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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 7928
    Case No: 379'329, further stamped III.62 inside the case back
    Model Name: Oyster Prince Submariner "underline"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 390, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 7928 was launched in 1959 as part of the Submariner family. It was the first Tudor Submariner model to be designed with protective crown guards. The first series 7928 was fitted with square crown guards that were replaced two years later by pointed crown guards like on the present example.

    The dials of the reference always featured the Tudor rose symbol followed by “Oyster Prince” on the upper half, the lower half generally stating the depth rating 200m=660ft, Submariner, Rotor, Self- Winding on four lines.

    The present reference 7928 stands out by its highly unusual dial, featuring a small, silvered line underneath the designation “Self-Winding”, otherwise known to collectors as the “underline” and indicating the absence of radium on the indexes and hands. The stunning dial presents itself clearly with its silver printing. Furthermore, the case, with pointed crown guards known as “Cornino”, is preserved in very good, original overall condition. The bezel has turned to a light grey that perfectly complements the luminous hands providing for a masculine and sporty look.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1926

    Almost twenty years after Rolex was founded, Hans Wilsdorf established Tudor with the intention of making more affordable watches without compromising the quality for which Rolex was renowned. Tudor was named after the British Dynasty that ruled England from 1485 to 1603, and their symbol came from the "War of Roses." After interchanging Rose and Shield symbols for a number of years, the firm replaced the Rose with the Shield logo from the 1960s until today.

    Some of the most recognized vintage models made by Tudor include the Submariner, a waterproof model first introduced in 1954, the Oysterdate, the earliest versions of which were nicknamed the "Monte-Carlo," the Heritage, which included the date at 6 o'clock, as well as the Pelagos, which translates to "deep sea" in Greek.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 7928
A very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black "underline" dial and pointed crown guards

39mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF9,375

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The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE

Geneva Auction 15 May 2016