TUDOR OYSTERDATE 79260 B&P
Up until 1995 and up till the 791xx serials, these Tudor chronograph’s were nicknamed ‘Big Blocks’ due the the (huge) hight of the center case which measured in at 1.4cm. This 79260 reference from late 1995 we’re offering here has a slightly smaller center-case regarding the hight, and is therefor sometimes called; Small Block. These small block, Tudor references still feature watch cases bearing the Rolex name on the case-back and still feature a Rolex signed winding crown – A more desirable watch and far more rare than the later ‘Tiger’ Tudors for instance, or any other Tudor chronographs which succeeded this ‘Small Block’ reference.
Tudor themselves describe this particular white dial as being an enamel style dial, some collectors also like to call this a porcelain dial as it has the same characteristics as the Rolex Daytona Porcelain dial (which is roughly 20 times more valuable) and let me tell you, this Tudor is equally stunning! That bright, shiny white, enamel style dial has gorgeous ‘Panda’ sub registers which feature a beautiful circulair Guilloche finish, that finish slightly changes the colour of these sub-dials depending on the angle – they go from black to an almost anthracite tone and give a lot of depth to the dial, truly stunning! All indices, hands and Tudor shield are manufactured from white gold and the entire dial is truly spotless. The watch case is near new, very sharp and free from any damages. The Rolex winding crown and both chrono pushers are still the original, as is the case-back. The original, black anodized aluminium insert with its Tachymeter scale remains in a very good condition and the Oyster bracelet, like the rest of the watch, is near new without any stretch. As mentioned, this Tudor 79260 ‘Small Block’ is accompanied by the original box and paperwork.
Some call this the poor man’s Daytona, we say it’s a whole lot of bang for your buck!! It’s a very interesting watch to research, maybe even more rare then a Daytona, especially regarding the rareness of this particular configuration with enamel style, Panda dial. Prices will only continue to increase on these beauties – Don’t sleep.
Our Tudor 79260 ”Small Block” is fully serviced and will be delivered with a 12 month warranty.
case number: B77XXXX
year of production: 1995
case diameter: 40mm
movement: automatic, caliber 7750
box and papers: yes!