1972 Tudor Chronograph (Ref. 7159/0) "Monte Carlo"
Tudor has a long history of well made, purpose built chronographs. The most sought-after and interesting is that of the "Monte Carlo". Boasting a 3 color dial of generally vibrant colors. The "Monte Carlo" is at its core, a high visibility racing chronograph. First produced in 1970 and featured in 3 references and bezel styles; plastic bezel, stainless steel bezel and a rotating bezel variant.
This specific Tudor "Monte Carlo" chronograph Reference 7159/0 is the second iteration of the Tudor chronograph. Featuring a newer Valjoux cal. 234 movement allowing a date function at the 6 o'clock position. The dial was updated to block style markers and baton hands for a more conservative presence whilst remaining equally visible.
This watch is watch is loved by collectors as one of the more creative and design-oriented vintage chronographs ever produced. In result, we are seeing less and less on the open market as beloved collectors are keeping them and holding onto them creating a substantial demand increased in recent years.
|Bracelet||Rolex Jubilee Bracelet "Made in Mexico"|
The case is thick and retains original factory finishing showing some wear. The screw down pushers and twin-lock crown are original to the watch. The bezel is excellent showing almost no wear or enamel loss. The case back is stamped "I.72". The Rolex oval link jubilee bracelet remains in unpolished condition showing stretch from use and is stamped "Hecho En Mexico".
The high visibility and colorful "Monte Carlo" dial is in excellent vintage condition with minor spotting and wear. The tritium lume has taken on a wonderful ivory coloration and remains mostly intact with degradation at the 1 and 2 o'clock markers. The orange chronograph sweep seconds hand and baton style hour and minute hands are original to the watch, the tritium lume matches the dial and the minute hand exhibits minor degradation.