The Tudor Submariner Snowflake
A Tudor Submariner success story
The Submariner models of today are, in addition to the Tudor chronographs, the most sought-out vintage timepieces from the iconic brand. The popularity the Submariner is partly due to the close relationship that the timepieces have with the Rolex Submariners from the same era, which are among the most highly demanded vintage watches to date. Several generations of the Tudor Submariner were manufactured with bracelets, cases, and other components made by Rolex. All in all, the Tudor Submariner simply convinces with a rich history. In the 1960s, soldiers of the US Navy were equipped with Tudor Submariners and the French Navy was also supplied with the robust timepieces beginning in the 1970s.
Today, collectors differentiate between the Tudor Submariner models with the typical Rolex Mercedes-hour hand and the Tudor Submariner models with the so-called snowflake hand. The hour marker of the second variant is shaped in the form of a snowflake. They appeared in the early 1960s and provided the Tudor Submariner with its own distinctive style. In the 1980s, the Mercedes hand returned to the reference series 7900, but the Snowflake Submariner remained in high-demand. Once the production of the timepiece ceased altogether, the demand for the vintage models grew tremendously. The Submariner "Rose" (Ref. 7928), "Snowflake" (Ref. 9401/0 and 9411/0) and "Big Crown" (Ref. 7924) are now considered to be real relics among the Tudor Submariner collection.
To celebrate the legendary model, Tudor presented the Heritage Black Bay collection in 2012, which honours the famous Submariner with its distinctive aesthetics.