‘Snowflake’ Tudor Submariner, estimated at £7000-9000 at Tennants.

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These watches feature square hour markers and the quirky hand style that earned the nickname and helped distinguish the watch from its older and more expensive sibling, the Submariner produced by parent company Rolex.

Although supplied to the Marine Nationale, Snowflakes were also designed and priced for everyday use. They came in different dial colours with the option to buy with or without a date display. All feature movements by Swiss watch manufacturer ETA.

Although often dismissed as ‘copies’ by the first generation of tool watch collectors, they are now recognised as a much rarer beast than the Rolex Submariner.

This example, dated IV70 with original dial finish and nicely aged hands, comes for sale at Tennants in Leyburn on March 19 with a guide of £7000-9000.