Tudor Monte Carlo
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
In the pantheon of vintage chronographs, the Tudor Home Plate sits right next to the Daytona.
Tudor Monte Carlos are insanely cool but believe it or not there’s an even cooler Tudor. The 'Home Plate,' nicknamed for the baseball home plate shape of the hour plots, is the OG Tudor chronograph, and Tudor sure has hell got it right the first time.
When Tudor returned to their roots and successfully reinvigorated the brand with heritage-inspired new releases, their first move wasn’t a Snowflake Sub or Oyster Prince. Tudor released a Heritage Chronograph, modeled after on of their original exotic dialed chronos, known to collectors as the “Homeplate”. All of the vintage exotic chronos are surging in popularity, and represent the best of vintage Tudor in the eyes of many collectors.
Let’s break this watch down. First off, the black Bakelite bezel is incredibly cool, and our favorite vintage bezel material. It’s attached to a 40mm Oyster case, which is the perfect size for any wrist, and looks oh so good with the screw-down pushers. However, the dial steals the show, and it alone explains why the Home Plate has become such a hotly sought after watch. Tudor has always been the branch of the Rolex company that took the risks and pushed the envelope, and all of their chronos are killer. The huge tritium lume plots are unlike anything else out there, and with a nice creamy patina, add tons of vintage charm.
Powered by a manually wound Valjoux 7734 movement, the Tudor differs from the Daytona a bit in terms of functionality. The Monte Carlo sways the Daytona’s hours chronograph subregister for a date, and counts up to 45 minutes. The cyclops date magnifier is a Rolex/Tudor trademark touch, but these Tudor chronos are the only instance of it found at 6 o’clock, and if you look closely, you’ll see that the crystal is not a standard “Top Hat” spun around, but the magnifier itself is rotated 90 degrees to a horizontal orientation over the date. Even if you’ve never been much of a cyclops fan, on this watch it just works!
Home Plates are not easy to find these days, and they come at a price, but what you’re getting for your money is an incredibly cool and unique vintage chronograph. We love so many of Tudor’s vintage pieces, but what we have here is something truly special.
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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 Monte Carlo