In recent years, more and more young consumers have come into contact with the Tudor brand. The Tudor antique watch market has ushered in a booming development and its prices have risen accordingly. In this article, we will take stock of the antique watches produced in the history of Tudor.
Marine Nationale MilSubs
Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner Marine Nationale 9401 (1977)
Many countries’ armed forces are equipped with Tudor Submariners watches, including Argentina, South Africa, Jamaica, the United States, and the most famous French Navy (Marine Nationale-MN). The French Navy has played a key role in the development of the Tudor Submariners. This root can be traced back to the earliest Submariners 7922 Big Crown watch.
The most famous and sought after Marine Nationale watch is equipped with a blue dial and ‘snowflake’ hands, without date display, usually with a grey fabric NATO strap. Marine Nationale MilSubs watches on the antique market are mostly sold by government auctions or veterans. General auctions will provide veteran identification, or the serial number can be checked against the watchmaker’s Navy watch service books.
Price range: £ 2,500-4,500
Year of production: 1950-1980s
Main models: 7016, 7021, 9401
‘Big Block’ Chronograph
Tudor Prince Oysterdate Big Block 9430 (1976)
It can be said that Tudor has inserted Rolex’s innovative and experimental wings (Tudor dial color and overall style, compared to conservative Rolex design), automatic chronograph is a typical example. In 1976, Tudor launched the ‘Big Block’ Chronograph chronograph (9430/0) equipped with three laps; in contrast, Rolex only automated the Daytona in 1988 and adopted It is Zenith movement.
The name ‘Big Block’ is derived from the heavy case that houses the automatic rotor. In fact, until the introduction of the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller, the ‘Big Block’ was the largest watch in the Wilsdorf Group case. There are also some variations of this watch, such as the Monte Carlo dial, which are popular with collectors. The watch comes with three different types of bezels: a stainless steel speedometer, a plastic speedometer, and a rotating bezel with hour markers.
Price range: £ 3,000-£ 6,000
Year of production: late 1970s-early 1980s
The main model: 9430
Prince Oysterdate Chrono-Time
Tudor Oysterdate Chrono-Time
For watch fans who do not have a comprehensive understanding of Tudor history, they have never seen or even heard of Chrono-Time. In the 1970s, the integrated bracelet design, defined by Gerald Genta and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, became popular.
The Rolex stood still, but Tudor did not hesitate. The latter introduced a series of watches with a new case shape and integrated bracelet design. The most famous example is Ranger 2. Another sports watch with the same shape is Chrono-Time. The Oysterdate Chrono-Time is available in both stainless steel and gold-plated versions, and it has a two-way rotating bezel similar to Submariner. With a diameter of 38 mm, this watch is suitable for both sports and formal wear, in line with the Rolex Turnograph Datejust. The most common ones are blue or maroon dials and bezels, but there are some rare variants.
Price range: 1,000-£ 2,000
Year of production: 1976
Main model: 9121/1
Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger 7995
For collectors, collecting antique Ranger watches may be one of the biggest challenges; but if you can really find an original watch, it is also one of the biggest rewards. What makes the collection of Tudor Ranger so difficult? The main reason is that until the end, Tudor did not give the Ranger its own reference number, but chose to use the case and movement of the standard Rolex Oyster.
This has led to counterfeit dials and hands being placed in genuine watches. Most of what I see on the Internet are fakes, or after second-hand modification. Wanting to identify and collect genuine original watches requires a certain amount of knowledge and patience.
Price range: 1,000-2,500 pounds
Year of production: 1969-1987
Main models: 7991/0, 7996/0, 90020
Tudor Homeplate 7031
Homeplate 7031/2 is to the Tudor chronograph, just like Paul Newman to Rolex Daytona. The Tudor Homeplate was introduced in 1970. It is equipped with a manual winding movement and is the first of three chronograph series with a colored dial design (collectively called Monte Carlo, whose appearance is reminiscent of a Monaco gaming table) . It is called Homeplate because of the shape of the hour mark and the home plate on the baseball field.
This watch has both stainless steel and bakelite bezels, as well as gray and black dials, of which the black dial version is very rare, and only six are currently known. Tudor did design a prototype 7033 with a rotating bezel, but it has never been put into commercial production. The Kai Cheng Chronograph introduced in 2010 was inspired by this.
Price range: £ 10,000-£ 20,000
Year of production: Early 1970s
Main models: 7031, 7032, 7033
Tudor Submariner 7928 watch
The Submariner 7928 is one of Tudor’s oldest models. This watch was launched in 1959 and is equipped with a modified Fleurier caliber 390 movement. Originally, the Submariner 7928 was equipped with a ‘square’ crown shoulder. It was very difficult to loosen the crown, so it was later changed to a ‘pointer’ crown shoulder (PCG). The last batch of Tudor Submariner 7928 watches were equipped with round crown shoulders. The evolution of the case shape is generally consistent with that of the Rolex Submariner watch.
A key part of the collectability of Submariner watches (including Rolex and Tudor) is the dial. In the past ten years of production operation, the dial of the Tudor Submariner 7928 watch mainly has five versions. The first and most collectible version is the Mk 1 dial with gold-plated indexes and hour markers.
Price range: 2,000-4,500 pounds
Year of production: 1959-1967
The main model: 7928
Tudor Oyster Submariner 7923 (1955)
Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner 7016-2 (1969 with ‘Snowflake’ hands)
Tudor Oysterdate Montecarlo 7169 (1971)
Tudor Oyster Prince 7909 (1952)