Tudor History
the origins: from 1960 to 1969



Refinement and the art of feminine seduction are part of TUDOR’s stylistic history. Jewels of a resolutely modern elegance, these wristwatches are a perfect fit with the brand’s identity. Their sensual curves reveal the brand’s exceptional savoir-faire, in a marriage of style, precision and virtuosity.


The TUDOR Royal seen here is a ladies’ watch in 9 ct gold. Its case is ovalshaped with a round gold bezel. The dial is silvery white with gold Arabic numeral appliques. The barrel-shaped mechanical movement is one of the brand’s smallest, Calibre 343, which measures 13 mm wide, 15.55 mm long and 3.60 mm thick. It has a frequency of 21,600 beats per hour. Derived from the Peseux Calibre 342, it has no seconds hand and is equipped with a shock absorber system. The inside of the case back is inscribed with the notation “Made For Rolex”. The winding crown bears the Rolex crown insignia. The dial and the movement are engraved “TUDOR”. The flexible articulated snake chain bracelet is in 9 ct gold. The clasp bears the Rolex signature.


The TUDOR Oyster Prince Ranger model was introduced in the 1960s and was first listed in the catalogue in 1969. It remained in the catalogue until 1988. The model presented here (reference 7995/0) dates from 1967 and has a 34 mm waterproof steel case. Its matte black dial with the rose logo is punctuated with luminous rectangular hour markers and luminous Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. Its characteristically shaped hands also feature luminous material. Its self-winding movement is the ETA Calibre 2483 with the signature “TUDOR AUTO-PRINCE” on the rotor. The screw-down case back is engraved “MONTRES TUDOR S.A. GENEVA SWITZERLAND PATENTED” on the inside and it bears the signature “ORIGINAL OYSTER CASE BY ROLEX GENEVA” on the outside. The steel Oyster-type bracelet (reference 7835) has folding links and a Rolex signed clasp.



From 1969 onwards, with the principles of a classic aesthetic established beyond doubt and the brand’s production moving increasingly towards robust and technical products, the rose disappeared from the logo in favour of the shield – a symbol of solidity and unfailing reliability.


Produced from 1969 onwards, the Oyster Prince Date+Day is one of the largest TUDOR watches in the Prince line. The example of reference 7017/0 shown here has a 37.5 mm steel case. Its screw-down waterproof case back is inscribed “Montres TUDOR S.A. Geneva Switzerland Patented” on the inside. On the outside, the case back is engraved “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva”. The self-winding movement with date and day mechanisms is A.S. Calibre 1895. The rotor is signed “TUDOR AUTO-PRINCE SWISS MADE”. Its dial is metallic blue with a sunray finish and features baton hour markers as well as luminescent dots beside the hour markers on the minute track around the circumference of the dial, luminescent baton hands and a large seconds hand. The date is visible in an aperture at 3 o’clock and the day of the week in a large aperture at 12 o’clock. It has an Oyster-type bracelet, reference 7836, with folding links and a folding clasp signed Rolex.