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Tudor Prince Oysterdate

With the Prince Oysterdate series, Tudor succeeded in taking the design of the legendary Oyster case and adding its own unique twist. The Prince Oysterdate is still considered to be a functional, reliable and robust model to this day and enjoys huge popularity thanks to its design.  More

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Buy a truly revolutionary watch with the Prince Oysterdate

The Tudor Prince Oysterdate generally refers to all Tudor watches with automatic movements, date functions as well as Oyster bracelets and became well-known for its “Big Block” chronographs in particular. While Rolex was initially involved in the production, Tudor gradually began to produce the watch parts alone in order to set themselves apart from their big sister brand and develop their brand profile.

What does the Prince Oysterdate stand for?

If you take a look at the Tudor’s back catalogue, you will almost get dizzy deciphering the various “Prince”, “Oyster” and “Date” variations. To get a better grasp of things, it is helpful to actually understand the origins of the Tudor Prince Oysterdate. This requires a little journey back in time.

It starts with the obligatory connection to Rolex. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, always saw Tudor as the cheaper alternative to his prestigious Rolex brand. Tudor had access to the same materials and technology as Rolex but delivered them to a wider audience. Many of the early models were equipped with the water-resistant Oyster case and sold as the Tudor Oyster. On this basis, “Oyster” at Tudor usually refers to the use of the Rolex Oyster bracelet. The Oyster Prince then followed in 1952 and introduced the automatic movement developed by Rolex. At Tudor, the addition of “Prince” in the name is therefore often synonymous with an automatic movement. The term “Date” is relatively self-explanatory and is added to Tudor watches with date functions.

Put these three elements together and you get the Prince Oysterdate – a Tudor watch with an automatic movement and date function on an Oyster bracelet. Tudor did, however, use the Prince Oysterdate to distinguish the Submariner models with date functions – the Ref. 7021 (1969) and the Ref. 79090 (1989) – from the rest of the series. However, the Prince Oysterdate became far more popular as a chronograph in the so-called Big Block series.

Prices of the Tudor Prince Oysterdate

How much does a pre-owned Prince Oysterdate cost?

  • Available for a price of €5.970, the Prince Oysterdate Big Block (Ref. 79180) features a 40 mm wide stainless steel case with black totalisers at 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, which form an enchanting contrast with the white dial. Additionally, there is a date window at 3 o'clock.

  • The Prince Oysterdate Big Block Exotic (Ref. 9430/0) is a chronograph model with an intricate minute scale in the style of a roulette wheel. It has a so-called “Exotic” dial and an opulent black bezel. The pre-owned price for this particular model is €14,200.

  • A solid stainless steel case and shiny silver Panda dial make the Prince Oysterdate Chronograph (Ref. 79170) a real eye-catcher. For €7,350, this sporty yet elegant chronograph with an automatic movement could be yours.

  • The Prince Oysterdate (Ref. 79280) also convinces with a high-contrast Panda dial. You can buy this pre-owned Prince Oysterdate for €5,820 or finance it from €94 per month.

  • Dive into your next adventure with the Prince Oysterdate (Ref. 73091). The two-tone model for women is water-resistant up to 200 m and has a discreet case size of 33 mm. You can buy this Prince Oysterdate pre-owned for €2,130.

The Tudor chronographs were introduced in 1970 with manual winding as the Tudor Oysterdate and were only offered from 1977 onwards as the Prince Oysterdate with automatic movements. The case had to be significantly enlarged to make room for the ETA Valjoux 7750 calibre, which earned the watch the name “Big Block” among fans. The new calibre changed both the number of totalisers and the way they were arranged. With the addition of the new hours totaliser, the totalisers were moved to the left side of the dial. In terms of appearance, the 94XX model series is characterised by the contrasting plastic totalisers and the high contrast of the black and white dials. These dials are also known as Panda (white dial with black totalisers) and Reverse Panda (black dial with white totalisers) styles.

In 1995, the Prince Oysterdate was given a visual and technical update with the 792XX models. The case, which seemed to have fallen somewhat out of favour somewhat due to its imposing features, was given softer lines. Instead of the original white, the dial shone in silver and contrasted with the cream-coloured totalisers. With the 792XX models, Tudor also switched from Plexiglas to aluminium on the bezel and sapphire crystal for the watch glass. In addition to the Rolex crown and case back, the Oyster bracelet was replaced by a Jubilé bracelet, allowing Tudor to continue to distinguish themselves from their big sister brand. Similarly, the word “Oyster” disappeared from the dial and was replaced with the lettering “Prince”, that gave the models their name of the “Prince Date”. In 2000, the Big Block series was finally discontinued.

Tiger Woods and the Tudor Tigers

From 1997 to 2002, the American professional golfer Tiger Woods was the official brand ambassador for Tudor. Tudor celebrated this collaboration with the so-called Tudor Tigers, watches that bear the golfer's nickname on their dial. This is a notable detail of the Prince Oysterdate Ref. 79280, where Tiger Woods' name is located underneath the totaliser at 12 o'clock.

These Tudor series are also worth investing in

  • A lesser-known fact: Tudor and Rolex worked on developing their version of the Submariner at the same time. However, it was Rolex who released this first in 1953 and Tudor who followed suit in 1954 with their Submariner. Up until 1999, the Tudor Submariner was an integral part of the Tudor product range with more than 20 different models available and is still a sought-after vintage series today.

  • The Submariner lives on today in the 2012 Heritage Black Bay series, which draws on the visual features of the original cult series and adds a modern touch to bring them into the 21st century. It’s no wonder that it quickly became a bestseller. Since 2015, more of the Heritage Black Bay models have also been fitted with Tudor's specially developed calibres.

  • The Pelagos, which is water-resistant up to a depth of 500 m, was released back in 2012 around the same time as the Heritage Black Bay. This impressive water-resistance means it is mainly aimed at professional divers.

  • In 2009, Tudor underwent a complete restructuring process, which also marked the end of the Prince Oysterdate chronographs. The successor was the Grantour, a racing driver's watch with chronograph complication, which already hinted at Tudor's collaboration with Porsche.

  • The sporting spirit of the brand is also reflected in the North Flag, a tribute to the model that assisted on the North Greenland expedition in 1952.

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