Tudor’s Submariner 7923 is considered by many collectors as a grail watch because it was the only sub to house a hand wound movement.
It is a reference that made headlines back in 2017 when a near pristine example of the watch from 1956 or ’57 sold on eBay for $99,000.
Now, another example has come to light at Bath-based auctioneer Gardiner Houlgate, this time with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 to £50,000.
The auction catalogue describes the watch as an: “Extremely Rare Tudor Oyster Submariner stainless steel gentleman’s wristwatch, ref. 7923, serial no. 2180xx.
“The black ‘Swiss’ gilt text dial marked with a small Tudor Rose ‘Tudor Oyster Shock-Resisting 100m = 330ft’, with luminous baton markers and outer gilt track, Mercedes hands and centre seconds, sixty minute rotating bezel, Rolex crown marked with +, manual wind 17 jewel movement, non-original expanding bracelet, bezel 37mm.”
A comprehensive condition report says the movement appears clean and currently working, crown not screwing down correctly.
It has its original dial with a nice consistent patina to the black surface and markings.
A copy of these digital images will be supplied with the purchase of the watch.
The watch goes under the hammer on February 19, with online bidding starting the same day.