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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 1961-62, bearing the reference 7928, and features an extremely rare “chapter ring” and “exclamation point” dial, fitted in a “pointed crown guards”, or “PCG” case. 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 has been previously polished, but is still very thick, and the original beveled edges are still clearly visible. The dial is immaculate – one of the nicest we have seen on an early reference 7928, with no flaws whatsoever. Further, the original radium lume is still present in both dial and hands, aged to a golden yellow color, and extremely attractive. The original and period-correct bezel insert is likewise in mint condition, with almost no wear.
The watch comes fitted on a later Rolex flip-lock 93150/585 bracelet, with no stretch/wear, and 11 full links.