Tudor Prince Oysterdate

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SKU AS02378
SKU AS02378

Why We Love it

Watchmakers are artisans. Although it can be hard to realize in this age of mass machinery, the actual business of making a watch (let alone making it run, which is another matter entirely) takes an enormous amount of skill. And we’re not just talking about those watchmakers in the highest echelons of haute horology, the F.P. Journes and Philip Dufours of the world who are celebrated the world over for the intricacy and elegance of their designs.

Take Tudor, for example. Although it started as Rolex’s gateway brand, the quality of Tudor’s products were by no means inferior to Rolex’s. In fact, the use of many of the same parts as Rolex (including dials and the patented Oyster cases) ensured that the consumer was getting Rolex quality at a slightly lower price point.

It’s in vintage Tudor models like the Tudor Prince Oysterdate 34, particularly, that this is most apparent. From its inception, the Tudor Prince has been shrouded in a mantle of sheer uncompromising toughness. Early ad campaigns stressed the watch’s resilience, and its participation in the British North Greenland Expedition brought awareness of the brand to the world.

For all this talk of toughness, one might think that these watches lacked a certain elegance, but watches like this Reference 7914 prove that that just isn’t the case.

In looks and spirit the Reference 7914 hearkens back to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, at the time Rolex’s entry-level date model. The stainless steel case is the same as those used by Rolex, as evinced by the presence of a Rolex crown. Although modest at 34mm, the case is beefy with long lugs, and wears larger than the size would suggest.

But perhaps the most beautiful feature of this watch is the dial. Textured dials like this one are a holdover from the times when every component of a watch was constructed by hand, or milled on a hand-powered machine. This particular type of textured dial is known as 'honeycomb' or 'waffle', due to the impression the crosshatch pattern gives.

Difficult to construct, these dials are also difficult—one might even say impossible—to refinish, and are thus highly prized by collectors as a sign of the watch's authenticity. 

Wearing such a watch, and viewing how the light captures the texture of the dial—lightly touched with patina—one realizes that, although it might not bear the signature of a contemporary master, it’s no less a work of art.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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 Prince Oysterdate

Tudor Prince Oysterdate

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Sold
Tudor Prince Oysterdate

Why We Love it

Watchmakers are artisans. Although it can be hard to realize in this age of mass machinery, the actual business of making a watch (let alone making it run, which is another matter entirely) takes an enormous amount of skill. And we’re not just talking about those watchmakers in the highest echelons of haute horology, the F.P. Journes and Philip Dufours of the world who are celebrated the world over for the intricacy and elegance of their designs.

Take Tudor, for example. Although it started as Rolex’s gateway brand, the quality of Tudor’s products were by no means inferior to Rolex’s. In fact, the use of many of the same parts as Rolex (including dials and the patented Oyster cases) ensured that the consumer was getting Rolex quality at a slightly lower price point.

It’s in vintage Tudor models like the Tudor Prince Oysterdate 34, particularly, that this is most apparent. From its inception, the Tudor Prince has been shrouded in a mantle of sheer uncompromising toughness. Early ad campaigns stressed the watch’s resilience, and its participation in the British North Greenland Expedition brought awareness of the brand to the world.

For all this talk of toughness, one might think that these watches lacked a certain elegance, but watches like this Reference 7914 prove that that just isn’t the case.

In looks and spirit the Reference 7914 hearkens back to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, at the time Rolex’s entry-level date model. The stainless steel case is the same as those used by Rolex, as evinced by the presence of a Rolex crown. Although modest at 34mm, the case is beefy with long lugs, and wears larger than the size would suggest.

But perhaps the most beautiful feature of this watch is the dial. Textured dials like this one are a holdover from the times when every component of a watch was constructed by hand, or milled on a hand-powered machine. This particular type of textured dial is known as 'honeycomb' or 'waffle', due to the impression the crosshatch pattern gives.

Difficult to construct, these dials are also difficult—one might even say impossible—to refinish, and are thus highly prized by collectors as a sign of the watch's authenticity. 

Wearing such a watch, and viewing how the light captures the texture of the dial—lightly touched with patina—one realizes that, although it might not bear the signature of a contemporary master, it’s no less a work of art.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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