Steel Tudor / Rolex Oyster ‘Big Rose’ Second Series Ref. 7934 vintage wristwatch, dated 1960
A handsome stainless steel manually wound centre seconds wristwatch with bracelet
This is an exceptional example of the so-called ‘Big Rose’ Tudor with cross-hair dial. The case retains good definition and the dial is in outstanding original condition with attractive, raised, elongated dagger and arrow head numerals. 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, 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.
The watch is fitted to a stainless steel Rolex link bracelet – the bracelet itself was manufactured in England and is signed: “Rolex Made in England”. During the time that this watch was made, it was not unusual for Rolex or Tudor watches to be sold in the UK with bracelets that Rolex had manufactured locally. This bracelet has an unusually slim central link design but with typical Rolex, folding, adjustable clasp. The bracelet is detachable and the watch can be fitted to a leather strap, if preferred, as shown in one of the detail photographs.
Tudor calibre 1156 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber; silvered dial, elongated raised dagger and arrow-head numerals, large raised Rose motif, centre seconds; polished stainless steel Rolex Oyster case, chamfered bezel, the tops of the lugs with satin finish, screw-down Rolex crown and case back; case, dial, movement and crown signed; set to a stainless steel Rolex link bracelet and adjustable folding clasp.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 35mm
Length including lugs: 41mm
Depth including crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
Maximum bracelet length approx. 180mm
All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This Tudor watch has been serviced by a Rolex trained and accredited watchmaker.