Tudor Date-Day Prince Oysterdate Linen Dial
- Reference 94500
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Case Diameter: 34.5mm
Lug to Lug: 44mm
Case: Stainless steel
Condition: No significant wear as seen
The case has little wear with even, sharp, lugs that look unpolished. The linen dial has a very light tropical patina happening around the outside near the hour markers. The watch is on one of our handmade French straps with a steel buckle.
Tudor Oyster timepieces, introduced in 1946, were manual-wind watches housed in 34mm steel Oyster cases with a wide range of dial variations. In 1952, the "Oyster Prince" was introduced, indicating the presence of an automatic movement, which was Tudor's equivalent to Rolex's "Perpetual." These automatic movements were modified by Tudor but based on the Fleurier Calibre 390, making them bulletproof almost. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Tudor, aimed to create watches of the same quality and reliability as Rolex. He introduced the Oyster case and auto-wind movement, which he believed would make these watches stand up to his high expectations and promise. The Oyster case is iconic and one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing designs of the 20th century. The Oyster was designed to hermetically seal the movement inside the case using screws and seals. The introduction of the three-piece case made replacing scuffed and cracked crystals easier and is still in use today. The screw-down crown and case back were still key features, but the bezel pressed over the crystal to seal the case.
Collectors of vintage Tudor Oysters are fascinated by the variety of dial variations, particularly the "waffle" dials. These textured dials, available in black or gently patinated ivory, elevate a watch to new heights. Some notable examples include the Tropical 7909, a tropical gilt dial that has aged to a brown hue, the FEF390-powered automatic Oyster, and the Monoblocco 7809. The Waffle Dial 7904, a manual-wind Oyster with a slim, low-profile case, showcases incredible printing quality. The Oversize 7919 Oysterdate Waffle is a unique watch with a black waffle dial, crisp gilt lettering, and a gilt-colored window around the date aperture. The Tudor Prince Oysterdate ref. 90900, from 1996, is another timeless timepiece with a silver dial and long-applied hour markers.
In 1946, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf founded Montres Tudor SA, a wristwatch brand aimed at producing high-quality watches at affordable prices. Tudor's first models, the Oyster and Oyster Prince, blended Rolex style and build quality with a more market-friendly retail price. In 1954, Tudor released the iconic Oyster Prince Submariner, which shared many of its features with Rolex's 6204 Submariner.
Tudor has a history of use in military and sporting contexts, with France's Marine Nationale issuing Tudor watches to its members throughout the 20th century. Other military organizations, such as the Jamaican Defense Force, Canadian Navy, and United States Navy, chose the Tudor Submariner as their go-to watch due to its outstanding durability and build quality.
Tudor is known for its experimental designs, including unique integrated cases, colorful dial chronographs, and "Montecarlo"-inspired color schemes. Today, Tudor's lineup combines minimalistic tool watches and eye-catching chronographs. Five of its most popular modern models include the Black Bay, Black Shield, Ranger, and Pelagos.
The Black Bay is a stylish, functional dive watch inspired by Tudor watches of the 1950s. It measures 41mm and is waterproof to 200m, drawing inspiration from several of Tudor's iconic 1950s Submariner dive watches. The Black Bay's dial is both functional and elegant, with pink gold hands and lume plots and a unidirectional rotating bezel made from steel.
The Fastrider Black Shield is a bold, midsized chronograph with a matte black dial, bezel, and ceramic monobloc case. Inspired by the Ducati XDiavel, the Black Shield is a tactical watch that brings Tudor's sense of style into the modern day.
The Tudor Heritage Ranger is a minimalist, function-over-form tool watch that closely resembles the Oyster Prince Ranger of the 1960s. It features an Explorer-inspired dial, a larger stainless steel case, and an in-house TUDOR calibre 2824 movement with a total power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
Tudor Date-Day Prince Oysterdate Linen Dial
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