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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 7021/0
    Movement No: 2'484
    Case No: 739'656
    Model Name: "Snowflake"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2484, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7836, end links stamped 280, max length 210m
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 70
    Dimensions: 39.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case signed. Dial, inside caseback and movement signed by Tudor
    Accessories: Accompanied by a letter from the owner and additional NATO strap

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced Tudor to the market in 1945 with the objective of selling high quality watches at a reasonable price. Throughout its history, Rolex used the Tudor line to experiment different designs and concepts, later to be used in Rolex’s own watches.

    Like the Rolex line, the Tudor Submariner underwent various changes throughout its history, with the cases increasing in size from 37mm to 39mm, as well as dial and caliber modifications.

    Collectors use the name “Snowflake” to refer to the Tudor Submariners with reference 7016/0, 7021/0, 9104/0 and 9411/0 produced from 1965 to 1975 and some newer reissue models. These watches featured square hour markers and a unique hand style that distinguished them back then, and still distinguish them today, from other watches.

    Tudor supplied the Snowflake Submariners to the Marine Nationale (French Navy), which became a testing bed for Tudor’s Submariner line. Although a diver’s watch at its core, the Tudor Submariner “Snowflake” was also fashioned to be suitable and elegant enough for everyday use.

    The Tudor Snowflake Submariner was the first model to use Tudor’s new logo, a shield, and to use luminescent hands and markers, which allowed users to clearly see the dial underwater. This specific reference 7021/0 was the first Tudor Submariner to feature a date complication.

    The present Tudor Snowflake Submariner is a superb example, in overall good condition with strong case proportions. In 2004, it was given to the owner by his father who was the founder of a diving school in Eibsee, in the South of Germany. Accompanied with an additional NATO strap, this watch makes it a great addition for the connoisseur.

    With its ghost bezel and overall great condition, this watch definitely has some charisma which will attract any vintage watch collector.

  • 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. 7021/0
A very attractive and rare stainless steel divers' wristwatch with bracelet and a letter from the owner relating its diving history

Circa 1970
39.5mm. Diameter
Case signed. Dial, inside caseback and movement signed by Tudor

CHF7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for CHF12,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017