1977 Tudor Big Block Chronograph (Ref. 94300) "Halloween" W/ Box & Papers
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.
|Big Block Chronograph
|Matte Black W/ Orange
|Rolex 78360 Oyster W/ 589 End Pieces
The previously lightly polished case retains very strong lugs that shows light signs of honest use. The stainless steel "Units Per Hour" bezel is in excellent unpolished condition and displays light signs of use and minimal loss of the black enamel. The case retains its original screw-down pushers and Rolex signed trip-lock crown. The case back retains its original factory engravings in crisp and legible condition. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 589 end pieces is in excellent condition as well and retains 12 links that show almost no stretch from use.
The matte black "Halloween" dial with orange accents is in flawless condition, showing no signs of aging or imperfections. The tritium lume plots remain full and round, without degradation when inspected under U.V. light and have taken on a wonderful ivory coloration. All of the hands remain original to the watch and the hour and minute hand contain their original tritium which matches the dial perfectly.
The watch comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, Tudor guarantee paper, and booklet. The watch was recently serviced and is running perfectly, back by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.