1977 Tudor Ranger (Ref. 9050/0)
The Rolex/Tudor relationship dates back to 1926 when Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex SA, wanted to create a more affordable wristwatch alternative that still maintained a high quality of craftsmanship. Tudor manufactured wristwatches adjacent to Rolex for many years, which featured more affordable non-inhouse Swiss movements, whilst still utilizing Rolex's case designs and manufacturing processes. Even though Tudor shares a lot of similarities with its older brother Rolex, Tudor's designs tended to differentiate from the Rolex formula to make for some uniquely cool timepieces in their own right.
The Ranger is one of the more coveted Tudor watches amongst collectors. Known for being elusive, with only a very small number ever actually being made, Rangers are rarely seen for sale on the open market. The Ranger is often referred to as "Tudor's Explorer" and although there are similarities, such as the lumed Arabic numerals, but the Ranger comes across as a totally different watch that offers a completely different wearing experience. Especially the ref. 9050/0 which features the quick set date function at the 3 o'clock position.
|2pc Handmade Leather Strap
The very strong case appears to have been very lightly polished in the past, retaining full and symmetrical lugs that show almost no signs of use. The smooth stainless steel bezel is in overall excellent condition showing no signs of use. The case retains its original Rolex twin-lock crown. The caseback visibly retains all of its factory engravings. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The matte black Ranger dial is absolutely gorgeous, showing some light marks from age and otherwise remaining very clean. The tritium lume plots have aged to a wonderful creamy yellow patina with no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged a shade lighter than the dial but match the watches aesthetic, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand shows some minor lume loss and is stable, the sweep seconds hand shows light cracking and remains stable as well, the hour hand is fully intact.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time and functioning perfectly, back by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.