Montres Tudor SA has designed, manufactured and marketed Tudor watches since March of 1946. Rolex founder Hans Wildorf created Tudor to create a product for authorized Rolex dealers at a cheaper price than Rolex, while still offering the same quality product as a Rolex. Offered here is Tudor’s version of the Rolex Submariner, which debuted in the 1950s. This particular example dates to 1963, bearing the reference 7928, and features an extremely rare “chapter ring” and “underline” dial, fitted in a “pointed crown guards”, or “PCG” case; the “underline” dial is believed to be an indicator from Rolex of their switch from the use of radium luminescent material to tritium. These particular case and dial styles were only used in the earliest of Tudor Submariners, throughout a small period in the early 1960s.
This Tudor Submariner is in great vintage condition. The case appears unpolished (or if it ever was, it was extremely light), with the original beveled edges still clearly visible and prominent. The dial is gorgeous, with no major flaws, chips, or scratches.. Further, the original tritium lume is still present on the dial, aged to a pale yellow color, and extremely attractive; the hands have been professionally color-matched to the dial. The original and period-correct bezel insert is likewise in great condition, with almost no wear.
The watch comes fitted on a Rolex Swiss Rivet 7206 bracelet, with 80 endlinks, and has 11 full links with light stretch; the clasp does not have a date code, and was likely replaced during a service in the past.