TUDOR announced joining forces again with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in 2021, and in doing so reviving a relationship that started in 1956 and lasted decades. Back then, the Groupe d’Étude et de Recherches Sous-Marines (G.E.R.S.), a scientific body attached to the French Navy and based in Toulon, took delivery of some Oyster Prince Submariner watches in order to assess them in real-life situations. They were references 7922 and 7923, both waterproof to 100 metres (330 ft) and fitted with self-winding and manual movements, respectively. The waterproofness of these watches was judged to be "perfect" and their performance "entirely correct" by the G.E.R.S. commanding officer at the time. Persuaded by the potential of the instruments offered by the Genevan brand, he quickly placed more orders, enabling TUDOR to attain the status of "official supplier to the French Navy" in 1961. A status that TUDOR enjoyed through the 80's.