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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 7032/0; inner caseback stamped II.70
    Case No: 759’798
    Model Name: Oyster Date “Monte Carlo Home Plate”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 7734, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 93150, end links stamped 580
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped VD
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed Tudor, case and bracelet signed Rolex.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1970, Tudor released its first chronograph wristwatch, named the “Monte Carlo” as references 7032/0 (brushed metal bezel) and 7031/0 (black acrylic bezel). Larger and more aesthetically bold than the screw-down chronograph wristwatch from Rolex, the legendary Daytona, the Monte Carlo boasts a 39mm diameter case size, contrasting dial colors with orange details, and most significantly, a date function at 6 o’clock. Much as the Tudor Submariner became known in the 1970s for its “Snowflake” style hands and oversized square-shaped hour markers, the Monte Carlo earned the nickname “Home Plate” due to the design of the hour markers resembling the home plate of a baseball field.

    The present, fresh-to-the-market example was consigned by the original owner and remains in remarkable condition. In the past decade, our research shows only seven examples of either the reference 7032 and 7031 with black “Home Plate” dial have appeared at public auction – the present reference 7032 is the eighth known example across either reference and the fifth reference 7032. All known serial numbers of these references, including both examples published in Alberto Isnardi’s Tudor Anthology, begin with 759’XXX or 760’0XX, dating the watches from 1971 and the beginning of the reference. One may conclude that Tudor experimented with both the black and grey dials in the early versions of the Home Plate before settling on the grey for the rest of the production run. The scarcity of these black dials, combined with its unimpeachable provenance from the original owner in British Columbia, Canada, and exceptional condition, makes this a truly rare opportunity to obtain one of Tudor’s most sought after and collectible watches ever made.

    Consigned by the Original Owner

  • Maker 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. 7032/0; inner caseback stamped II.70
A very rare and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, date, and bracelet

Circa 1971
39mm Diameter
Dial and movement signed Tudor, case and bracelet signed Rolex.

Estimate
$40,000 - 80,000 
CHF36,600-73,100
€33,900-67,700
HK$310,000-620,000

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New York Auction 12 December 2020