469; inside caseback stamped “79260”
    Model Name: Tiger Prince Date Chronograph
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7750, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Tudor Oyster bracelet stamped “78400”, endlinks stamped “605” , max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Tudor deployant clasp stamped “U11”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Tudor guarantee stamped Andrews Schmid, Starnberg Germany dated August 2001, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Prince chronograph 79000 series was Tudor’s fourth series of chronographs since the brand's first debut of its chronograph series in 1970, beginning with the Oysterdate Home Plate, Monte Carlo and the Big Block. With a strong resemblance to its sibling the Big Block, the Prince Date born in 1995 had a redesigned case apart from the flat-sided sharp contour of its predecessor to a softer and slimmer profile, at the same time it is also fitted with upgrades like, sapphire crystal and aluminium bezel insert. Three models were launched in the 79000 series: ref. 79280 with a steel bezel, ref. 79270 with a black 12-hour rotating bezel and lastly ref. 79260 with a black bezel like the present example.

    Setting the present example apart from the regular ref. 79260 is the white “TIGER” insignia below the 12 o’clock marker. The year 1997 was an eventful year as professional golfer Tiger Woods had just won his first Masters Tournament, this sparked the ambassador relationship between the athlete and Tudor. Nicknamed the Tudor “Tiger” by collectors, the series had a wide range of bright exotic colours. Fitted with a stimulant orange dial with white accents, the present ref. 79260 is robust with a twist of playfulness. Offered in an attractive condition, the present example is complete with its original guarantee and fitted presentation box. Now discontinued, the present Tudor Tiger is a perfect timepiece for a day at the golf course.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 79260
A fine and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with orange dial, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2001
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for HK$113,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021