The Rolex Submariner is perhaps the most iconic wristwatch of all time. The Tudor Submariner, well it isn’t. And it’s all the better for it. Tudor’s 9411/0 Snowflake sub is not rare. But it is purposeful, eccentric, inconspicuous, and a value still today. Moreover, unlike a 5513, you’d have to be well down the road of watch enthusiasm to own or spot one. This is a diver to be worn every damn day without worry . . .and isn’t that as things should be for a steel dive watch?
Introduced in the early/mid 1970s, this is the generation where the Tudor sub branched out distinctly in design from its Rolex counterparts. The handset isn’t still in production today just because it’s highly legible (which it is), but because this was the birth of the experimental sibling attitude which Tudor have leaned in to. Significance is in the eye of the beholder, but surely that counts for something as we now cross over a decade of Black Bay production.
This reference also introduced the Tudor sub to hacking seconds through a modified ETA 2784 base. The case remained the classic 39mm, produced by Rolex and signed on back. The 9411/0, like the 9401/0 (no date), was available in a blue or black dial. This would be the last appearance of snowflake hands until the brand’s modern renovation. Interestingly, and for no apparent reason, Tudor introduced this reference with a dash and around 1976 removed the ‘/’ from the reference number.
This example sports a strong bevel on its case, with relatively full proportions. The dial and bezel are truly objects of beauty, with a lightly faded navy tone and deep yellow cream tritium. It comes as a naked watch from a well-regarded retailer.
Find this 9411/0 here from Oliver and Clarke for 13250 USD.