Value Prop: 76100 Tudor Submariner
Given the feature of a 3970 in this round, I felt compelled to balance the scales with a down-to-basics, no-nonsense steel diver. I did not expect to stumble upon one so lovely or of the same era. 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 limelight majority. An excellent example out of Italy is today allowing me to right that wrong.
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, while this example is black with cream indices, Tudor did also produce a blue variant. One cannot imagine Rolex, even in that era, doing similar.
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 we see here. Despite the low production volume, the 76100 is still attainable relative to peers. It is a watch firmly in the domain of the studied enthusiast, as it is not a sub one purchases accidentally. And a value no less.
This example is a standout. The case hard definitely been worn, however it is also full and likely unpolished. Its lugs show many light hits that tell the story of a life lived, yet the lines are factory. I love that state. Its tritium has aged into a lovely cream tone, with a handset just a half-shade more pumpkin. The watch comes with a full set from a well-regarded Italian retailer.
Find this 76100 here from Maurizio De Angelis for 9500 EUR.