I am new to the forum and pretty new to the watch scene. I am on the hunt for a snowflake or a snowflake project. I am curious if someone and dissect the following watch for me:
The 40mm case on this Tudor Prince Oysterdate Submariner has an unknown but potentially very exciting history. This watch, which potentially has military provenance, was purchased at auction from a Canadian corporation. There is speculative evidence that would lend credibility to the narrative but it is difficult to prove. Research has shown that the Canadian Navy was known to engrave in haphazard manner military markings for a brief period of time. The case is manually engraved with the number 20323 where the original serial would have been. The reference number 94010 is faint but visible. At times military markings were performed at the local level, by the stores master, and frequently were terribly crude. If one searches Military Watch Research Forum there are a couple examples of similar markings and stories of this type of rough numeration. While we are not claiming as fact that this watch is a milsub, we are offering indications of that exciting possibility for the future owner to pursue investigating further, if they wish.
The case shows some scratches and tiny dings, and the caseback shows some signs of wear. The correct Rolex coronet signed crown with triplock indication screws into the crown tube smoothly. This example of the 79090 features an extremely clean snowflake dial, without any noticeable blemishes or discoloration. Please note we have attached an image of the dial and handset and lume pip in complete darkness, and under infrared (IR) lighting. While the lume on the dial does not glow, we do believe that it is possible that they have been relumed, which is also consistent for military watches, as they were tools, they needed to be functionally bright during their service life.
The Tudor-signed ETA self-winding caliber 2824-2 movement is in great running condition with the date advancing correctly. The inside caseback is stamped 9411, as is correct. The aftermarket plexiglass crystal is in brand new condition