*Unpolished* 1972 Tudor Submariner (Ref. 7016/0) "Snowflake"
The Tudor “Snowflake” is the nickname given to the Tudor Submariners with reference numbers 7016/0, 7021/0, 9104/0, and 9411/0 which was in production from 1969 to 1975. Dial variants are commonly found in black and or blue and the watch can feature a date complication. The nickname snowflake comes as a result of the unique features of the reference range such as the square hour markers and a unique snowflake hands that were introduced by Rolex/Tudor to increase visibility in low light conditions. However, there is more to Tudor’s Snowflake Submariner line than its unique and different visual features.
The Tudor Snowflake Submariners, much like the other Submariners produced by Rolex and Tudor, have a long-standing history and were supplied to military forces including the U.S. Navy and the Marine Nationale (French Navy)
Marine Nationale Diver Wearing Turdor Submariner "Snowflake"7016/0
This is an absolutely stunning and very original Tudor Snowflake ref. 7016/0, featuring a stunning unpolished case, dial, and lume coloration. Finding such original examples has become more scarce as collectors have been enamored by Tudors in recent years due to their distinct dial designs fitted within the familiar Rolex case design.
|Matte Black "Snowflake"
|Phoenix NATO Strap
The stunning case is in exceptional unpolished condition, showing very defined chamfers down the lugs and strong crown guards with honest signs of use. The original black insert that is in excellent condition with a very slight fade and retains its original tritium pearl which matches the dial nicely. The case retains its original Rolex twin-lock crown. The case back remains unpolished with deep and legible factory engravings. The watch will come supplied on a Phoenix NATO strap.
The matte black dial is in impressive original condition, showing almost no signs of age. The tritium lume plots have aged to a handsome yellow patina and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand shows some cracking and remains stable, the minute hand shows very minor cracking, and the sweep seconds hand remains fully intact.
None. The watch was recently fully servcied and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.