1978 Royal Canadian Navy issue Tudor Milsub 9401/0 with Bracelet

1978 Royal Canadian Navy issue Tudor Milsub 9401/0 with Bracelet


Manufacturer: Tudor

Model: Submariner 9401/0

Serial Number: 88XXXX

Year: 1978

Condition: Used w/ Normal Wear for Age, Likely Never Polished, Original Finish

Movement / Features: Automatic ETA 2776 Movement

Case: Stainless steel (40mm)

Dial: Matte Black

Bracelet: Stainless steel Rolex USA rivet bracelet w/ hollow rivets

Box & Papers: None

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Before we get into the details I just wanted to let any potential buyers know I am more than willing to talk over the phone and/or FaceTime to answer any questions. I understand this is a large purchase and my goal is to make this a positive experience by giving you confidence and security.

Offered here for sale is a Royal Canadian Navy Tudor 9401/0 transitional model MilSub w/ bracelet in excellent condition.

The watch is a transitional model, which means that unlike a traditional Snowflake Sub, this one has the snowflake hands matched with a matte black dial with rectangular lume plots at 3, 6, & 9, a triangular lume plot at 12, and circular lume plots at the other hours. This transitional model or “Hybrid Snowflake” had a small production window between 88XXXX and 89XXXX. This watch has an 88XXXX serial number that falls well within that range.

The Royal Canadian Navy started using Tudor Submariners in the late sixties and continued using them through the early nineties. Throughout their use of Tudor MilSubs, the watches may or may not be marked with the owners name and rank, the watches serial number, or the navy stores stock number. This watch has the navy store stock number (14937) engraved on the underside of the lug, leading us to believe that this watch was checked out or issued on an as-needed basis. The originality and the light wear for the watch’s age indicate that this watch might not have had a lot of field time and either spent most of its life in inventory or safely strapped to the wrist of a desk bound officer.

The watch comes with a 1977 Rolex USA C&I bracelet. The Rolex USA C&I bracelets were made by Rolex in the US in order to avoid import taxes. One obvious differentiating factor between the C&I bracelets and the Swiss ones is that the C&I bracelets have hollow rivets while the Swiss ones are solid.

As mentioned before, the condition of the watch is excellent. The original bezels are sharp and consistent. The watch has its original pearl still intact. The lume plots are all full and have even patina. The patina of the hands and dial are consistent. The watch still has its original domed plexiglass crystal with a few minor scratches. The watch has not been serviced, but is keeping very good time for its age. The bracelet has signs of wear and desk rash but is very tight, with very little stretch.

If you have any questions about this watch, please contact steve@flaneurwatches.com