Tudor, Tiger Prince Date, Automatic, "Chrono-Time," chronograph Ref. 79260, case made by Rolex, Geneva. Circa late 1990's. Self-winding, water resistant to 100 m, stainless steel wristwatch with date, round button chronograph, registers, tachometer and a stainless steel Tudor bracelet with deployant clasp.
Case: Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back, crown and buttons, black bezel with tachometer graduation to 500 UPH, "Triplock" winding-crown, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens.
Dials: Bicolor silver and black with Arabic numerals and luminous dots, outer 1/5th seconds division, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 30-minute and 12-hour registers, aperture for the date. Luminous black bâton hands.
Movement: Caliber Valjoux 7750, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, micrometer regulator.
Ref. Ref. 79260
Circa late 1990's
Diameter: 40mm Thickness: 14mm
Tudor introduced the Tiger chronograph in 1996 following on the Tudor Oysterdate Chrono Time ref. 79180 "Big Block" . The chronograph was released with the name TIGER in bold red under the minute counter of the watch. This was the first time that Tudor (or Rolex for that matter) was printing the name of a sportsman or celebrity on the dial of one of its reference.
Tiger Woods was exactly 21 years old and had just turned professional, by April 1997 he had won Three PGA Tournaments and the 1997 Masters. The watch was a minor success for Tudor but did not save it from closing its USA distribution in the early 2000's. Tiger Woods would later join Tag Heuer and finally come back signing with Rolex.
This particular watch is in excellent condition and should be a nice addition to any collection.