1984 Big Block Chronograph Ref. 94300
An Early and Rare First Series Auto Chrono - The 'Chrono Time'. The first self-winding chronograph from the Wilsdorf stable, the Big Block was housed in a deep case to facilitate the auto-wind rotor. These watches are becoming sought after by collectors who might look for a larger alternative to the Rolex Daytona. The acrylic crystal and dial variations lend this watch a classic vintage air. This is a big watch that is all set to grow.
WATCH CONDITION REPORT
This Big Block has benefitted from a Rolex Service Centre service, with the associated case refresh which has restored the original factory lines. The Mk1 dial is in all original condition. The solid link Oyster bracelet is in good condition with minimal stretch and the correct 589 endlinks. This is a very honest and original watch. Our pictures are an important part of the condition report – please scrutinise them in detail. For any questions, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Model: Chronograph Reference: 94300 Year: 1984 Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; date; 12-hour chronograph stopwatch; tachymeter Material: Stainless-steel Strap: Steel Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet Dimension: 40mm Dial: Silver "Chrono Time" dial with black subdials Case: Stainless-steel Movement: Automatic chronograph Lume:
Hour indices, Arabic numerals and hour and minute hands treated with tritium lume Calibre: Tudor-modified Valjoux Water Resistance: No waterproof guarantee is offered with vintage watches Lug Width: 20mm Manufactured country: Switzerland
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THIRD SERIES TUDOR CHRONO
The Big Blocks were Tudor’s third series of chronographs. The first Big Blocks were launched in 1976 and there were a number of obvious aesthetic differences to previous chronographs. The most striking detail was the introduction of a third chronograph register on the dial - an hour indicator.
PANDA AND REVERSE PANDA
Following the colourful Homeplate and Monte Carlo dials in the first two series of chronos, the introduction of the Big Blocks heralded a more understated ‘Daytona-esque’ dial; most commonly either black with silver/white subdials or vice versa.
A FIRST FOR TUDOR
The biggest development was the introduction of an automatic movement making these watches the first self-winding chronographs from the Wilsdorf group and over a decade before Rolex introduced their first automatic Daytona chrono.
ALL ABOUT THE BEZELS
There were three references of Big Block - distinguishable by the different bezel types.