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Montecarlo

Maker:

Tudor

Model:

Montecarlo

Reference No.:

7149/0

Date:

Circa 1978

Serial No.:

843XXX

Case:

The case is in lovely unrestored condition, it has never been polished at it has been well looked after all its life. The serial and reference numbers are correctly punch-numbered between the lugs, it has the original screw-down winder and chrono buttons and the original blue bezel which is in perfect condition

Dial:

The dial is flawless, it has the original lume markers and the calendar is working well

Hands:

The hands are the original hour, minute and chronograph hands and they have their original lume and paint finish

Movement:

Valjoux 234 movement signed MONTRE TUDOR SA GENEVA

Strap:

Original signed and dated riveted stainless steel bracelet signed ROLEX USA C+I 78

Price:

£18,000

Info:

Rolex first introduced the Tudor Montecarlo with the reference 7031 & 7032 – otherwise known as the ‘Home plate' owing to its distinctive lume index markers, which resemble baseball home plates. The present watch - the 7149 was introduced in 1972, it different in a few ways; the indices are baton-form, the hands were streamlined and the two refs came with a choice of a blue & grey dial with a lovely blue Bakelite bezel or black & grey dial with a black Bakelite bezel. The Montecarlo was a sports watch and a great many of them were damaged and the bezel tended to suffer because Bakelite is prone to damage. The present example is one of the rare exceptions because the bezel is perfect, it has no dings or dents and the blue colour is outstanding and hasn't faded at all. Similarly the dial and the case are in terrific condition and the lovely early original bracelet is the icing on the cake.