Tudor Submariner*** 94010 MN80 Papers*** 1980
TUDOR Submariner Black 'Snowflake', Ref. 94010, Marine Nationale, Decomm Papers & Hangtag, Military Issued 1980
Serial: 926160
Circa: 1980
Reference: 94010

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

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

MOVEMENT: ETA 2776, 17 jewels, automatic


CONDITION REPORT: The case appears unpolished and worn. The MN80 military engraving on the back is original and clearly visible. The dial is original and has rich patina on the indexes. There are some small surface bubbles towards the center of the dial. The hands appear to have been color matched at some point, but do appear original under UV light so maybe just very dark aging and a crack in part of it.

NOTES: This particular French Marine Nationale (Navy) issued Tudor Submariner was issued to a diver from the Agosta submarine as indicated on the decomm papers. Typically these Agosta issued watches are black vs the other blue ones seen more commonly among MN watches.

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.