Tudor Submariner 7923
HQ Milton is honored to offer this extremely rare Tudor Submariner. This example we currently have has had a flurry of media attention since it was first found in an estate sale a few weeks ago. The dial on the watch is as perfect as can be for being produced in the late 1950's. The surface of the dial is black and the lower portion of the dial is turning a beautiful purple brown hue. The print is perfectly intact and sharp. The depth rating, like the Tudor Black Bay One special edition, is written in Red. The reference number and serial number are on the back of the case. The case itself is unpolished. The radium lume plots on the dial and the hands are preserved and intact. The only component of the watch that we changed is the crystal (the original crystal will be included in the sale).
The rise of web culture has enabled dealers, collectors, and fans of vintage Rolex to bring together a large sample size of watches in order to piece together a clearer history of the brand. Places like Vintage Rolex Forum have become an informational gateway to deciphering what Rolex has created over its long history, beginning in 1905. This collective knowledge has facilitated an in-depth understanding of production times, reference numbers, and dial variations for models such as the Rolex Submariner, which has become something of an icon for the industry.
Our communal knowledge in the Vintage Rolex world is impressive, but once in a while a piece is uncovered that forces us to pause. Such a watch is the Tudor 7923 Submariner. Unlike any other Rolex or Tudor Submariner produced, the 7923 reference is the only one that is manually wound. The watch is a production crossover of components that were featured inside other Rolex and Tudor watches: the extremely rare pencil hands, early no minute graduation for the first quarter bezel, and red depth rating are a few characteristics that stand out. All of these attributes were then thrown into a manual wind watch with a modified ETA movement. Rolex thought this combination was so unique it submitted a modern 1 of 1 edition Tudor Black Bay One reference 7923/001 for Phillips Watch Department during the 2015 Watch Only Auction, which sold for 375,000 CHF (Swiss franc).
|Movement||Manual Wind 1156-1182|
|Dial||Gilt Chapter Ring Dial, Red Depth Rating 100/330 (100 meters / 330 feet)|
|Hands||Pencil Hands with Lollipop second hand|