8,9 / 10
Blue dial and bezel
This watch is a top condition example of Tudor Submariner “Snowflake” – this nickname comes from its trademark hands and indices.
It features a very nice and lightly faded bezel, and a blue tritium dial with an amazing patinated lume.
Attached to a 9315 Tudor branded Oyster Link bracelet, it is an iconic reference of the brand, pretty hard to find in such beautiful condition.
About the model
The year 1969 saw the dawn of the second era of the TUDOR Submariner’s history, which would last until 1999, the date of its last appearance in the catalogue. While the general foundations of the product were laid by the 7900 series, its evolution continued.
In the 1969 catalogue, two new TUDOR Submariner references appeared, the 7016 (no date) and 7021 (with date). With them began the second generation of TUDOR divers’ watches. Their most visible new characteristics were the dial and hands. Punctuated with large and highly visible square-shaped hour markers, in place of the rose logo it displayed a shield, symbol of resistance and reliability. Its hands, nicknamed “snowflakes” by collectors, were enhanced with luminous squares intended to optimise readability. This new face was highly recognisable and contributed to the TUDOR identity.
In the mid-1970s, reference 7016 was replaced by reference 9401/0, which welcomed a higher-performance movement with the ETA calibre 2776, notably allowing more precise time-setting thanks to a stop-seconds function. The reference 9411/0 (with date) was introduced at the same period, and was equipped with the ETA calibre 2783. Both were available in black and blue dial variants.
As of 1989, reference 79090 replaced the “Snowflake” models, which as of then no longer appeared in the catalogue. The dials offered with this reference were a choice of blue or black with a matching bezel. At 6 o’clock, they displayed a reminder of their waterproofness guarantee, and at 12 o’clock the shield logo. They featured Submariner-type hands. While the general design of the dial recalled that of the first-generation TUDOR Submariners, the hour markers placed at 6 and 9 o’clock were no longer rectangular but triangular.