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Lot #1883

Tudor Prince Date Chrono-Time Chronograph 79260 Box and Papers

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Introduction

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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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$3,000 – $6,000

The Details

Brand

Tudor

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Prince Oysterdate Chrono-Time

Movement

Automatic Valjoux cal. 7750

Reference

79260

Bracelet

Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet

Year

2002

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box, papers, 2005 service papers, hang tag and booklets

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Offered in black to match its black aluminum bezel insert, this example's silver subdials burst out of the ref. 79260's display with the utmost legibility. Additionally, its cyclops lens-clad date aperture makes this timepiece all the more useful.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Built like the Daytonas of old, the Prince Date Chrono-Time sits low to the wrist with a sapphire crystal and black aluminum tachymetric bezel - which was introduced to the Prince Oysterdate collection by the ref. 79260.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

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.

Our Perspective

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.

Justin Gruenberg

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