1965 Tudor Oyster Shock Resisting (Ref. 4540) W/ Box
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 that stand on their own as true collector's pieces.
|Style||Oyster Shock Resisting|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The stunning case with intricate scarab lugs is very well preserved, showing signs of a recent and expertly done polish that has retained and accentuated the original factory composition of the case. The smooth stainless steel bezel is in excellent condition. The case retains its original and rare "Oyster Patent" screw-down crown. The case back is in excellent condition as well and the serial number engraving remains deep and crisp. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The original white dial is both beautiful and in impressive condition, showing minimal marks and featuring mild "radium burn" on the bottom portion. The original radium Arabic numeral markers have aged to a dark patina and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original radium blued-steel hands have aged to a lighter patina than the dial which is common, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand retains some of its lume but displays significant lume loss and the hour hand shows some minor cracking and remains stable.
The watch comes with its original blue Tudor clamshell box. Watch is running and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.