The Legendary Submariner Snowflake
Affectionately nicknamed the “Snowflake” by collectors, the Tudor Submariner in all its glory has been around since 1954. From its inception until about 1969, the resemblance to its older brother, the Rolex Submariner was uncanny. It is around this time that a legend was born; the Snowflake Submariner set itself apart from its older nuisance of a sibling by introducing some never-before-seen features on a professional dive watch: square hour markers, roulette date wheel (black and red alternating colors for the date), square on the seconds hand and, the final piece of the puzzle, the Snowflake hour hand. We know that Tudor’s oyster case and dials are both signed Rolex, signifying that the watch is made, and quality controlled by similar standards to the Geneva Manufacture.
The Tudor Snowflake Submariner Reference 7021/0 presented here features an ETA 2824 self-winding movement finished to the highest standards. Although the present example does not have its original bracelet, we do know that the original bracelet on the 7021/0 was a Rolex signed Oyster ref 7836 with folding links. The Snowflake remained in the catalogue for Tudor until 1981.