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Why We Love It
Often overshadowed by their royal cousins, Tudor Submariners are some of our absolute favorite vintage divers.
While "Snowflake" dial Tudor Subs from the 70s are incredibly cool and tend to hog the attention, earlier references are special. This piece, a Reference 7928, is an exceptional example of the first generation of crown-guard models, which was released alongside the Reference 5512 Rolex Submariner. Featuring a "Rose" logo dial, full gilt dial with gilt chapter ring and matching gilt handset, this MKI version comes with wildly desirable pointed crown guards that will melt the cold heart of even the most brand-centric Rolex collector.
Dating from approximately 1963, this is an early execution "MKI" dial, with (as previously mentioned) all gilt errythang. The dial and hands have developed a rich patina, and it comes equipped on a 'Big Logo' 7206 Rivet Oyster dated 1965.
It goes without saying that if a piece with these same attributes (Gilt, Chapter Ring, PCG) was fitted with a Rolex calibre and had a printed coronet on the dial, well, you know what we're about to say... it would be BIG bucks.
Not only is this MK I 7928 an incredibly beautiful and historical piece in its own right, but it offers a tremendous value proposition when stacked against an equivalent Rolex from the same era.
Go ahead and reach out to us about it. You might be surprised at what you can take this beauty home for!
Tudor has been hitting it out of the park these past few years with their modern line. One release after another, they just keep killing it. This is never more true than with the release of the Black Bay 58 in 2018. With the continued focus on vintage aesthetics in their new timepieces, appreciation for their vintage models continues to surge as well.
Particularly desirable amongst the vintage offerings is their Submariner line, which ran alongside their siblings - the iconic Rolex Submariner. Tudor Subs feature the same cases, crowns, and build quality as their "Big Brother" Rolex models, but were fitted without the in-house movements that gave Rolex their price tag.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Tudor Reference 7928. Calibre 390 automatic winding movement. Circa 1963.
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall, showing light signs of polish and wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black gilt dial is in very good condition with crisp printing and evenly patinated luminous elements. Some light signs of hand drag and lume degradation are present. Luminous gilt handset shows matching patination. Signed crown and caseback.
Includes riveted Oyster bracelet (7206/80) with 'big logo' clasp.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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