Please read Ross Povey’s article on these watches on his website: https://tudorcollector.com/rosstalks/new-finds-lagoven-tudor-sub-mariners/
Please note the 1968 watch is already sold. This listing and price are only for 1 Tudor from the pair, the 1969 one with 737,782 serial number.
These watches were both found together and I would like to be able to sell them to a collector who will appreciate them together. Please inquire if you just wish to buy one of them and which, so I can put you on a list, but currently only entertaining inquiries for both.
About a year ago, in 2019, I found a Tudor 7016/0 with a shield logo dial which came out of Venezuela and had an engraving on the back, which I haven’t seen before. The engraving read: Lagoven with a number below matching the watch’s case serial number. Lagoven was a state ran Venezuelan oil company. Without any provenance or other similar watches to compare to, I could only guess and assume the origin and use of that watch. I had little choice by to sell it as a normal 7016 with Shield Logo dial, but also made sure to document it. This watch can be found in my archived listings.
Recently, I found and received two more 7016’s with similar engravings on back, in same “raw and used” conditions; both came without a strap or bracelet, both form Venezuela. Based on signs of use and unpolished condition, I am more confident now that these watches were issued by state to divers working for Lagoven to use during maintenance and/or exploration projects.
Ross Povey from TudorCollector.com and I got together and I shared with him pictures, facts, and some of the responses I received from IG followers to put together an article about these.
The second watch is the one from 1969 production with serial number 737,782. This one also shows plenty of signs of use but again retains its unpolished condition. Original hands with big lollipop seconds hand. Twinlock crown by Rolex remains. Caseback is original, stamped LAGOVEN with serial number in same font as the other; inside is stamped IV.68.
The crystal is left original and cleaned up with Polywatch to get rid of the haziness so you can see the glory of the dial underneath!