Tudor Mini-Submariner

Tudor Mini-Submariner

It is perhaps one of the greatest injustices in horology that women's wristwatches are so commonly treated as lesser objects, resulting in far fewer iconic designs worth collecting. 

This is truly a shame, given that for centuries wristwatches were almost exclusively the province of women--from Queen Elizabeth I to Marie Antoinette to Josephine Bonaparte, until the First World War popularized wristwatches for men. The lack of thoughtfully-executed women's watches in today's market is probably one of the reasons why horologically-minded ladies have taken to wearing men's watches in the past decade. Fortunately, a few manufactures have begun producing proper ladies watches again.

By proper ladies watches we mean those that eschew faux-gold, not-so-precious stones, and batteries for the real thing: mechanical, wearable art, in precious metals or just sturdy, no-frills steel. To those of us who believe that there should be a watch for every wrist, no matter how petite, this could not have come sooner. Still, when it comes to vintage options for ladies, the pickings can be slim, quite the opposite from the men's market.

But there are pieces like this one from Tudor that fill that niche with scaled-down versions of their popular men's watches that are ideal for women--or the smaller-wristed gentleman. 

Tudor is a brand that needs no introduction. The little brother of Rolex has stepped out of the shadow of its parent company in ways that founder Hans Wilsdorf could not have imagined. But one thing that Wilsdorf set out to do with Tudor was offer Rolex quality at a more affordable price point.

And yet one never feels like one is buying an inferior product when one buys a Tudor--even one that's slightly smaller.

Tudor introduced the Reference 73090 Submariner in the 1980s and it ran until Tudor discontinued the line in the 1990s. The Reference 73090 was released in four sizes: 40mm, 36mm, 28mm, and 32mm, which we have here. At 32mm the Mini-Sub is not quite as dainty as the 28mm ladies' sub, hence its suitability for boys or a woman for whom 36mm or 40mm would be too large, but 28mm just a shade too small. 

Despite the size, the case is all-steel--none of that frou-frou diamond-encrusted gold-plated nonsense. It's quite simply just a scaled-down version of the diver with Mercedes hands that we all know and love. With a robust automatic movement, it's a solid diver--despite its size!


Stainless steel case is approximately 32mm (excluding crown). Tudor Prince Oysterdate Submariner Reference 73090. ETA Self-Winding movement. Circa 1990s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel Oyster case is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Rotating bezel is in excellent condition with crisp printing. Dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing and no major signs of discoloration. Rolex crown. Rolex case back has some signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 17mms stainless steel 6249 Tudor bracelet with 611 end links.

SKU: TT01126

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