First introduced to Tudor’s catalog in 1995 with the ref. 79200 series, the 4th series of the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph was an evolution of earlier Tudor chronograph models that began to add sleeker designs to the iconic collection’s repertoire. Amongst the changes that the ref. 79200 brought about was a new thinner case design with a sapphire crystal and a move away from Rolex-branded parts such as winding crowns, casebacks, and bracelets. Taking another step forward in 1996, the ref. 79260, which is what we have here, introduced a black aluminum bezel insert to the Tudor Oysterdate chronograph collection. Printed with a tachymetric scale, this bezel was a significant improvement on the black acrylic bezel inserts that Tudor had been using previously, as they were prone to cracking. Fitted with a black dial with silver subdials, the ref. 79260 is a monochromatic masterpiece that links vintage Tudor with the modern world of watchmaking with its aluminum bezel insert and sapphire crystal, both still in use by Tudor today.
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$3,000 – $6,000
Watch is in excellent overall condition. Case exhibits superficial signs of wear commensurate with its age. Light scratches along the surfaces and a couple small dings on the edge of the bezel aroun 8 o'clock. Dial is near-mint with no visible damage. Bracelet has 13 links total, 3 of which are removable. There is little to no stretch.
An iconic chronograph that has captured the hearts of Tudor collectors galore, the Prince Oysterdate Chrono-Time has developed a loving following thanks to its interesting place with Tudor's incredible heritage, specifically with regards to their chronograph offerings.