TUDOR SUBMARINER 7928 GILT DIAL 'PCG CASE'

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TUDOR SUBMARINER 7928 GILT DIAL 'PCG CASE'

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    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: TUDOR
MODEL: 7928
YEAR: 1963
BOX/PAPERS: YES/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

We love a vintage diver here at Fathom, our very name is inspired by one, but a few that come through the door are just that little bit special.

If you’re remotely into Rolex and their four digit subs, you’ll likely know that their younger and pluckier sibling Tudor have also made some special watches. Although the 7928 wasn’t the first, it’s certainly the most revered and well known of the Tudor Submariner line up, even though it’s eleven year production run in the grand scheme of things isn’t that long.

Initially the 7928 came with a square crown guard case like the 5512, but instead of the thousands made, Around 100 Tudors in this configuration were produced, to see one today is as likely as bumping into a Dodo. The mk2 came swiftly afterwards with the eagle beak case, a slightly larger production run but still a mere few hundred exist. We then have the mk3 which is the example on sale here. A pointed crown guard case or PCG as it’s better known, a Swiss only signed dial with radium or early glowy tritium markers.

Most examples we have seen and held have not had radium past 62 when measured on a Geiger. The tritium does have a higher sievert reading than usual. A theory is that Rolex group were already aware of the crack down on Radium use by 1960 and were altering the mixture to conform with the pending regulations. This was in full swing by the time we see the mk4 with the underline dial. This signifies that no radium was present on the dial.

This piece is in fantastic condition and is completely original bar the clasp. The dial, underneath that stunning super domed glass does show signs of ‘gassing out’, this is where the lacquer has oxidised over time and produces this mottled effect on the dial. The longer gilt hands are still in place as is the large bubble second hand. The mk3 skinny 4 insert only seen between 62 and 64 has a subtle ghosting to it.

The case is very strong and clearly has had little polishing over the years, it’s easy to spot on a PCG case, these wear down quickly when polished but as you can see, both are still sharp and even both sides of the no dot crown.

The watch was purchased privately by Corporal Downie in 1964 and worn on a nato and leather  for most of its life which is a blessing for the case. The 7206 bracelet remains in wonderful condition and with full links.

The Fleurier 390 movement is running well at 220 amps and -7 per day, a pretty commendable performance considering it’s 61 years of service.

As 7928’s go, this is probably the nicest one we have had the pleasure of selling. In terms of rarity, These are far harder to find than their older brothers the 5512 but sell for a lot less. Expect to see examples like this continue to rise as more find their way into collections worldwide.

 

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