Tudor Submariner "Snowflake"
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Tudor Submariner "Snowflake"

Tudor had its genesis as a subsidiary of Rolex. Its watches were Rolexes in all but name: same Rolex Oyster case, same crowns, and Rolex crystals. The only difference was what beat inside the Oyster cases—generic Swiss ETA movements rather than the calibres that Rolex designed in-house.

However, as the decades progressed, Tudor took steps to step out of its big brother’s shadow.

As time wears on, more and more watch collectors and enthusiasts begin to appreciate the designs that were exclusive to Tudor's Submariner line. Though to some the Tudor Submariner was a pale imitation of its Rolex counterpart, by the 1960s and 1970s the model underwent a metamorphosis with a new design language that has become just as iconic. It started with the hands and indices—triangular in shape, giving rise to the nickname “Snowflake.”

And now, with the Reference 7016, instead of the rose logo that had adorned Tudor watches since the 1940s, the Tudor crest was now a shield. 

Though many examples of Reference 7016 were plagued by dial rot—the result of using inferior paint—the one that we offer here is blessedly free from that malady. The only testament to its age is a creamy patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Possessing a very strong case with crisp bevels, it’s a powerful alternative to its Rolex-branded equivalent, the Reference 5513. As with the 5513, the 7016 Snowflake is amongst the most collectable Submariner references, clean and simple without a date function - a purpose built watch through and through.

While many collectors might scoff at the notion of Tudor Submariners being more desirable than those produced by Rolex, what many forget is that Tudor produced fewer Submariners than Rolex. This makes sharp Tudor Subs rarer than the equivalent 5513 or 1680. Overall, this is a stunning Snowflake with great patina and handsome looks, enough to give any skeptic pause.

But with just one look at it, why would you ever doubt it?

Details

SKU: AS02212

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Reference 7016/0.

Overall Condition: Case is in strong condition overall with crisp bevels and sharp lugs. Case does show signs of moderate use and wear consistent with age. Dial is in beautiful condition with warm patina to the luminescent elements. Signed crown. Case back has some light signs of wear.

Includes one 20mm black leather strap.

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