Our good friends Darren and Ross Povey from Tudor Collector discussed the history of military issued Tudor Submariners on the most recent episode of “Making Time” podcast. We plan to do a complete W.O.E. Dispatch on South African MilSubs in the future but this is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Tudor and various military watches from the expert.
South African MilSubs are controversial pieces given the ties to the South African Defence Force, but they are fascinating snapshots into that period of history.
Pictured above is a black 7016 from approximately 1974. I acquired this piece from Ross when I visited Zulu Alpha in Liverpool last year and it is the crown jewel of my collection. There are fewer than 10 confirmed pieces. As many of you know, I have spent much of my life living and working in Africa and this piece has long been a “grail” watch for me. It’s an honor to be the custodian today. See above for the story of the watch and how W.O.E. became the lucky owner.