On offer today, we have something special - and something scarce too, yes, it's a Tudor Grantour Date chronometer. Sourced from a leading Milan Rolex dealership in 2010 as of course, then, like now, Tudor watches are not officially imported into this country.
The watch is truly in mint collectors condition having been rarely worn and taken from it's original packaging in the intervening years since manufacture - indeed, the cellophane back protector is still fitted. This ensemble comes double boxed, complete with hang tag, spare links, credit card/passport/guarantee and instruction manual - a truly magnificent full set. To me, this watch is rather special, it has the purer case shape that this iteration of the Grantour was famed for along with the bezel markings in the Porsche font. So there you have it, rarer and more chic than a Submariner and at less than half the price.
And now, a little information about this model: -
Model: - Grantour date Rotor automatic watch Tudor available 2009 - 2012.
Case: - stainless steel, polished and satined, 42mm case diameter without crown, case-height 10.9 mm.
Bezel: - with black inlay and 12 hours scaling marked in Porsche font.
Bracelet: - polished steel and satined, Security deployant buckle with the manufacturer logo, 205mm length including case.
Dial: - grey/black, with applied stainless steel indexes, stainless steel luminous hand, displaying hours, minutes and second from the center, date display at 3 Watch.
Crystal: - Sapphire GLASS.
Crown: - Of Rolex triple-lock design, SCREW-DOWN crown with flank protection and manufacturer Logo.
Movement: - Tudor 2824, 25 jewels, 26mm diameter, 4.6mm thickness, 38 hour power reserve operating on a frequency of 28800 vph.
Weight: - 147g.
Model reference: - 20500N - 95720
With the vital statistics dealt with, here are a few words about the design and Porsche collection from Montres Tudor SA themselves: -
Inspired by Gran Turismo, the Grantour line was introduced in 2009 in conjunction with Porsche designating Tudor as the timing partner for Porsche Motorsports. From Porsche’s website:
With the timepiece brand “Tudor” Porsche has won another strong brand for Porsche motorsport. As “Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” the timepiece company has committed to a long term alliance with Porsche. Tudor, a brand of Rolex, is the official partner of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and is present at all Formula 1-supporting Carrera Cup races.
The partnership was timed to coincide with Tudor’s market launch of a new high-end collection of watches with the name “Grantour”. The first presentation of the new creation, where images of road-homologated Porsche sports cars are utilized in its communications, could be seen at the Basel World Trade Fair from 26 March to 2 April 2009.