Tudor Submariner "Snowflake" Date
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Tudor Submariner "Snowflake" Date

Tudor launched the Oyster Submariner in 1954, taking design cues from the Rolex Submariner but housing an ETA movement in the Oyster case. Aside from the movements and the brand name on the dial, Tudor Submariners remained virtually indistinguishable from their Rolex counterparts for the next several decades. But the lack of Rolex branding, in addition to the use of ETA movements, kept the Tudors at a more affordable price point than their Rolex counterparts.

For many years, they were viewed as "entry-level" watches, a way to achieve Rolex quality without paying for the Rolex name. 

But in the late 1960s, the Tudor Submariner stepped out of the shadow of its Rolex cousins, taking on a life and an identity until itself. It took on design features that would set Tudor Submariners apart from their Rolex cousins. We mean, of course, the triangular hands that gave rise to the nickname “Snowflake.”

And yet in many ways the Tudor Submariner still kept pace with their Rolex cousins.  

When Rolex added a date window to the Submariner Reference 1680 in 1966, the Tudor Submariner added one in the Reference 9411/0, debuted in the mid-1970s, and seen here. 

Unlike their predecessors, reference 9411/0 Snowflakes are notable for their strong dials that retain their crisp colors after years of wear and use.

With these references, Tudor used better-quality dials than with its predecessors, particularly the Reference 7016, which were prone to dial rot that manifested itself as bubbles underneath the dial's surface.

Fortunately, the blue dial of our Reference 9411/0 Snowflake is still crisp, and its case strong. The only testament to its age is the yellowing of the tritium on the hands and indices and a sun-kissed bezel insert. Though the nickname might lead you to believe that this is a watch as delicate as its namesake, this Snowflake is anything but, and is ideally suited to be your daily companion.

Details

SKU: AS02211

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Reference 9441/0.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear. Bezel insert shows slight fading. Dial is in very good condition with crisp printing and patina to luminescent elements. Signed crown. Case back shows some light signs of wear.

Includes one 20mm tan NATO style strap.

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