*Unpolished* 1979 Tudor Big Block Chronograph (Ref. 94300) "Halloween"
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.
Nicknamed the "Halloween" this 1979 "Big Block" Tudor ref. 94300 features a matte black dial with exotic orange and white accents. Tudor chronographs have perpetually been exceedingly bolder than their Rolex counterparts in both size and looks. This rule holds true with the Ref 94300, which comes with a chunky 40mm case and a unique-looking dial with plenty of orange touches. First launched in 1976, the reference 94300 comes with an automatic Val 7750 chronograph movement, which also features a date complication with the quick-set adjustment!
|Style||Big Block Chronograph|
|Dial||Matte Black W/ Orange|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The stunning case remains unpolished, featuring strong factory chamfers and finishing throughout with light signs of honest use. The stainless steel "UPH" bezel is in excellent unpolished condition as well and retains all of its factory black enamel. The case retains its original screw-down pushers and Rolex signed trip-lock crown. The unpolished case back displays some light opening marks from previous servicing intervals. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The matte black "Halloween" dial with orange accents is absolutely flawless, showing no age, wear, or blemishes. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming golden patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and display no lume loss or degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.