*Like New* 2004 Tudor Prince Date Chronograph (Ref. 79280P) "Orange Crush" Dial W/ Papers & Accessories
Tudors long history of iconic chronographs continued into the late nineties and early 2000s with the 79000 series, which directly succeded and improved upon the earlier "Big Block" design. Introduced in 1995, the Tudor Prince Date Chronograph is a true neo-vintage model, featuring a more contemporary design, with a sapphire crystal and reduced case thickness, though it is still considered one of the last "vintage" designs from Tudor.
During this time period, Tudor was entering into a new era as a stand-alone watch company. Tudor's separation from Rolex becomes more evident as the crown, case, and bracelet are all signed Tudor and the dial doesn't feature the text "Oyster." The Price Date Chronographs were produced in a variety of designs, with black fixed bezels, rotating bezels, or steel bezels that closely resemble the Rolex Zenith Daytonas of the same era. However, Tudor also produced "polished" versions that featured unique reference numbers ending with a "P" to represent the unique case finishing, it is generally understood these polished case variants are much less common.
Similar to the Rolex "Stella" dials of the 1970s and 80s, Tudor made the Price Date Chronograph in a large variety of dial colors, including green, red, blue, silver, black, yellow, and orange. The orange dial is widely accepted as the most rare and is seldomly seen for sale on the open market.
Many Tudor ref. 79000 chronographs bear the "Tiger" text underneath the 12 o'clock register, this was done in collaboration with Tiger Woods, though the examples without the "Tiger" signature are generally the most desirable within the collector community.
We are proud to offer this truly incredible 2004 Tudor Prince Date Chronograph ref. 79280P. Not only is this watch in near-perfect "like new" condition, with almost no wear present on the original finishing of the case but while also retaining the original case back sticker and factory bracelet sticker. But this example also bears the extremely rare and sought-after "non-Tiger" orange dial and the less common "P" polished-style case. Along with the inherent rarity and superb condition of the watch itself, included with the purchase comes its original Tudor guarantee papers, serialized hangtag, and booklets.
|Bracelet||Tudor 78400 Oyster Bracelet W/ 605 End Pieces|
The remarkable "like-new" polished-finish case is in factory original condition, with only extremely minor storage marks present on the case along with bracelet removal marks on the underside of the lugs, otherwise, we believe this watch to remain basically unworn for its existence. The polished finish "Units Per Hour" bezel is in the same condition as the case with no notable wear present. The Tudor crown and screw-down pushers are original to the watch. The sapphire crystal is clean, free of any wear. The case back retains its original factory Tudor sticker. The original Tudor 78400 Oyster bracelet with 605 end pieces retains 13 links that display no stretch and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist. The bracelet maintains the inner clasp factory protective sticker as well.
The original glossy orange "non-tiger" dial is in exceptional condition throughout, showing no damage or age whatsoever to the dial itself. The luminova lume plots remain bright white, under U.V. light inspection 1, 2, 9, and 11 o'clock lume plots feature degradation, which is actually extremely common for these dial variants. The hands are all original to the watch, the luminova hour and minute hand match the bright white dial lume and exhibit no degradation.
The watch comes complete with its orignial Tudor guarantee paper, serialized hangtag, translation paper, and Tudor booklet. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.