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Tudor 'Small Block' Chronograph - Ref. 79280

Sale price$5,950.00 USD


Rolex is a serious brand. Its younger sibling, Tudor, is a fun brand.

Tudor long has been riffing on iconic designs from Brand with the Crown, and this extends far beyond the Submariner. Tudor also made the Date+Day, and their own chronograph. The chronograph was originally known as the Monte-Carlo, their version of the Rolex Daytona. In theory, the Tudor formula remains the same. Rolex case, Rolex build-quality, but a standard ebauche movement - but with their chronographs, Tudor really starts coming into its own unique design language. While early generations featured the 'homeplate' design, this later generation model was known as the 'Small Block' Chronograph. 

While this utilizes the standard 'Panda' dial scheme, the Tudor 79280 houses something no Daytona ever has - a date window. Mounted under a cyclops crystal, with applied Tudor branding the watch has a very balance quadrant layout and still utilizes the screw-down pushers. With fully in-tact lume plots and gentle even patina throughout - this example is one of the best to come through our hands. The case is in original and unpolished condition - but the perfection of the dial is the real standout here. It’s truly magnificent - and sure to be a perfect companion for the next 25 years as it has been thus far.

*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

Stainless Steel 1997 Papers Automatic Sport

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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