1989 Tudor Chronograph Big Block (Ref. 79170)
The year 1976 saw the launch of the third family of Tudor chronographs, known as “Big Block”. With the Prince Oysterdate models, the brand presented its first chronographs equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement and confirmed what the Oysterdate family had begun. Tudor offered immediately recognizable chronographs with excellent technical qualities just like the bigger brother Rolex Daytona line of chronographs. The movement uses the Valjoux caliber 7750. Having the same diameter as the manually wound Valjoux 234, 30.4 mm or 13 lines, it was 1.5 mm thicker than the latter and had a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour. Its chronograph mechanism was a highly reliable cam and oscillating pinion system.
The architecture of this new movement leveraged by Tudor at the time brought about a reorganization of the dial with the addition of an hour counter, the transfer of the group of counters towards the left of the dial, and the relocation of the date aperture to 3 o’clock. The early Tudor Chronograph references do share a lot of common traits with the big brother Rolex Daytona references including a Rolex Oyster bracelet, and 589 end-links, as well as the Rolex Trip-Lock crown and screw-down pushers. The dial on this specific Tudor reference 79170 is also very similar to the Rolex Daytona's of this era.
This 1989 Tudor Chrono Ref. 79170 is a true collector's piece and is in stunning original condition. The early Tudor Chronograph references are commonly referred to as the Tudor "Big Blocks" as the mid-case size is thicker and heavier than the big brother Rolex Daytona references.
|Big Block Chrono
|"Panda" Silver With Black Sub Dials
|Tudor 78360 Oyster W/ 589 End Pieces
The case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining very strong lugs with little wear. The original bezel insert remains in excellent condition showing little signs of use and has taken on a nice anthracite coloration. The Rolex signed crown and pushers are original to the watch. The Tudor 78360 Oyster bracelet with 589 end pieces retains 12 links and shows almost no stretch from use.
The beautiful silver dial with black sub-dials is in remarkable condition, showing no blemishing or signs of wear. The tritium lume plots show no patina, under U.V. light inspection the 6,7, and 8 o'clock plots exhibit degradation, the remaining lume plots are fully intact. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, showing no patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. Watch is keeping time and running perfectly, previous service history is unknown.