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In 1952, Tudor launched the Oyster Prince. From the very first Tudor Oyster Princes that rolled off the assembly line, the model featured two technical innovations that, until then, had never been used in Tudors before: automatic movements and the trademark waterproof Rolex "Oyster" case. The advertising campaign that announced the Oyster Prince's introduction featured men working in harsh, forbidding conditions, all wearing Tudor Oyster Princes strapped to their wrists.
The Tudor Oyster Prince's reputation for sturdiness and dependability was tested almost immediately. In 1952, the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom organized a scientific expedition to the northernmost reaches of Greenland. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the Longines Greenlander (Reference 23088) that accompanied this expedition, but the Tudor Oyster Prince.
Following the success of the Oyster Prince, Tudor launched their version of the Submariner in 1954, taking design cues from the Rolex Submariner but housing an ETA automatic movement (instead of a Rolex Calibre) in the Oyster case. Aside from the movements and the brand name on the dial, Tudor Submariners remained virtually indistinguishable from their Rolex counterparts. That is, until the late 1960s, when the Tudor Submariner Reference 7016 debuted with the design features that would set Tudor Submariners apart from their Rolex cousins.
For the first time, the dial of the Reference 7016 was offered in blue rather than just in the usual black. Instead of the Tudor rose that had adorned Tudor watches since the 1940s, the Tudor logo was changed to a shield. The indices and hands attained a distinctive, triangular shape which earned this model the enduring nickname of "Snowflake."
The dial of our Reference 94110 Snowflake is a deep blue like the waters of Lake Geneva, unblemished by water damage or hand drag, or the paint bubbling common on earlier models. It comes complete with a 9315/380B folded link bracelet with a Tudor signed clasp, which is a rare find, particularly in such good condition!
The Tudor Snowflake is a distinctive and worthy alternative to its Rolex counterpart, in keeping with Tudor's original mission: to provide Rolex quality without the Rolex price tag.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Tudor Submariner Reference 9411/0. ETA Automatic Movement. Circa 1970s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition, with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Shows light signs of wear consistent with its age. Bezel insert is in excellent condition with crisp printing. Dial is in excellent condition, retaining its deep blue hue, a fine even patina. A light scratch is visible between 12:00 and 1:00. Hands have been professionally refinished to match. Original case back and Rolex signed crown.
Includes steel Oyster Bracelet (9315/380B) with Tudor signed clasp showing light, normal signs of wear. Also includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle