TUDOR HISTORY - THE CHRONOGRAPHS
A UNIQUE STYLE
For nearly half a century, TUDOR has left its mark on the history of chronographs with products of strong identity, unique style and uncompromising quality. By proving equal to the task, by kindling passion, by constantly improving its products and by offering models clearly belonging to their era but retaining their own distinct identity, TUDOR has earned a place apart in the field of sports chronographs, embodied in the development of four successive families of products.
In 1970, with the launch of its first mechanical manually-wound model, the Oysterdate chronograph, the brand immediately aficionados through its exceptional use of bright colours and its choice of characteristic pentagonal hour markers.
The next year, in 1971, a second series of Oysterdate chronographs, today known to collectors by the nickname “Montecarlo”, provided technical improvements and a stylistic evolution. Notably, the introduction of blue dial and bezel variants in this series left a lasting impression. The year 1976 saw the launch of the third family of TUDOR chronographs, known as “Big Block” in the watch collection milieu, and the introduction of an important innovation. 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 recognisable chronographs with excellent technical qualities.
Finally, the year 1995 marked the inauguration of the second series of Prince Oysterdate selfwinding chronographs, introducing numerous aesthetic and technical improvements such as a reworked and refined case and a virtually scratchproof sapphire crystal.
Four families of TUDOR chronographs, including a dozen major references, sparked ever greater enthusiasm from year to year.