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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 7922, further stamped IV. 1958 inside the case back
    Case No: 288'506
    Model Name: Oyster Prince Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 390, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, reference 7206, end links stamped 58, max length 220mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.67
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box, Tudor blank guarantee and two hangtags

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7922 was Tudor’s first diver’s watch launched in the mid-1950s. As with the Rolex Submariners launched by Tudor’s parent company, the earliest references did not have crown guards and are highly sought after by collectors. The reference 7922 was offered in two variants, waterproof to a depth of either 100 or 200 meters. Fitted with a “small crown”, the present reference 7922 is waterproof to a depth of 100 meters.

    Most impressively, its “Tropical” dial has developed a superb and consistent warm brown patina throughout, whilst the bezel has also pleasingly aged to a burgundy color. The original luminous hour markers have similarly aged to a burgundy brownish color, matching perfectly the color of the luminous hands. The stunning manner with which the present watch has aged gives it a delightfully warm vintage look that collectors adore. Further enhancing its desirability, the watch is accompanied by its original blank guarantee, box and hangtags.

  • 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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Ref. 7922, further stamped IV. 1958 inside the case back
A very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with tropical dial, bracelet, blank guarantee, box and hangtags

38mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE

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