The Tudor Oyster-Prince Submariner
May 31, 2012
The Tudor Oyster-Prince "Submariner" circa 1959 is the rarest version of the Tudor Submariner. This particular example features square crown guards that were leftover from the Rolex Submariner 5512 but then subsequently replaced by pointed crown guards because they made it too hard to unscrew the crown. The leftover Rolex cases were passed on to Tudor and used in the model (shown). The case measures 39.5 mm in diameter by 14 mm in height. The lugs accept a 20 mm strap and this version is fitted with a brown goatskin leather Nato strap.
This Tudor has an original dial that has faded to a chocolate brown "Tropical" tone. The gilt (gold painted) print is original as well. Moreover, this is one of the best looking Tudor Submariner dials ever produced. Inside, is self-winding Tudor caliber T.390, developed by Rolex in the 1950s, specifically for Tudor. According to well known Rolex expert James Dowling, "It was a rugged and rather high automatic movement with a central rotor winding in both directions. Its components were markedly similar to those of the contemporary Rolex Caliber 1030, including the shape of the rotor, the Maltese spring to stop the rotor, and the sprung discs of the twin click. The movement has 17 jewels, flat Nivarox hairspring and Kif-Trior shock resistance."