Tudor. A Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch with “Snowflake” Hands from the Original Owner
Model: Prince Oysterdate Submariner
Case No: 84xxxx
ETA Cal. 2784 automatic movement, 25 jewels, blue matte dial, luminous square, baton and triangle numerals, luminous “Snowflake” hands, center seconds, outer minute divisions, magnified date window, circular water-resistant-type case, blue bezel calibrated to 60 units, screw down crown with crown guards, screw back, case, dial, and movement signed
With Tudor Presentation box, Guarantee, Tie-Tag, and Outer Packaging
Forty-one years after founding Rolex SA, Hans Wildorf launched a second company called Tudor. Tudor watches became popular in their own right for their durability and similar design to the more expensive Rolex tool watches.
The first Tudor Submariner was the reference 7922, released in 1954 as the brand’s first diver’s watch. In 1968, Tudor introduced two new references of the Oyster Prince Submariner that featured newly upgraded ETA movements. References 7016/0 and 7021/0 were available with a choice of blue or black dial color, and had similar case dimensions and design, with the major difference between these two references being the addition of a date mechanism in the 7021/0. These models featured a new dial and hand design, using larger square-shaped and rectangular hour markers, and matching hour hands with uniquely angled ends. Both aesthetically appealing and more legible while diving, these Submariners were dubbed “snowflake” ‘by collectors.
References 7016/0 and 7021/0 were replaced in the mid-1970’s by the references 9401/0 and 9411/0, which featured updated ETA movements. Both references were only produced from 1975-1976, before being replaced by references 94010 and 94110.
The present ref. 9411/0 was purchased in Mexico by Metalurgica Guadalajara S.A., and ordered by them for diving welders directly from Rolexmex (Rolex Mexico). Underwater Welders are trained and certified to dive underwater and either do construction or repair welding. Today, much of this work is done for oil rigs. In the 1970’s, a diving welder would need a timepiece that was trusted and would function deep in the ocean and allow them to know how much time they have spent underwater – logically a welding company would have chosen the durable and cost-efficient Tudor Submariner.
Coming from the original owner, the present 9411/0 is preserved in excellent condition. While the earlier series of Tudor “Snowflake” Submariners were prone to what is known as “dial rot”, the later series 9401/0 and 9411/0 used better quality dials. Complete with the original guarantee, box, and tie tag, and with such an interesting history and ownership, this Tudor Submariner checks all the boxes for vintage collectors.