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Tudor Monte Carlo ‘Home Plate’ Chronograph Ref. 7032/0

$30,895

Pre-owned Tudor 40mm Monte Carlo ‘Home Plate’ Chronograph, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 7032/0

Produced for approximately two years, the Monte Carlo was the first chronograph produced by Tudor. As a brand, Tudor was intended to bring affordable watches to Rolex customers.  Under its unique brand name, Tudor experimented with designs that Rolex might later adopt, or not.  These Monte Carlo chronographs became known as “Home Plate” dials due to their hour markers’ resemblance to the baseball diamond’s home plate.  The interesting design of these chronographs have been a hit with collectors ever since they were first introduced.  At 40mm, what was initially perceived as a large watch, they are a perfect modern size.  The steel bezel includes a tachymeter scale for use with the chronograph, which uses an orange-red hand.  The pushers are screw-in, which protect them from being pushed when under water.  Powered by a hand-winding Valjoux caliber 7734 movement, the watch has a well-made and respected movement that has received a recent service, which includes passing pressure testing and a new crystal.  The bracelet is the correct 7836 bracelet with 380 end links  and shows very little stretch. The tritium lume on the dial face has mostly deteriorated, with full lume still on the hour and minute hands. Under magnification, the lacquer on the dial has developed small darker spots, which is typical for these dials.  This Monte Carlo still charms today as much as did when first introduced, and perhaps more so based on how few remain.  It’s an attractive watch that should please fans of vintage chronographs.

 

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet

Bezel

Tachymeter

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Brand

Tudor

Caliber

Valjous 7734

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

40mm

Caseback

Solid

Complication

Date, Chronograph

Crown

Screw Down Crown

Crystal Material

Acrylic

Dial Color

Gray

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Size

40mm – 42mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0005396
Model #7032/0
Model NameTudor Monte Carlo 'Home Plate' Chronograph
Year Producedca 1971
Serial Number759XXX

Description

Since 1936 when Hans Wilsdorf acquired the Tudor name, Tudor watches have been associated with Rolex.  Even with the launch of Tudor as a separate company in 1946, Rolex continued to play a major role that reflected Hans Wilsdorf’s vision of a brand that would be more modestly priced than a Rolex but still maintain the high standard of dependability.  Tudor’s first models, such as the 1952 Oyster Prince had features unique to the Tudor brand but still were based on Rolex components, primarily the Oyster case.  This successful relationship continued with the Tudor Advisor alarm watch and the Tudor dive watch that was introduced only a few months after the introduction of the Rolex Submariner.

With the second generation of the Tudor dive watch, Tudor began to further define itself as a unique brand.  The French Navy requested a modification to enhance underwater legibility, which led to the now-iconic “snowflake” hands, with a larger square on the hour hand to easily distinguish it from the minute hand.  Also, the logo was changed from the previous Tudor Rose to the Tudor Shield that we recognize in a modern Tudor watch.  Around this same time, Tudor introduced its first chronograph named Oysterdate, which had a strong graphic and unique design, which still attracts fans with the modern reissued watch.

Near the beginning of the new century, Tudor ceased sales in the USA due to a lower demand.  When Tudor returned in 2013 with design elements from their historical models that also included larger cases, in-house movements and modern materials, watch aficionados embraced Hans Wilsdorf’s founding desire, to manufacture an affordable watch with high standards.   Tudor continues to be associated with Rolex, but with its own unique collections, Tudor has made a place of its own among watch enthusiasts.