Tudor Chronograph Ref. 79280 Transtional Panda Dial - SOLD
When Tudor was introduced by Hans WIldorf in 1946, the brand's main draw was that the watches offered Rolex quality at a lower price point. Rolex knew it, too, using the brand name on casebacks and the crown logo on case crowns. In the 90s, Tudor started to separate itself as a brand, changing from the familiar Rolex Oyster trademark to the Prince nomenclature, and emblazoning the shield logo on casebacks and crowns. The same quality still remains today as Tudor is one of the most popular luxury watch brands among enthusiasts. What we have here is one of the final watches from the transitional period where Tudor abandoned the Rolex branding. The Tudor chronographs went from the older signature "Big Block" style to a slimmer case similar to the Daytona, at the same time changing over to a sapphire crystal from acrylic and adding a uniquely styled bracelet. Despite all these revisions, this panda dialed chrono is pre-"tiger" before the chronographs all added the moniker after Tiger Woods inked a sponsorship deal with Rolex. What's left is a clean dial with the modern features built on top of an incredibly solid foundation of robust oyster-cased chronographs. Condition is per the photos and as follows: Case: 40mm stainless steel case in excellent condition as shown. There are minor surface scratches and small marks commensurate with wear. Bezel: Polished steel tachymeter bezel in excellent condition with minor surface scratches but no significant damage and no missing paint. Dial/Hands: Black stick marker dial with light silver subdials and polished hands. Dial and hands are excellent and free from marks or stains. Crystal: Original sapphire crystal in excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or marks. Caseback: Steel Tudor marked caseback in very good condition with minor surface wear visible in the photos. Bracelet: Original bracelet with solid end links and folding clasp. Bracelet is excellent with only minor surface wear. Clasp is very clean and free from large marks. Linked to fit about a 7.75" wrist. Accessories: None, sold as watch only.