WatchPro featured a sale at a little-known British auction house, Gardiner Houldgate, this week because it had a rarely seen Tudor’s Submariner 7923 on the block.
The watch collecting world must have been paying attention, because the far from perfect example of Tudor’s only Submariner with a hand-would movement soared past its pre-sale estimate of $39,000 to $65,000 to sell for a hefty $78,000.
A solid result, given the watch’s original bracelet had been replaced and its crown doesn’t screw in properly.
As we reported on Tuesday, the Tudor Submariner 7923 is something of a grail watch for collectors.
It is a reference that made headlines back in 2017 when a near pristine example of the watch from 1956 or ’57 sold on eBay for $99,000.
Given it was only produced for two years, there are unlikely to be many in circulation, but the reference is well worth rummaging in the attic for, if recent auction results are any guide.