Model 7032/0, case number 7593XX, made in the first quarter of 1971, the Tudor Oysterdate was the first of the exotic dialled watches from the little brother of Rolex, and soon became known as the ‘Home plate’ after the design of the hour indices. Made for only two years, between 1970 and 1972, the Home Plate is the most exotically dialled Tudor ever made and, by far, the most desirable. Known as the ‘Paul Newman’ of Tudors, it is, by far, a much more rare watch which has appreciated more than any other Tudor model in the past few years.
The watch uses a much more robust case than the contemporary Valjoux powered Daytonas, which seem almost dainty in comparison to the Tudor. The bezel is in gorgeous condition, with few of the edge dings which they are so prone to collecting.
The perfect original dial is excellent, and exhibits only a little of the spotting or fading for which this model is so well known. The original twin faceted white gold hands are in excellent condition with just a little corrosion visible under a loupe, near the centre post. All of the luminous is intact, has faded to a wonderful creamy pink colour; but, understandably, given the forty years of use it has had, no longer glows.
The movement is the classic Valjoux manual wind 7734, with 17 jewels, 36 hour power reserve and date function at 6. The 7734 was introduced in 1969 and the Tudor 7032 the following year, so this watch was one of the first to use this new movement, which had almost as short a life as the 7032, being discontinued after nine years and the production line sold to the Russian ‘Poljot’ factory, where it continues as the Poljot 3133.
The case is 95% whilst the movement is also 95% and the dial is 90+%.
The watch measures 39.5mm diameter, 47.5mm lug to lug, 13mm high and takes a 20 mm strap and the original Rolex signed folded 7836 bracelet with all 13 links is still fitted.