Pumpkin ‘Snowcone’ 76100 Tudor Submariner
Neo-vintage is not just collectable in Patek, VC, or AP; the era has more practical offerings as well. One, largely unsung, is the transitional 76100 Tudor sub. The reference was in production for just a few years in the mid-to-late 80s, but the 94110 ‘Snowflake’ of the same period stole majority limelight. That’s just a little unjust. The 76100 has its own unique charm as well. Its claim to fame? The only Tudor Sub to ever have a ‘snowcone’ handset, a large mercedes-styled handset without the pointed star in its hour hand. It gets weird when you stack Rolex adjectives, but this one can honestly be described as a pumpkin snowcone. Thank god for the 90s and tritium.
The Tudor Submariner may share the coronet’s case and triplock crown, but the remainder is a thing all its own. Tudor Shield, distinct fonts, unique plots, and ETA 2824. The similarities to the synonymous Rolex are too obvious to point out, yet to those who study details the distinction is significant. Moreover, there is inter-reference variation to study as well. Early examples will display what has come to be known as the ‘snowcone’ hour hand, while latter production switched over the classic Mercedes handset. Despite the low production volume, the 76100 is still attainable relative to peers (ish). It is a watch firmly in the domain of the studied enthusiast, not a sub one purchases accidentally. And a value no less. But the best bit here is the patina, it’s not subtle. The tritium is about as deep an orangey hue as you’ll ever see on these.
The case is relatively strong, can’t see the lugs very well here if I’m honest. At least not visibly rounded over. Someone has likely replaced the bezel pearl with one not quite as faded as the dial’s tritium is, fairly common but does stand out to me. It’s not a collector darling or safe queen, this is a Sub to be bought, worn, loved, and enjoyed. That’s how I like tool watches best if I’m honest. It comes from a well-regarded Italian retailer.
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