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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 7016/0
    Case No: 815'515
    Model Name: Oyster Prince Submariner "Snowflake"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2483, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex riveted Oyster bracelet, max length 210mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 76
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed, bracelet further signed Rolex
    Accessories: Accompanied by Tudor presentation box, outer packaging, hang tag and blank Tudor guarantee

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced Tudor to the market in 1945 with the intention of producing high quality watches at an affordable price. Throughout its history, Rolex used the Tudor line to experiment with different designs and concepts, later to be used in Rolex’s own watches. Reference 7016 was launched in 1968 as part of the Submariner family. It was the second generation Tudor Submariner, and was offered along with the reference 7021, which featured a date window.

    The history of the Tudor Submariner intimately follows that of its Rolex counterpart introduced in 1953 with the references 6200, 6204 and 6205. Tudor released their first model, the reference 7922, the following year, and it was almost identical, but features a non-chronometer caliber, the Fleurier 390. Like the Rolex line, the Tudor Submariner underwent various changes throughout its history, with the cases increasing in size from 37mm to 39mm, dials in either black or blue, and caliber changes. Most importantly, from a design perspective, the reference 7016 introduced a dial style with unusual square luminous numerals and “snowflake” hands.
    The present Tudor Prince Submariner is a superb example, in nearly new condition with strong case proportions and well-defined bevels to the case lugs as it left the factory. The original dial is stunning with no noticeable flaws or defects, which are normally seen on dials of this reference. The luminous numerals have aged to a warm cappuccino hue, matching perfectly with the luminous of the “snowflake” hands.

    The Tudor brand while originally intended for a less affluent market has proved over the last 71 years that it makes outstanding watches, and this fine reference 7016, offered with its original box, guarantee and hang tag is just as important in a collection of dive watches as any other brand.

  • 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. 7016/0
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet, presentation box and guarantee

39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed, bracelet further signed Rolex

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF13,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

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