Tudor Submariner*** 7928*** 1966
TUDOR Submariner Ref. 7928, Rose dial, Aquastar thermometer diving gauge, 1966
Serial: 594564
Circa: 1966
Reference: 7928

CASE: 40mm, natural vintage wear (never been polished) on the three-body polished and brushed strainless steel case. Screwed-down case back and crown, graduated bidirectional revolving black bezel for the decompression times, triplock winding-crown protected by the crown guard. Glass in acrylic

DIAL: Black rail dial with ‘Rose’ insignia, with luminous round, triangular and baton indexes. Oyster Prince, Submariner, 200m / 660ft indicated on the dial.
‘Mercedes’ hours hand and sword minuted hand.

MOVEMENT: Fleurier FEF Cal. T 390, Self-winding mechanical, 17 jewels.
The movement bears the ROW (US import code).

STRAP: Nylon NATO strap with Aquastar Thermometer diving guage

CONDITION REPORT: The dial is original and untouched with cream patina on the tritium indexes and hands matching nicely. The case appears to be worn, but unpolished.
The bezel is also original, but shows signs of wear with some fading, scratches and stains. The luminous pearl appears to have been replaced.
The crystal was replaced, but the original crystal is included on the side.

Tudor began being manufactured under Rolex in 1946. The Tudor Reference 7928 is perhaps one of the most iconic Tudor sports models. It saw a long production run from approximately 1960 till approximately 1968. 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. It was then the classic "rose" model, featuring case reference 7928 and the Rolex-derived 390 movement. Curiously, this model had the same sharp crown shoulders as the first Rolex 5512. The back is prominent and flat (unlike the bubble-back-like of that of further models). The Tudor 7928 is the humble cousin of 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.
Tudor watches used the Tudor ‘Rose’ gilted on the dial, which is the heraldic emblem of England, and takes its origin from the Tudor dynasty. Ending in the 1960’s, Tudor changed the famous ‘Rose’ to the ‘Shield’.