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Tudor
MONTE-CARLO 'HOMEPLATE', REF 7031/0 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1971
Dial: black
Calibre: cal. 7734 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown, pushers and back
Case number: 759'354
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm, bracelet circumference approx. 165mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Tudor booklet, 3 additional bracelet links and presentation case
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Catalogue Note

In 1971, Tudor launched references the 7031 and the 7032, ‘the Oysterdate’,  perhaps more affectionately nicknamed and known as the ‘Home plate’ due to the luminous hour markers resembling the home plate of a baseball field.  Rather unusually for the time, these were all released in very large 40mm cases with crown guards and screw down pump pushers.  They all featured the signature sporty orange accents and unusual pentagonal detailing that made them so recognisable, even in the two short years they were in production. However there were several configurations of the dial and cases; 

The Ref. 7031 featured the black acrylic bezel, whilst the Ref. 7032 featured the brush Steel bezel. Two variations of the ref. 7031 were made in 1971: the version with a grey dial and black registers, and a much rarer version, seen here, with a black dial and grey registers. There also existed the Ref 7033 which featured the bi-rotating acrylic bezel, but this was never made in series or at least never went beyond the prototype stage. It’s particularly wonderful to find a black dial example with the collectible and original bright orange box.

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