A perhaps more obvious path to take would be to venture in the direction of Tudor if you wanted in on the Wilsdorf scene while maintaining an air of individuality; though, I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't highlight how that now isn't entirely the case. That's because, over the past decade, we've seen the market for vintage and neo-vintage watches from the Rolex sister brand grow exponentially, making many once alternative choices now quite conventional and obvious. Despite this, there are a select few relics of the back catalog that still stand out.
It's not an early Big Crown, but it's definitely one of the more notable vintage Tudors that later become synonymous with the brand and its different approach to the hard-wearing tool watch. In this "Monte Carlo"-style configuration, featuring luminous indices reminiscent of baseball's home plate and a funky, 1970s color scheme, the Tudor chronograph is undoubtedly at its best, which the market would agree with. There's still an objective difference in the enthusiasm that surrounds the collecting of these as opposed to Daytonas, but interest in them certainly isn't decreasing any time soon.
This particular example is likely the nicest one on the market at the moment, and for that reason. If you've got a box, this piece checks it with a worn-though-unpolished case, clean dial, and still vibrant applications of orange found on the chronograph hand and outer tracing dial track. In other words, this is more or less what comes to mind upon mention of the reference, which is exactly what you want in an example of a watch like this. According to the seller, it apparently spent the last five years tucked away in a safe, so hopefully, it'll soon see the light of day on a more regular basis.
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