Tudor Submariner*** 7016 Black Snowflake*** 1971
TUDOR Submariner Black 'Snowflake', Ref. 7016, Circa 1971
Serial: 742506
Circa: 1971
Reference: 7016

DIAL: Black matte dial with square hour markers and triangular marker at 12. Silver ‘snowflake’ hands.

CASE: 40mm, strainless steel case with black 60-min rotating diver bezel. Glass in acrylic

MOVEMENT: ETA 2483, automatic, 25 jewels

BRACELET: Rolex stainless steel folded Oyster bracelet Ref. 7836/280, dated 2.71 (added for photography)

CONDITION REPORT: Overall good condition and all original

NOTES: Original bracelet added by us for photography and was not originally included with the watch.

Tudor began being manufactured under Rolex in 1946. Early on, the French Navy equipped its divers (plongeurs de bord) with Tudor Submariners. The first Tudors were purchased by the M.N. (Marine Nationale) in the late 60's. This model seemed to meet army specifications for Commando Marines. The Tudor 'Snowflake' Submariner (non-date model; either 7016 or 9401/0) is characteristically unique versus its cousin: the Rolex 5513. With much of the same features and, of course, the same parent company. Both are icons in the vintage watch world and highly sought after by collectors around the world.
It is a first series Snowflake configuration on the 7016 reference. These very first serial number, coming just after the reference change from 7928 to 7016 with the change in movement 390 to ETA 2483.