Tudor Prince Date 79260P Tiger
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In 1995 Tudor launched the new Prince chronograph. Up until this point the cases of the Tudor chronos had been quite deep and flat sided – a true ‘presence’ on the wrist. Gone were the flat sides and sharp edges and instead a softer case was utilized that was very similar to its stable mate the Rolex Daytona. This new sleek aesthetic was further enhanced by the introduction of a sapphire crystal, which accentuated the lower profile of the watch on the wrist and had an aluminum tachymeter insert in the bezel or a polished steel bezel.
As per their predecessors, the Big Blocks, the new 79200 series watches were initially available on steel Oyster bracelets, but Tudor’s interpretation of the Jubilee bracelet eventually became the default bracelet as the Oyster was faded out. It wasn’t just the Oyster bracelet that was phased out – the word Oyster disappeared from the dial and was replaced with “PRINCE”.
The Prince Dates were available with dials in a kaleidoscope of colours, many of which came with matching leather straps. The dial options were supplemented with versions that had painted Arabic hour markers instead of the applied baton markers.
Model Prince Date Reference 79260P Year 2000 Box/Papers Yes/No Bracelet Material Steel Dimension 40mm Dial Blue Arabic Case Material Steel Movement Automatic Water Resistance: 100 metres Gender Mens
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The Fourth Coming
The Prince Chronographs were Tudor’s fourth series of chronographs. The 79200 series were launched in 1995 and had a much sleeker case compared to earlier Tudor chronographs. Much like the Daytonas of the era, the Princes wore a low profile on the wrist with the introduction of the sapphire crystal.
Tudor introduced a new dial version with the Prince Chronos. Alongside the applied baton marker dials, they also offered dials with printed Arabic markers.
A New Bracelet
The Prince Chronos heralded a new bracelet design that took over from the Oyster bracelet. The five-link bracelet was a hybrid of the Jubilee and Oyster bracelets.
The 79260 is distinguished by its black tachymeter bezel. There were three different bezel types on the Tudor Chronos, each with a different reference number.