Steel Tudor / Rolex Oyster ‘Big Rose’ First Series Ref. 7934 vintage wristwatch, circa 1958
A stainless steel manually wound centre seconds wristwatch
This Tudor Oyster is from the first generation of the so-called ‘Big Rose’ Ref. 7934. The first and second generation of the ‘Big Rose’ both feature cross-hair dials with elongated dagger and arrow head numerals. However, the first generation of the ‘Big Rose’ has a more matte finished silvered dial and the numerals are outwardly faceted at the quarters and rounded at the intervening hours, this compares to the second generation ‘Big Rose’ which has a silk matte silvered dial and numerals of similar shape to the first generation but which are all inwardly faceted. The first generation ‘Big Rose’ also features a differently styled case back to that of the second generation, with steep chamfer to the outer edge of the screw-down case back found in the first series. The first series ‘Big Rose’ Ref. 7934 appeared in the late 1950s and the changeover to the second series occurred around 1959.
The large applied Rose motif, which lends the watch its nickname, sits at the 12 o’clock position. The ‘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. A history of the development of the Tudor logo can be found in: Isnardi, A., Tudor Anthology, 2013, p.2.
[M] Tudor calibre 1156 manually wound movement with pink gilt finish, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] matte silvered dial, raised elongated dagger and arrow head numerals, dauphine hands, blued steel centre seconds, outer minute/seconds track [C] stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with polished finish, the tops of the lugs with satin finish, screw-down Rolex crown, screw-down satin finished case back, chamfered bezel [S] case, dial, movement and crown signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 40mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
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