In 1952, Tudor launched a timepiece that immediately recalled the spirit of the Rolex brand: the Oyster Prince. The timepiece was equipped with the famous Oyster Case by Rolex and was accordingly water-resistant. That same year, 30 Oyster Prince watches were utilised in the British North Greenland Expedition, affirming the robust and reliable characteristics of the timepiece.
The Oyster Prince Submariner (Ref. 7922) is a Tudor professional diver watch that was introduced in 1954. Both the name and the design of the timepiece are reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner. At first glance, the black diver bezel, the Mercedes-hour hand, and the watch bracelet can quite easily be mistaken for a Rolex. When the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner was originally introduced, it quickly convinced professional divers around the globe. In fact, the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner was utilised by the US Navy in the 1960s. During the same time period, the first Tudor Submariner with a striking snowflake hand was introduced. As the name implies, the top portion of the hour hand is shaped like that of a snowflake, so that divers are able to distinguish between the hour and minute hands in dark or murky underwater environments. In the 1970s, Tudor was able to secure a partnership with the French Marines, therefore supplying them with robust Submariner watches for years to come.
The Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner ceased production in the 1980s, and as any watch lover might expect, consequently gained exceptional status in the world of luxury watches. The price and the demand of the timepiece exponentially increased as the years passed by. Tudor was not unaware of the large follower base and thus launched two vintage inspired models in 2012 that would remind watch connoisseurs of the iconic Oyster Prince design. These models were called the Pelagos and the Heritage Black Bay. While the Black Bay impresses with its traditional design elements, the Pelagos scores high points with watch experts thanks to its extreme strength and remarkable watch technology. The Pelagos timepieces have been equipped with an in-house manufactured calibre since 2015. The Heritage Black Bay and the Pelagos successfully carry on the tradition of Tudor watches and continually exceed the expectation of watch lovers, experts, and enthusiasts alike.