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British North Greenland Expedition 52-54. Tudor 7809

January 29 2012 at 9:40 AM

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The British North Greenland Expedition 1952-54 aimed to shed light on the nature
of Greenland and its ice sheet covering 85 per cent of the land.

Program: Understand how fast the ice was diminishing
Different kind of rocks and how much of the history of the ice sheet
would they reveal.
Extend northward using the knowledge aquired by Paul-émile Victor "expeditions
Polaires Françaises 1948-51"
Re-establishing the British polar Expedition.

It was a good opportunity for fighting services to take part in the
expedition in their own interests aswell as for Hans Wildorf giving 30 Tudors for this expedition.

The Royal Navy and the Army provided stores and equipments and loaned
personnel to back up the scientists.
The Royal Air Force flew to establish the expedition in the field.
Credit Pathé

Patron of the expedition: H.M the Queen Elisabeth
Credit Pathé

Vice-Patron: Sir Winston Churchill

30 Members of the Expedition:
Agar John Army Officer. Royal Signals.
Arnold Keith Graduate.
Mike Banks (mountaineer) Royal Marine Officer, Commando*.
Boardman Spike. Army. Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Vehicles.
Brett-Knowles B-K Naval Instructor Officer Oxford Physics Graduate*.
Brooke Dicky Naval Officer Surveyor*.
Bruce Bob.ex-RAF Wireless Operator, Seismologist.
Bull Colin Physics Graduate*.
Cadd George ex-RAFVR Officer, Seismologist.
Erskine Angus Naval Officer*.
Dean Dixie Navy Telegraphist and Radio Mechanic*.
Fletcher George Army Royal Engineers.
Hamilton Richard Oxford Physics Graduate Meteorologist Second in command.
Homard Roy Army Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Vehicles.
Jensen Hans Danish Army Officer Surveyor (died in Greenland, 1953).
Jones Eddy Merchant Navy Chief Officer*.
Lewis Harold Medical Doctor.
Lister Hal Graduate Glaciologist*.
Masterton Jock Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Medical Doctor*.
Moreton Ron Merchant Navy Chief Officer*.
Oakley Taffy Army Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Vehicles*.
Paterson Stan Graduate.
Peacock Douggie Graduate Geologist.
Rollitt Graham Naval Instructor Officer Graduate Meteorologist*.
Simpson Commander Naval Electrical Officer Leader*.
Slessor Malcolm Graduate.
Taylor Buck Navy Telegraphist*.
Taylor Pete Graduate Glaciologist*.
Wylie Peter Graduate Geologist*.
Walker Jim Army Royal Engineers.
* = Two year men

The watch I present is one of the thirty delivered by Tudor for the
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Credit Tudor site

It's a Tudor Oyster Prince Ref 7809 serial number 576XX who belonged
to Jock P.Masterton, Royal Navy Reserve Medical Doctor for both years
left,Commander Simpson
Middle, Jock P.Masterton
Right, Dicky Brooke
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It should be noted that B.N.G.E experiments were done during record breaking temperatures

The performance of this Expedition appears on every brochure of the "Explorer".
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credit Jacek Kozubek

PS: There remains 29 watches to be found. The hunt is open happy.gif

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(Login Mark020)
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Very nice story! And very nice watch

January 29 2012, 10:26 AM 

This is what this brand makes so special!

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Lovely watch and history Guillaume....

January 29 2012, 11:25 AM 

Great to see so much Tudor love at the moment! wink.gif


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(Login jedly1)
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Wonderful piece of history guillaume

January 29 2012, 12:03 PM 

Beautifully research and presented, and what provenance !!!

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(Login larryccf)

holy moly = am I glad I read this thread

January 29 2012, 1:57 PM 

that's the very model tudor i've been selling (or offering for sale) the FEF390 movement

just checked it, and the dial / case are identical, and the model number is nearly worn down but barely discernible 7809

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here's the shot

January 29 2012, 2:16 PM 

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(Login ggwilliam)
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for sure , it is the...

January 29 2012, 6:15 PM 

Same period. And the FEF 390 is also used for the ref 7922 7924 7928. Guillaume

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that was my reason for picking it and the other up

January 29 2012, 9:07 PM 

for the movement - looks like it'll be going back together if no one jumps on it

i just put one up for sale

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(Login ggwilliam)
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Whatch is now on your band

January 29 2012, 6:25 PM 

Thanks Jed. Guillaume
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excellent story; was this the expedition,where the Longines "Greenlander" was used as well

January 29 2012, 2:04 PM 

or was that a straight Royal Navy mission? kind regards. achim
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Longines "greenlander"

January 29 2012, 6:01 PM 

I Found this on MWR Forum. Hope it helps. Guillaume

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i´m getting old; forgot about that post.... i was even part of that post......

January 29 2012, 6:22 PM 

thanks for reminding me ! kind regards from down under. achim

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(Login matt4hand)
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Really cool story Thanks

January 29 2012, 4:15 PM 

Thanks for sharing! 29 left....I bet not many show up lol.

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What a super photographic essay - it belongs in our Archives!

January 29 2012, 5:24 PM 

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(Login tomvox1)
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Great post and important watch! One has to wonder whether Mr. Wilsdorf chose...

January 30 2012, 10:15 AM 

...to outfit this expedition to help bring publicity to his Tudor line (as opposed to just giving these men Explorers), as 1952 coincides with the marques official launch:


Rolex was never shy about tying in their watches with rugged expeditions and sporting activities, as proven by the Explorer line's linkage with the Hillary/Norgay Himalayan expedition and really going all the way back to Mercedes Glietz's channel swim, and what better way to show the toughness of the newly created "budget Rolex"?

Also, regarding FEF 390, it is now pretty clear that Rolex commissioned this caliber from Fleurier, which is based on their FEF 350 but with the autowind rotor added, as per Mr. Wilsdorf's requirement that Tudors be full rotor automatics. The FEF 390 was therfore exclusive to Rolex, as it is never found in other watches and also I believe that at that time Rolex still held patent rights on the full rotor "Perpetual" winding mechanism (hence the previous generation of Tudor "bumpers").

More here on my research on the FEF 390:


And a wonderful parts list from the Archive posted by larryccf:

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Thanks very much for posting this, Guillame, as not only is it historically fascinating but it is also a crucial document on the beginnings of the Tudor brand.
Best regards,

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(Login ggwilliam)
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Thanks Tom

January 30 2012, 10:38 AM 

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(Login ggwilliam)
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Thanks for all the comments

February 2 2012, 10:34 AM 

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British North Greenland Expedition '52-'54

February 19 2013, 2:12 AM 

Is there anywhere I can find a list of the serial numbers of the 30 Oyster Prince watches that were given to the expedition members. I believe I have one, but would like to be sure...
Many thanks.

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