Vintage Tudor Submariner ref 79090 c.1993

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The Watch

In 1953, the Rolex Submariner first erupted onto the scene and it's fair to say the world of watches was never the same again, the world-famous dive watch has without doubt become one of the most iconic and desirable watch models ever made. Tudor Submariners have been in production since 1954, and have steadily maintained popularity alongside the Rolex Submariner.

Almost every single part of this Sub is stamped Rolex; the resemblance here goes beyond looks, the case is identical, the dial here offers slightly different indexes, allowing us to appreciate this Sub aesthetically rather than solely for its more attractive price tag. For us, there is actually one reason to love the reference 79090: its attachment to the fundamentals of vintage Rolex. This was the very last diver from Rolex and Tudor to come with painted indexes and a top hat plexi. This guy is Tudor's version of the beloved Rolex 1680.

This particular example is in superb honest original condition and is incredibly pleasing to the eye, thanks in no small part to the all-matching lume that has aged to a slightly off-white creamy colour.

View this Sub in a video: here

The Specs

Age: c.1993.
Reference: 79090.
Movement: Automatic with Hacking Centre Seconds and Date Function.
Calibre: Tudor Signed ETA 2824-3.
Timekeeping: Keeping Excellent time.
Service History: Fully Serviced June 2023. History of Service from 2009.
Dial: All Original Tudor Tritium Factory Dial.
Case: All Stainless Steel
Case Size: 39mm
Bezel: Wonderful Original Bezel.
Water Resistant?: Yes, Resealed and Tested up to 50m.
Hands: Original Handset.
Crystal: Original "top hat" Crystal.
Crown: Original TripLock.
Strap/Bracelet: On a NOS Tudor 78500 Solid Link Bracelet with 380b End Links, In fabulous condition currently fitting around 7.75in with one spare link. It has a divers extension also.
Lug Width: 20mm
Box and Papers: Original Box and Anchor, no paperwork.

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- In superb honest original condition.
- The last Submariner with Top Hat Crystal.
-  Matching Patina on Dial and Hands.
-Tudor's answer to the 1680.
-NOS Tudor 78500 Bracelet.
-Fully Serviced.
- Comes with Original Box and Tudor Anchor.
Nitty Gritty:
-Some minor Scratches throughout the Case.

Overall the Sub is in very nice condition.
The Case has some minor marks and scratches throughout.
The crown is original and screws to the case nicely.
"Top hat" Crystal is in very good shape.
The bracelet is in excellent condition.
The Dial is in fantastic condition.
Photographed on a 7in Wrist