Tudor Monte Carlo 7031 ‘Homeplate’ Full Set
The very first and rarest of all Tudor chronograph watches: reference 7031! The ‘Homeplate’ exceeds the rarity of its Rolex counterparts with so-called ‘Paul Newman dials’, making this the holy grail of any Tudor enthusiast. Furthermore, this is the only one currently known to be on the market as a full set and in museum condition.
In 1970 Tudor produced their first 2 chronograph references, one with the stainless steel bezel and one with acrylic inlay. Both were fitted with screw-down pushers and featured a colourful dial design that enhanced the funky ’70s vibe. For the minute-track, the lacquered chronograph hand and the minute totaliser a bright orange was used. Furthermore, the markers are eye-catching because of their yellow colour. Not only is this watch special just because of the colour, but also thanks to its shape, which is why it was dubbed the ‘Homeplate’.
Recently, the ‘Homeplate’ was awarded with a re-edition from Tudor, truly granting this watch the cult-status it deserves. However, as is the case with many sought-after historic models, it lacked popularity back in the day. This explains why the original papers were filled in and sold in 1976, four years after discontinuing this reference! Besides the original paperwork from Brussels, the box is also something that can’t go unnoticed. This valuable collector’s item is quite funny as it implies it can be used as an ashtray or box for cigarettes or peanuts.
Given the fact that the previous owner kept all these artefacts, it does maks sense the watch has also been kept in all-original condition, something that we hardly see for this reference. Possibly, because it uses lots of the same parts as the Daytona, which is way more valuable. For example, the bezel, MK0 Pushers and 700 crown, that total up to an amount of over €8000,-, were often replaced by service parts and sold separately. A unique feature of this model, requiring a rare and impossible to find crystal, is the date window displayed at the 6 o’clock position. Less rare but a necessity nonetheless is the original folded Oyster bracelet that is still supplied to this magnificent barn find.