1980 Tudor Big Block (Ref. 94210) "Halloween"
The Tudor "Big Block" chronographs were introduced in 1976 and replaced the Montecarlo series of chronographs that were originally released in 1970. Both the Tudor Montecarlo, along with Rolex's Daytona, were manual wind chronographs whereas the "Big Blocks" were outfitted with an automatic movement. This was a big advancement for Tudor as it wasn't until 1988 that Rolex offered an automatic version of the famous chronograph via the zenith-based Rolex movements. Also, unlike the Rolex Daytona, Tudor chronographs including the Monte Carlo featured date complications. The "Big Block" nickname comes as a result of the mid-case size, which is thicker and heavier than the big brother Rolex Daytona references to accommodate the automatic chronograph caliber Valjoux 7750 that also features a quickset date.
|Style||Big Block Monte Carlo|
|Dial||Matte Black W/ Orange|
|Bracelet||Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 589 End Pieces|
The excellent case is lightly polished and retains strong, symmetrical lugs that show honest signs of use. The original rotating bezel is in exceptional condition showing only minimal signs of use and has achieved a beautiful blueish grey fade. The case retains its original screw-down pushers and "Rolex" signed trip-lock crown. The case back retains all of its factory markings in clearly visible condition and retains the engraving "M.M. Quinn" as well as the original owner's social security number. The original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 589 end pieces is in wonderful condition and retains 12 links that show almost no stretch from use.
The matte black "Halloween" dial with orange accents is in flawless original condition, exhibiting no blemishes or signs of age. The sub-dials remain clean, free from hand drag or markings. The white enamel on the 1, 7, 8, and 11 o'clock markers has taken on a nice ivory patina. The original tritium lume plots have lightly aged to a handsome ivory coloration and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.