A rare and early stainless steel diver's wristwatch with gilt dial and pointed crown guards

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  • Manufacturer: Tudor
    Year: Circa 1962
    Reference No: 7928 inside caseback further stamped II. 61
    Case No: 379'961
    Model Name: Oyster Prince Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 390, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tudor’s iconic path into diving watches started in 1954 with reference 7922. Its uncompromised search for reliability, precision and waterproofness quickly set the brand as a major actor in this field and it became a favorite amongst professionals.
    In production from 1959, reference 7928 was the first Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner to feature crown guards. This major evolution greatly improved the water resistance of the watch and also resulted in the reduction of the crown’s size. As they did with Rolex, the crown guards evolved greatly at Tudor. The present watch features pointed crown guards typical from the early production. On the dial side, the evolution was also constant. This early model presents an extremely warm and charismatic gilt chapter ring dial.
    When looking at this watch one can only conclude that the brand’s reputation is based on solid facts. After almost 60 years, this tool watch is still in excellent condition, the Oyster case has kept the movement away from humidity and the dial has aged to a warm and extremely appealing hue. Collectors will also be pleased to see the rose of the Tudor on the dial before it was replaced by the shield on later references.

  • Maker Bio

    Tudor

    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 inside caseback further stamped II. 61
A rare and early stainless steel diver's wristwatch with gilt dial and pointed crown guards

Circa 1962
39mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€8,800-17,600
$10,200-20,500

sold for CHF16,250

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018