Tudor Oyster Automatic
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
Tudor’s sports models from the 1960s on occupy a special space in the hearts of many collectors. But to focus on that (albeit fruitful) era of Tudor’s history is to overlook some quality pieces. Take this watch, for example, which is one of the brand’s early automatics, dating from the 1940s.
In the early years, Tudor availed itself of movements made by A. Schild or Harwood, one of the pioneers of automatic movements. These were “bumper” wind movements, in which the rotor literally “bumps” off springs inside the case. Wearing these watches, and feeling the rotor bumping against the springs, is a tactile experience that you just don’t get from later automatic watches.
This particular watch shows signs of time well lived. The white dial is heavily patinated, but the coveted “small rose” logo (a hallmark of Tudor’s early years) is still visible. With its compact but sturdy 34mm case, this has all the makings of a robust everyday watch. And, coming from the personal collection of our buddy @wmbrownproject, this one's got style-guru provenance to boot!
When Rolex launched the Tudor Oyster Prince in the 1950s, founder Hans Wilsdorf (who also founded Rolex) intended the watch to be worn by the everyman.
Before the watch’s release, Tudor subjected six Oyster Princes to a “Trial of Destruction” in which a construction worker wore them—one after the other—while operating a jackhammer. After passing each trial, the Prince was heralded with ad campaigns showing construction workers and miners hard at work with watches proudly strapped to their wrists. The watch also saw real-world experience in the harsh environs of the Arctic, with the British North Greenland Expedition, drawing the “extreme admiration” of the men who wore them.
If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, we don’t know what is.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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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 Oyster Automatic