1973 Tudor Blue Submariner (Ref. 9411/0) "Snowflake"
The Tudor “Snowflake” is the nickname given to the Tudor Submariners with distinctive features such as the square hour markers and a unique snowflake hands that were introduced by Rolex/Tudor to increase visibility in low light conditions. In production from 1968 to the mid-1980sdial variants are commonly found in black and blue and can feature a date complication. However, there is more to the Tudor’s Snowflake Submariner line than its characteristic visual features.
The Tudor Snowflake Submariners, 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
The second-generation Tudor Submariners marked the watchmaker’s transition from caliber 390 movements produced by Parmigiani Fleurier SA (Fleurier) to movements produced by Swiss watchmaker ETA which made the Tudor Snowflake Submariners the first Tudor watches to use these modified ETA movements.
This specific example would make a nice addition to a growing collection or be a great first piece as it retains the classic and timeless look of the Submariner while being unique and eye-catching as a result of the distinguishing dial and hand configuration.
2pc Handmade Leather Strap (Lunar Grey)
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case retains even and thick lugs. The watch retains the original Rolex signed trip-lock crown. The original blue "fat font" bezel has taken on a wonderful fade to a grey coloration showing some patina from use. The watch will be supplied with a strap of your choosing.
DIAL & HANDS
The interesting blue matte "snowflake" dial has taken on a very unique patina, sometimes referred as an "acne" dial due to the strong raised texture consistent throughout the dial. The lume plots have taken on an excellent and sought after golden coloration. The original "snowflake" hands have been relumed with luminova to match the lume of the dial.
None, The watch was is keeping time perfectly but the extended service history is unknown.