Tudor

1995 Tudor Big Block Chronograph (Ref. 79170) Silver Dial

$ 6,650

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 Montecarlo 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 which accommodated the automatic chronograph caliber Valjoux 7750 which also features a quickset date. The silver dial chronographs, whether it be the Big Block or Daytona, have always been a fan favorite among collectors. The black sub-dials create an awesome contrast with the silver sunburst dial that makes for the eye-catching design collectors love.

Stock # TBBC79170-3
Brand Tudor
Style Big Block Chronograph
Model 79170
Serial B6XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver W/ Black Sub-Dials
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Tudor 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 589 End Pieces

 

CASE & BRACELET

The strong case was previously professionally polished and retains full and symmetrical lugs that feature strong chamfers. Gentle signs of previous use are present on the case. The original rotating bezel is in excellent condition, showing minimal signs of use and no fading to the black color. The case retains its original screw-down pushers and Rolex-signed trip-lock crown. The case back retains all of its factory markings in crisp and legible condition. The original Tudor 78360 Oyster bracelet with 589 end pieces retains 12 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.

DIAL & HANDS

The original silver sunburst dial with glossy black sub-dials is in excellent overall condition, with no damage or notable elements of age present. The tritium lume plots remain bright white, under UV light inspection the 3 o'clock plot is mostly missing with the 9 and 11 o'clock plots showing minor degradation. All of the hands remain original to the watch and the hour and minute hands retain original tritium lume with no degradation present under UV light inspection.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch is keeping time, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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