This Tudor Tiger Prince Date Ref. 79280 from 2002 is in great condition. Made popular by Tiger Woods endorsement in the late 90s, Tudor was able to fill a gap in the market with this chronograph, which has become highly collectable for enthusiasts.
On first glance, this Tiger Prince Date takes after its big brother, the Rolex Daytona. While easily comparable on the surface with its full stainless steel case, bracelet, and bezel, there are key points of difference such as the date window, movement, and thickness.
The case itself measures 40mm in diameter, 14mm in thickness, and has a lug width of 20mm. Overall, the case shape is well-designed to fit an array of wrists, and being full stainless steel, it presents itself at its full size versus a contrasting bezel, which often can make the watch feel smaller. The case has minor wear present around the sides, lug edges, and bezel.
The bold, glossy black dial is finished with luminous hands and hour markers that make it easy to read the time, even in low light conditions. There is also a date display with a cyclops window at the 3 o'clock position that adds to the watch's functionality; this can be quickset via the Tudor-signed crown, which winds smoothly. The subdials at 6, 9, and 12 o'clock add a unique difference in comparison to the Rolex Daytona's 3, 6, and 9 o'clock layout. This design by Tudor allows for the date function and offsets the logo and title of the watch to 3 o'clock as well. The condition of the dial is great, with only minor dust around the cyclops.
Powering the watch is the Valjoux 7750, which is an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound. The screw-down pushers are traditionally located to the right of the watch, above and below the crown. The Tudor 62490 stainless steel Jubilee bracelet is in great condition with full links; the clasp code is stamped X12. Finally, the watch is fully functional and running at -2 seconds per day.