What makes a “hot watch” or a “watch hot”? There isn’t really a simple answer to this question as rarity, dealer-hype, key auction results, trends and clever marketing all have an impact. The vintage watch world moves in phases as different models, case sizes or complications become the focus and the spotlight has recently been on chronographs – as was spectacularly highlighted by the Phillips Start, Stop, Reset auction in May this year.
There were some record prices set across a wonderfully comprehensive selection of the world’s most important chronographs… and, of course, Revolution was delighted to see a Tudor amongst the offerings. Tudor has become one of the aforementioned hot watches of the past few years – from the revamped branding and launch of the Heritage line in 2010 through to the significant rise in interest (and prices) of the vintage pieces. There is no ignoring the fact that the little brother in the Wilsdorf family has come of age.
The Tudor back catalogue is as rich as it is diverse, but the two stars of the vintage show are the chronographs and the submariners. Both watches went through significant developments and incarnations over the years and for collectors there are a multitude of different styles and options to choose from. Here, we will focus on the chronographs and, in particular, the third series that were given the name “Big Block” by collectors.