Tudor Oyster ‘Big Rose’ Ref.7934 steel vintage wristwatch, dated 1959
A handsome stainless steel manually wound centre seconds wristwatch with bracelet
A great example of this increasingly hard to find model, this watch features a distinctive cross-hair dial with elongated dagger and arrowhead hour indexes. The large raised rose motif, which lends the watch its nickname, sits at the 12 o’clock position. The so-called ‘Big Rose’ model has become one of the most iconic of Tudor’s vintage production. During the 1920s and 1930s, Tudor used only their brand name on the dials of their watches. However, from 1936, the watchmaker began to use the emblem of the Tudor rose on their dials in much the same way as their parent company, Rolex, used the crown symbol. The Rose emblem was at first a small logo contained within a shield, the ‘Big Rose’ was featured on only a small number of models. A history of the development of the Tudor logo can be found in: Isnardi, A., Tudor Anthology, 2013, p.2.
One of the earliest examples of this version of the ‘Big Rose’ model, the dial of this watch is in excellent original condition, retaining a rich lustre to the surface. The detachable riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet is date stamped for 1972 and was therefore most likely added during a servicing, there is some stretch to the bracelet links.
[M] Tudor calibre 1156 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] silvered dial, elongated raised dagger and arrow-head numerals, large raised Rose motif, centre seconds [C] polished stainless steel Rolex Oyster case, chamfered bezel, the tops of the lugs with satin finish, screw-down Rolex crown and case back [B] stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted link bracelet with adjustable folding clasp [S] case, dial, movement, crown and bracelet signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 35mm
Length including lugs: 41mm
Depth including crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
This Tudor has been serviced by a Rolex trained and accredited watchmaker and is sold with a one year guarantee. The watch will be accompanied by a Black Bough leather watch pouch and detailed Black Bough certificate.