Tudor - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: 1961
    Reference No: 7928
    Case No: 363'829
    Model Name: Oyster Prince Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 390, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle, signed Rolex
    Dimensions: 39.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by presentation box and Tudor by Rolex of Geneva 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 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 examples of the reference 7928s were fitted with square crown guards that were later replaced by pointed crown guards, also known as “Cornino”, as seen on the present example. This reference 7928 from 1961 features a very attractive “chapter ring” dial with gilt printing. The dial also displays an exclamation mark at 6 o'clock, believed to signify a lower amount of radium used for the luminous material. The case is well-preserved in excellent, original overall condition, and furthermore is stamped on the inner caseback with date code II.61. The original bezel still retains the luminous dot at 12 o’clock, which perfectly matches the luminous hands and hour markers. Accompanied by its box and guarantee, its completeness and outstanding condition make it a great addition for the connoisseur.

  • 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. 7928
A very attractive and rare stainless steel wristwatch with "exclamation mark" dial, accompanied by presentation box and guarantee

39.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF3,500 - 4,500 

Sold for CHF26,250

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016