We have here a stunning Tudor Oyster 'Elegante' 7984 from 1959 with a fantastic almost futuristic dial. The sharp, original, satin silvered dial with numerals that we can't take our eyes off, Thorn tip chrome, baton markers and stick mixture with art deco style rare 12 /6 numerals - hour, minute and central seconds hands complete the dial and create a sense of symmetry. The smaller, Tudor Rose logo is at 12 o'clock where the dial is signed, 'Tudor, Oyster, 'Elegante' and 'Shock-Resisting' at 6.
The 34mm, stainless steel, Oyster case (produced by Rolex) has a polished bezel that draws the eye to the dial. A thickness of 10mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist for both him or her. A Rolex-signed, screw-down crown is on the right hand side. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back. Inside a manually-wound caliber 2402, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a simple black leather strap, but it can wear anything.
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Ref. 7960 is a slim Oyster model with a less pronounced profile than the majority of Oyster models of the period, indeed, the model can sometimes be found with the model name “Oyster Thin” rather than “Oyster Elegante”. The movement is a calibre 2402 with a depth of just 3.6mm. During the period of this model’s production, Rolex was also offering the Rolex Oyster Ref. 6512, which they called the “Oyster Veriflat”. The “Veriflat” was reputedly only available in gold and the proportions of its case (most notably its depth) appear to be very similar to those of the Tudor Oyster “Elegante” / “Thin”. As the 1950s advanced towards the 1960s, slim dress watches were becoming increasingly popular. Clearly both the Tudor Oyster 7960 and Rolex Oyster 6512 were intended to offer the option of a classic model with a slimmer profile, yet with all the advantages of the robust and iconic Oyster case.
Just after the Second World War, Hans Wilsdorf, founder of Rolex, knew that the time had come to expand and give the Tudor brand a true identity of its own. He created the “Montres TUDOR S.A.” company on the 6th March 1946, specializing in models for men and women. Rolex guaranteed the technical, aesthetic, and functional characteristics, along with the distribution and after-sales service.
In 1947 Tudor introduced the Oyster, their first waterproof watch, building on the success of the Rolex Oyster of the same period. In 1952, 26 Tudor Oyster Prince watches were included in the British scientific expedition to Greenland, organised by the Royal Navy and sponsored by The Queen. This showed the world how robust Tudor Oyster watches were.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
We love a classic, timeless design so it is no wonder that we are big fans of this Tudor! The Rocket / thorn tip batons and almost abstract numbers are quite unique, A slimmer oyster case with strap options on request - The perfect watch for him or her, great for a vintage watch newbie and a must have in any collection! As good as its Rolex counterpart and half the cost!
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1959
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 10mm
Lug to Lug : 40.5
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover