Submariner Marine Nationale ‘M.N.’


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WHY WE LOVE IT You should know it by now, we LOVE our military-issued watches. There is arguably no segment of vintage watch collecting with more history or romanticism. We may never know whether a given watch ever weathered active combat on the battlefield or only the inside of a homefront HQ. Either way , we know that military-issued wristwatches were purpose-built, tough as nails, and provided to the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line in the name of patriotism and honor. This particular timepiece, a Tudor Submariner issued to the Marine Nationale, comes with a little more provenance than normal: Accompanying paperwork confirms it was decommissioned from the submarine S. M. Beveziers out of Brest on the French coast in 1999. Dating to circa the late 1970s, this Reference 94010 features a 39mm stainless steel Oyster case with holey lugs, an acrylic crystal, a Rolex signed screw-down crown, a blue bidirectional rotating dive bezel, a lovely blue dial with a matching snowflake handset, and a screw-down case back with the inscription “M. N.79”.Slightly faded from use and sun, and with some indisputable industry provenance, this example has just the look and all the character we could hope for after 20 hard years of use as a military tool!For more information on this piece, please inquire!OVERALL CONDITIONThe case is in very good condition overall showing signs of light previous polishing and honest wear consistent with age and use. Blue Tritium dial shows lume loss on indices and with matching ‘snowflake’ handset. Rolex signed Triplock crown. Blue bezel insert shows multiple blemishes with light even fade. Caseback engraved “M. N.79.”


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