Tudor. A Stainless Steel Automatic Dive Watch with “Snowflake” Hands
Model: Prince Oysterdate Submariner
Case No: 963XXX
Case. Three-body, polished and brushed, screw-down case back and crown, graduated bidirectional revolving black bezel for the decompression times, Twinlock winding crown protected by the crown guard, crystal with cyclops lens. Strong case with no sign of polishing but marking and scratches
Dial. Black with luminous square, triangular and baton indexes, outer minute/seconds track, aperture for the date. luminous “Snowflake” hands, center seconds, outer minute divisions, magnified date window. Dial lume has a beautiful and even beige patina with matching hands.
Movement. Cal. 2784, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Watch keeps time within COSC.
Tudor introduced the Submariner range in 1953 with the reference 7922. The ref. 7928 followed, fitted with the Rolex calibre 390 (based on the venerable Valjoux 722) as well as the same bezel as the Rolex Submariner ref. 5513. Production of the ref. 7928 ceased in 1966, and was replaced with the "Snowflake" design that has become iconic for the brand.
The ref. 9411/0--along with sister model, the date-less 9401--first hit jewelry stores in the late 1970's. It was the model to replace the 7016 line which had dial that had a tendency to rot. It was the last reference to use the snowflake hands. A feature what would become the hallmark of the Submariner line, the "Snowflake" square markers and hands, a discreet signature that Tudor later brought back in the Pelagos. The present example bears a black dial in impeccable condition--the tritium on the markers and hands has faded to a superb beige patina. A beautiful watch to complete or start a Tudor collection.