Some old guys showing off Vietnam Tudors

May 24, 2023,23:32 PM

It's been a while, I had almost forgotten about this watch laying about. 

This one came out of the San Diego Naval base. Ken Jacobs had it and
he sold it to me back in 2007. About 25 years ago when the watch was 
only worth $1500. 

I paid his crazy price after and hour of loosing negotiations. But then how
often do you come across a watch that belonged to a US Navy Master Diver
assigned to a Submarine? I never did get the name of the person that consigned
the watch. Really would have liked to have found out who was WIJ. Less than
2 to 4% of all US Navy divers qualify for the rank of Master Diver. Usually it 
takes 10 years minimum to become qualified for the testing. It is not unusual
for Master Divers to have 20 years diving experience.

If you are familiar with Lt. Slaterly US Navy Seals then you know that the
blue Tudor 94110 was issued to some US Navy personal. Mine I don't know
if it was issued and the serial number is about a couple thousand off from Lt. Slaterly
so probably made same year and could be same order.

I saw Ken, the owner of Wannabuyawatch, back in 2019 and he was telling me that he's been getting offers for his watch of over $100K. It's really amazing Vietnam Tudor with litmus and also the name of the boat the diver was assigned to. His watch came from a US Marines Force Recon combat diver. 

More info on US Navy Seals Lt. Slaterly  ( technically was UDT)

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I love a great story to accompany a watch. The Tudor is a true workhorse.

 By: Bill : May 25th, 2023-00:58
No military heritage with this one just old time cool. ...  

I had a similar 7928

 By: Seiji Lepine : May 25th, 2023-15:56
I had another military Tudor, it was a 7928 similar to yours. Probably made after your great looking watch. I sold it thinking I was going to buy something more interesting, I had no idea how expensive these watches had gotten. Big regret, but we live and...  

Oh wow, yours?

 By: Seiji Lepine : May 25th, 2023-15:16
These are in my opinion the ultimate Vietnam Era military diver watches. Pretty impressive, are these yours? Too bad the current Blancpain have nothing to do with the Rayville watches.

 By: Seiji Lepine : May 25th, 2023-20:38
The current Blancpain company has none of the records from the original company, so really the current company is name only. I think the new company makes fine watches and I would be happy to own one. I think the new Blancpain is one of the more successfu... 

There's at least one very special dial among all the watches shown!

 By: Mary Anny : May 25th, 2023-06:47
Thanks for sharing your post!


 By: RabidManatee : May 25th, 2023-14:50
Great watch, even better story (see the link provided in the post if you haven’t already done so).

25 years ago no one wanted these watches

 By: Seiji Lepine : May 25th, 2023-15:38
It's funny how the demand for watches changes over the years. I remember 25 years ago when I was looking for these watches a Seal Team BUD/s Billy S. was writing stories about Vietnam reunions that he was attending. He took a lot of photographs of Tudor S... 


 By: PalmSprings : May 26th, 2023-06:49
What's the dot above the 6 o clock marker or is it a reflection? Stunning watch and story!

Moisture indicator.

 By: amanico : May 26th, 2023-07:01


 By: PalmSprings : May 26th, 2023-07:14
So there are 2 watches? I need to re-read the topic then. I thought I was dreaming.