Tudor 'Big Block' Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
We at analog/shift are huge vintage Tudor fans, and often find ourselves preferring the Tudor version of a watch compared to the Rolex. It seems like everyone and their mother is wearing a vintage Rollie these days, making Tudor a great way to enjoy everything that made the brand the icon it is, while managing to stick out from the crowd.
The Reference 79170 is no exception. In fact, it could be said to have a leg up on it's Rolex equivalents.
It is no mystery that the Rolex Daytona commands a great deal of respect these days, and despite the growing dialogue surrounding the popular models' value and future appreciation, it remains one of the most well-known and sought-after Rolex lines. But while Rolex was still filling their watches with hand-cranked units, Tudor was rolling out chronographs driven by automatic Valjoux drivetrains, a fact that is often overlooked when the conversation veers toward collectible vintage chronos.
The 'Big Block', which was released in 1974 succeeding the much-loved Monte Carlo, marked an impressive leap for Tudor, largely due to the introduction of the Valjoux 7750 Automatic movement. In addition to bringing the perk of self-winding technology to Tudor's popular line, the new drivetrain included an hour register and a quick-set date, features that made the watch more functional and more enjoyable to wear.
The Big Block collection had three main references; The Reference 79160, which featured a fixed tachymetre bezel, the Reference 79170 with a bi-directional hour bezel, and the 79180, which was fitted with a steel tachymetre bezel. This particular watch is an early Reference 79170, hallmarked by three traits: applied trapezoidal indices (replaced in later editions with simple stick markers), a T SWISS T marking at 6:00 (again, replaced by T SWISS MADE T in later versions) and a contrasting frame around the date aperture which was later removed.
In excellent overall condition, this well-preserved example is our favorite expression of the Big Block as it offers a classic sporty look at a tremendous value.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Tudor 'Big Block' Chronograph