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Lot #1642

Rolex Red Submariner 1680 MK VI Dial

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Introduction

Debuting in 1953 and released to the public the following year, the Rolex Submariner has undoubtedly become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time thanks to its legendary status as Rolex's flagship dive watch. Used extensively by the British Royal Navy and professional diving operations like COMEX, the Submariner set the bar for all dive watches to follow. Featuring a genuinely timeless design that has remained relatively unchanged throughout its history, the Rolex has become the archetypal sports watch. With very few large-scale aesthetic upgrades made to it over the years except for timely advancements like introducing a date function to the collection in the late '60s, and its modern cerachrom bezels, the Submariner is seen as the prototypical dive watch thanks to its consistency. The Submariner has earned its status as a legendary watch, with it today remaining as one of the most sought-after timepieces around.

Released around 1967, the Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 marked a change of direction for the famed Genevan watchmaker. While tool watches had long been Rolex's focus during the 1950s, Submariner ref. 1680 announced Rolex's intention to cater to a new, larger market. The ref. 1680's new date function marked Rolex's true recognition that their watches had become an accessory worn by those that did not need Rolex's impressive tool-watch capabilities but rather everyday conveniences. The first production examples of the ref. 1680 were denoted by their red "Submariner" inscription, which was later phased out for white text by 1973, in keeping with the rest of the dial's design. An essential piece of horological history, the Submariner ref. 1680 "Red" sowed the seed for what would become the archetypal Submariner – the Submariner Date, a fact that collectors continue to appreciate as the ref. 1680 continues to skyrocket in desirability.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Service Papers

Est. value range

$15,000 – $20,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Submariner

Movement

Automatic cal. 1575

Reference

1680

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1974

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, service pouch and 2007-dated Rolex service papers

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Featuring the elusive red Submariner inscription on its dial, this Mark VI Red Submariner's hands and luminous markers have aged to a beautiful deep shade of yellow that lends this example plenty of character and intrigue.

THE CONSTRUCTION

With its 40mm stainless steel filling the wrist with a familiar sense of heft, this 1680 will make quite the statement piece considering its unique patina and illusive nature as a sought-after vintage Submariner ref. 1680.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall excellent condition. The previously polished case has thick lugs and minor surface wear and scratches. The dial is in immaculate condition, with creamy patina and matching hands. The bracelet is a later 91350 solid oyster band with 11 links, 1 of which is removable. The band exhibits little stretch, and the clasp cornet is worn as shown.

Our Perspective

An iconic piece of the Submariner's history, the ref. 1680 belongs in any Rolex aficionado's collection with its classic dial design, charming vintage construction, and beautifully developed patina bringing plenty of character to the watch whether it's on or off your wrist.

Justin Gruenberg

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