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Though originally intended to be the lower-cost alternative to parent company Rolex, Tudor has gained enough of a reputation to stand on its own.
Early Tudors could be considered Rolexes in all but name, with the same sturdy Rolex Oyster cases that have formed the bedrock of every Rolex since the 1920s. The only difference was the movement, which were generic ETA calibres rather than the in-house Rolex Oyster Perpetual movements. This kept the cost of Tudor watches down while at the same time sacrificing nothing in terms of quality of construction.
Tudor launched the Oyster Prince in 1952, with an ad campaign featuring miners or construction workers wearing Tudor Oyster Princes on their wrists.
Two years later, Tudor would release another watch that would forever take Tudor out of Rolex’s shadow: the Submariner.
Though early references of Tudor Submariner featured the same Mercedes hands as its Rolex counterparts, in the late 1960s a version of Submariner would be released with design features that would set Tudor Submariners apart from their Rolex cousins. Instead of the Tudor rose that had adorned Tudor watches since the 1940s, the Tudor logo was now a shield. Also, the indices and hands attained a distinctive triangular shape which earned this model the nickname "Snowflake."
The Reference 94110 and 94010 Snowflakes are notable for their strong dials that retain their crisp colors after years of wear and use. This is because, with these references, Tudor used better-quality dials than with the Reference 7016 and Reference 7021, which were prone to dial rot that manifested itself as bubbles underneath the dial's surface. The blue dial of our Reference 94110 Snowflake is still crisp, and the only testament to its age is the yellowing of the tritium on the hands and indices.
As time wore on, collectors and enthusiasts began to appreciate the designs that were exclusive to Tudor's Submariner line. What many forget is that Tudor produced fewer Submariners than Rolex, making sharp Tudor Subs rarer than the equivalent 5513 or 1680. This fact makes Snowflake Submariners the most desirable and worthy of praise.
This particular Submariner is a Reference 94110 dating from the late 1970s or early 1980s. The dial is crisp, free from the bubbles that can sometimes plague versions of this reference, and the only signs of age is the gorgeous patina to the hour markers and hands. 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.
Available exclusively at Marshall Pierce.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Tudor Reference 94110.
Overall Condition: Black matte dial is in excellent condition showing puffy luminescent hour plots that have patinated evenly, along with the hands. Rolex crown. Rolex case back has some pitting, possibly corrosion due to water damage, but is in otherwise good condition.
Includes one 20mm tan leather strap.