Tudor Snowflake Submariner
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Tudor Snowflake Submariner

In the last few years, Tudor has become a household name in the watch community.  Long the proverbial 'little brother' to Rolex, Tudor was often 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 Pelagos 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 Rolex Oyster cases and utilizing Rolex-signed crowns and Rolex crystals.  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 it was 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.  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.  

This particular example exhibits a stippled dial, a distinct form of patination often associated with this model.  While this kind of aging can be polarizing, we find that it adds an interesting element of three dimensionality, and with luminous material that has aged evenly to a light toffee color, it is easy to imagine this piece enjoyed a well-traveled life on the wrist of someone who used it as designed.      

Details

Stainless Steel Oyster Case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Tudor Reference 9411/0. Circa 1976.

Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition over all, with minor wear marks consistent with age and use. Steel case is very strong and shows absolutely no signs of precious polishing. Lugs are very thick and sharp. Blue dial shows some stippling common among these models but it in otherwise very good condition. Luminous material on the dial and hands has aged to a very pleasing even light toffee color. Bezel is lightly faded and sports and aftermarket pip. Rolex-signed Trip-Lock crown and genuine screw case back.

Includes one 20mm analog/shift Highland Strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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