Tudor Submariner*** 7928 PCG SUBASE*** 1963
TUDOR Submariner "SUBASE 3", Ref. 7928 Pointy Crown Guard, Underline Dial, Circa 1963
Serial: 400669
Circa: 1963
Reference: 7928

DIAL: Black dial with chapter ring and 2 color gilt printing, luminous hour markers.

CASE: 40mm, strainless steel case with black rotating diver bezel. Glass in acrylic.
Case back engraved with marking 'SUBASE 3'.

MOVEMENT: Fleurier FEF Cal. T 390, Self-winding mechanical, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Black Rubber Strap

CONDITION REPORT: Excellent condition. Dial and hands are stunning and all tritium (underline dial) luminous material is intact. The case is worn, but pinholes are intact and over very strong and unpolished. Caseback is crisp. The domed acrylic crystal is original with some scratched, but was left as found. The bezel insert has faded to a rich blue color and is original.

NOTES: The Tudor 7928 Submariner is comparable to the reference to the Rolex 5513 or 5512 Submariner during the same period. The first 7928 even had the same square crown guard case as the 5512. Although Tudor's military history is usually associated with the French Navy (Marine Nationale), several other militaries employed Tudor Submariners even if they were not officially issued. We have seen Tudor Submariners used by militaries of Argentina, Israel, Jamaica and USA. Although information on these ultimately rare watches is scarce, the use of these watches during military service by some of the most elite armed forces remains a fact. Only a handful of examples of SUBASE (US Naval Submarine Base) have surfaced and each number belongs to a unique watch. The Tudor 7928 & Blancpain Fifty Fathoms have been observed with the same case back engraving and individually numbered. Making each piece quiet distinctive and all the more collectible.
This watch, along with other SUBASE, was delivered to the Naval Submarine Base Bangor in Washington, USA that has since been re-named Naval Submarine Base Kitsap after merging with former Naval Station Bremerton. It was used during service by a Naval officer. This exact configuration of 7928 (PCG chapter ring 2-tone gilt underline) has also been observed on another SUBASE Tudor Submariner.