• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 337

    Tudor. A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet

    SIGNED TUDOR, OYSTER PRINCE, 200M=660FT, SUBMARINER, ROTOR, SELF-WINDING, REF. 7928, CASE NO. 571'468, CIRCA 1965

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    Tudor. A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet
    Signed Tudor, Oyster Prince, 200m=660ft, Submariner, Rotor, Self-Winding, Ref. 7928, case no. 571'468, circa 1965
    Cal. 390 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, Tudor Auto-Prince rotor, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back engraved Original Oyster Case By Rolex Geneva and with military issue number 61309-Ci, screw down Rolex crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    The Tudor Oyster-Prince Submariner "crown guard" reference 7928 was launched in the late 1950s. The "twin" of Rolex Submariner ref. 5513, it was equipped with the same bezel and was able to withstand water pressure to 200 m. (660 ft).

    Based on the engraved marking "61309-Ci", it is believed that the present watch was supplied to military personnel, probably naval forces.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two lots, 337 and 338, are fitted with the celebrated "Auto-Prince" calibre 390, a 17 jewels movement developed by Rolex in the 1950s for Tudor. As reliable as their "sisters" signed Rolex but available at a lower price, Tudor diver's watches were the brand of choice of many armed forces, particularly certain units of the French and the U.S. Navy.

    The brand Tudor was introduced by Rolex around 1945 with the aim of supplying high quality watches at affordable prices. Although Rolex never advertised their connection to Tudor, they however supplied, amongst other parts, the Oyster cases and crowns. The symbol of the brand was the Tudor rose until around 1960 when it was replaced by the shield which is still in use to date. The line of models comprised also Submariner and Cosmograph watches considered as reliable and durable as their "big sisters". Made in much smaller series, these watches have become extremely popular amongst collectors.