1978 Tudor Submariner (Ref. 94110) "Snowflake"
The Tudor “Snowflake” is the nickname given to the Tudor Submariners with unique features such as the square hour markers and unique snowflake hands that were introduced by Rolex/Tudor to increase visibility in low light conditions. In production from 1968 to the mid-1980s with dial variants commonly found in black or blue and the watch can feature a date complication. 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
The second-generation Tudor Submariners also 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 great 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 unique dial and hand configuration, additionally, the insert is extremely rare due to the fact that it has taken on a rare and sought after color change that is sometimes referred to as "claret" due to the fact that the insert has changed from black to a deep reddish-brown coloration.
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The excellent case has been very lightly polished in the past, retaining very strong and symmetrical lugs. The bezel insert has uniquely aged to a beautiful and vibrant coffee brown coloration and shows very light signs of use and is missing its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position. The case retains its original Rolex trip-lock crown. The case back retains all of its original factory markings in clear and legible condition.
The matte black "Snowflake" dial is in near flawless condition, showing no major signs of aging. The tritium lume plots have aged to a beautiful creamy yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged to match the dial nicely, under U.V. light inspection. The hour and hour and minute hand show some cracking and remain stable, the sweep seconds hand remains fully intact.
None. The watch was recently serviced by the previous owner and is keeping time and functioning perfectly.