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In the last few years, Tudor has become a household name in the watch community. Long the proverbial 'little brother' to Rolex, Tudor has in the past been generally overlooked by collectors and enthusiasts. But since the brand re-entered the U.S. market, they have worked to define themselves anew; Projects like the Heritage Black Bay One and the in-house movement fitted in this year's Pelagos models have proven that the brand has a lot more to offer than being a runner up.
With growing focus on Tudor's new models, many enterprising collectors have started turning back to older offerings from the brand, securing a historic part of the evolving Tudor story. While many vintage Tudors have dedicated followings, no Tudor have been given more attention than the coveted Reference 9411/0 "Snowflake" Submariner.
Originally produced by Rolex to respond to a growing base of sports watch consumers, Tudor was conceived as a more economic way to buy a quality diver. This was achieved by using generic ETA Swiss movements and housing them in Oyster cases with typical Rolex-signed crowns, crystals, and bracelets. In short, the Tudor Submariners of the 1960s and 70s had all the look of their Rolex brethren with guts that were simpler, more common and easier to service and locate parts for.
As time wore on, collectors and enthusiasts began to appreciate the designs that were exclusive to Tudor's Submariner line. The most famous of these was the Tudor "Snowflake" Submariner, a name taken from the unique shape of the hour hand and matching seconds hand. Though relatively modest in price when originally released, the Snowflake Submariner has become a grail for many, causing values to climb within spitting distance of Rolex subs of similar vintages.
What many forget is that Tudor produced fewer Submariners than Rolex, making sharp Tudor subs rarer than the equivalent 5513 or 1680 models. Rarer still are honest examples that have bested the use that they encountered--so many were destroyed on the wrists of sport divers over the ages--and retail original parts that have patinated with age and use.
With luminous material that has aged evenly to a light toffee color with a wonderful texture on the dial and a beautifully "ghosted" bezel, it is easy to imagine this particular piece enjoyed a well-traveled life on the wrist of someone who used it as designed. And with its original box, papers, hangtags, and even the polishing cloth, this lovely piece comes with all the goodies to boot!
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Tudor Reference 9411/0. Circa 1973.
Overall Condition: Case is in good condition throughout showing signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, and has been previously polished. Bezel is in beautiful condition, having developed a beautiful "ghosted" patina. Dial shows lovely patination and stippling common with this reference. The luminescent elements of the hour markers have developed a warm patination. Hands have been professionally refinished to match. Rolex signed crown. Rolex case back is in very good condition with normal signs of use and wear.
Includes later 20mm Rolex Oyster bracelet (93150/580) with Rolex flip lock clasp. Also includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle
Includes box, papers, polishing cloth, and hangtags.