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From Navy Seals to the French Marine NationaleW

Post by koimaster » August 9th 2019, 2:26pm

With a proud naval history backing up the might of its contemporary pieces, Tudor made its first foray into diving watches in 1954, when its reputation for robust, accurate, affordable timekeepers saw it quickly adopted as the tool of choice for professional divers - including many of the world's largest navies.

The French Marine Nationale (MN) was the first to recognise Tudor's capabilities in 1956, when it trialled the ref. 7922, setting in motion the development of today's Tudor Submariner.

"Feedback about the small crown led to Tudor developing a larger winder on watches now known as 'Big Crown Subs' [ref. 7924]," explains Ross Povey, owner of and a leading authority on military Tudors.

"The most significant development from the partnership, though, was the distinctive 'Snowflake' hands, which were Tudor's response to requests for improved legibility in murky, underwater conditions, and are now a key feature of Black Bay watches."

By the 1970s the French had settled on the Submariner ref. 9401, with Snowflake hands and square hour markers. Ordered until the mid-1980s and still in use in the early 2000s, the watches were fitted with military-issue fabric straps after delivery and engraved on the casebacks with "M.N.", followed by the year of supply. ... ule-waves/

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