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    Tudor, Very Rare and Fine Ref. 7922, Oyster Prince Submariner, Early Series, Circa 1954
    Case: 38 mm, stainless steel, three body case, with screw down caseback, and rotating time elapse bezel, No. 244437
    Dial: black, with luminous radium hour markers, gilt minute chapter ring, luminous skeleton hands
    Movement: Tudor Fleurier Cal. 390, self winding, brass finished, 17 jewels
    Band: Rolex signed Oyster rivet #7206, 11 links, Endlink #80
    Signed: Tudor on case, dial, movement

    The importance of the Tudor Ref 7922 Submariner, first presented in 1954, cannot be overstated. It represents Tudors entrance into the dive watch market and its influences can be seen the brands aesthetic DNA in its current offerings.

    This early first series 7922, which had both the reference and serial number on the exterior of the case back, not between the lugs, which was a later development seen on this reference. The movement is the self-winding Tudor brass finished calibre 390, developed on a Fleurier ebauche. The original 1st series black lacquered and domed Gilt chapter ring dial reads 'Tudor Oyster Prince' above a printed depth rating of '100m=300ft', along with 'Submariner', 'Rotor' and curved 'Self Winding'. The early rare dials are highlighted by the small detail of the luminous 12 marker touching the Tudor Rose logo.

    This example comes from the family of its original purchaser, a noted European collector, and is a remarkable example of this ultra-rare and desirable Tudor. The case still exhibits its original sharp lines and chamfers; the dial retains all the lume plots. As do the hands, with the original domed acrylic crystal still present. Most impressively, the watch retains its original bezel, without hash minute markers between 0 and 15, which normally replaced by Rolex service. This represents a rare opportunity to acquire an important and original Tudor Submariner Ref. 7922, the first Tudor Submariner Reference


    Condition Report*: Type: Tudor, Very Rare and Fine Ref. 7922, Oyster Prince Submariner, Early Series, Circa 1954
    Signed: Tudor on case, dial, movement
    Model: Ref. 7922 Submariner
    Dial: black, with luminous radium hour markers, gilt minute chapter ring
    Hands: luminous skeleton hands
    Metal: stainless steel
    Case: #244437
    Case Info: three body case, with screw down caseback, and rotating time elapse bezel
    Case Width: 38 mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: Tudor Fleurier Cal. 390, self winding, brass finished, 17 jewels
    Band: Rolex signed Oyster rivet #7206, 11 links, Endlink #80
    Circa: 1954
    Condition: This timepiece is presented in exceptional preserved condition. The case still retains the faceting on the lugs. Serial and reference numbers on caseback are deep and sharp, there are no engraving between lugs on the first series Ref. 7922 submariners. Very early original dial retains lume plots. Please note the 12 hour marker touching the rose, which is a rare variant of the early batch of dials for this reference. Original hands still retain its lume with exception of the minute hand. Original 5 minute interval bezel insert is in place, but does show obvious wear that does not effect the bezel itself. Movement runs and sets as it should. Service is recommended for daily wear and timekeeping accuracy
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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