In 1954, Tudor set out on a new path which would contribute to forging its legend. It was in that year that the brand’s first divers’ watch, the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7922, saw the light of day. Designed from its origin to fulfil exceptional criteria of durability, reliability, precision and waterproofness at a moderate price, it quickly positioned itself as an instrument of choice for professionals. Developed for the explicit needs of diving, it was characterised by unique dials with square hour markers and matching hands, known to collectors by the name “snowflakes”.
The history of Tudor goes back to 1926 where Hans Wilsdorf the owner of Rolex started the brand. The aim of the Tudor brand was to offer a more affordable watch that would preserve the Rolex reputation for quality. Tudor experimented with styles and materials that were not generally found in the Rolex model line. Tudor watches were originally equipped with off-the-shelf movements while using Rolex quality cases and bracelets, allowing it to provide the reliability and dependability of a Rolex but at a lower price.