Tudor Oyster Automatic Bumper Ref. 951

Buy for: $1,235.00

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The Reference

Just looking at this watch with an oyster case, Rolex crown, and bubble back screw down caseback you could think that it is fairly standard. The Tudor Oyster automatic reference 951 is actually a bit of oddball and it takes some history to understand why. You see Rolex built its brand name around the Oyster Perpetual movement which was the first automatic caliber wristwatch movement with a centrally-mounted rotor that spun 360 degrees. The first Oyster Perpetual came out in 1931 bumper movements we seen as lesser in the eyes of Rolex, in fact, they never fitted a single production Rolex with a bumper movement. So why almost 15 years after the release of the Oyster Perpetual movement did they fit a bumper movement to a Tudor? Were they experimenting with public perception of the bumper? Did AS give them a good deal on the movement? Did they feel like Rolex not offering a bumper was a gap in the market? Were not sure but we enjoy the many theories that this watch presents.

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The Case

The 34mm case is in good condition. The design is a classic Rolex/Tudor oyster case with a screw-down bubble back caseback and a later replacement Rolex crown. The caseback features engravings of the reference number and the serial number. The acrylic crystal is in very good condition.

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The Dial and Hands

The dial is a very pleasing aged silver with raised Arabic numerals and arrowhead markers. Also seen are lume plots above the numerals which are rarely seen and match the luminous sword hands. The outer minute track, printed Tudor flower logo, and swiss made printing complete the dials look.

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The Movement

This watch features a Tudor signed AS 1250 automatic bumper movement with sweeping enter second hand. The watch is running and the service history is not known.

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Seller WatchSafari
Auction Number 425
Location New York City
Brand Tudor
Model Oyster Automatic
Reference Number 951
Movement Manual, AS 1250 Bumper
Year 1940s
Dial Silver
Case Width 34mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Leather Strap
Clasp Type Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

Buy for: $1,235.00

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