More and more collectors are becoming acquainted with watches from Rolex's Tudor brand, creations which have become increasingly more collectible. Watches in the Tudor line, apart from the fact that they utilize ebauche movements, are similar to those of Rolex in design and construction.
When Rolex launched the Tudor brand in 1945, they strongly intended that the public perception of its quality had to equal that of Rolex. To achieve this lofty aim, until the mid-1990's, Tudor watches featured Rolex cases and crowns, and, until 1971, Rolex bracelets.
An advertisement in Britain's Horological Journal in vintage times stated that Tudor's were, "Manufactured under strict Rolex supervision and bear the Rolex label of guarantee."
Today's offering showcases this Certified Pre-Owned Tudor Oyster Prince in gorgeous restored condition. It has a striking so-called "Big Rose" dial with rose gold accents.
Patterned after the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, one of the company's staple and respected models, this reference 7964 Oyster Prince possessed the same features and conception - it was thinner and a bit more affordable than its Rolex sibling because of Rolex use of an ETA-based movement finished by Rolex, rather than equipping it with one of their in-house made calibers that they used in the Oyster Perpetuals.
Our Oyster Prince has all of its original parts. Its original Rolex Oyster case presents in mint condition with only slight signs of previous polishing. Its dial has previously been expertly redone in a "tropical" chocolate tone.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine Rolex parts, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
It is keeping time on par with a new Rolex in our testing position, and its crown screws down well.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new calfskin strap and aftermarket Rolex style buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Prince Oysterdate, Ref. 7964
Serial no.: 782,582
Year built: c. 1972
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (outside): Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva - Rolex coronet logo
Case condition: Presents as mint with only slight signs of previous polishing
Dimensions: 34.5mm diameter excluding crown
Dial: "Tropical" chocolate, signed Tudor Oyster Prince, "big rose" logo, applied rose gold dart indexes, outer minute/seconds divisions, previously expertly restored
Hands: Original, rose gold luminous dauphines
Movement type: Original, Cal. 2483, self-winding, rhodium-plated, decorated rotor, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring
Jewels: 25 rubies
Band: Calfskin, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with aftermarket Rolex style buckle We also carry vintage styled Horween type leather straps and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, styles, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal: Original, Cal. 2483, self-winding, rhodium-plated, decorated rotor, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring
Servicing: One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine Rolex parts, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is keeping time on par with a new Rolex in our testing position
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.