Tudor celebrates first 50 years of legendary snowflake hands first introduced in 1969
Nowadays a famous TUDOR signature, the angular hands accompanied by characteristic dials with square hour-markers first appeared in TUDOR’s 1969 catalogue. At the time, they came fitted on two diving watches, respectively bearing references 7016 and 7021.
This design was innovative in that it allowed for a lot of luminescent material to be applied to the hands and dials thus guaranteeing excellent legibility in all conditions.
In the 1990’s, as this design was somewhat reminiscent of the shape of a partial snowflake, watch enthusiasts started referring to all TUDOR diving watches showing this configuration as “Snowflake” Submariners.
The “Snowflake” design became popular with collectors having been adopted early on and used extensively by the divers of the French Navy up until the mid-2000’s. Some of the largest navies in the world have also chosen to use these for their diving personal, including the US and Canadian navies as well as the Italian and many others.
First introduced in 1969 and used until the mid-eighties for diving watches exclusively, the “snowflake” configuration re-entered the Tudor collection at Baselworld 2012 with the combined launch of the popular Black Bay and Pelagos models. Today it remains the single most proprietary and recognized TUDOR design element, seen in both its Black Bay and Pelagos lines.
The Tudor collection can be found in Mamić boutique, in Frane Petrić 7 Street in Zagreb, which is a proud member of the worldwide network of Official Tudor Retailers.