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Rolex Red Submariner 1680

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 150966
Condition: Vintage
Model Name/Number: Submariner 1680 "Red Sub" 
Serial/Year: 3,3XX,XXX - 1973
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 1575
Case: Good stainless steel case that has been polished in the past. The originally black bezel insert has faded to an even greyish-blue color throughout and the pip is gone at 12. Case back is stamped 1680  "IV.72". Serial and reference numbers are visible. Acrylic crystal has some wear. 
Dial: Excellent "Red Submariner" dial with patina. The hour markers and hands have developed patina. 
Bracelet: Very good stainless steel USA C&I Oyster Rivet with 9 links. Back of clasp is stamped "74." The bracelet shows wear and stretch between the links. 
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box
Warranty: This vintage Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.


This Rolex watch is in overall good vintage condition. The case shows wear with scratches and nicks. The case appears to have been polished in the past and the bevels are still visible. The caseback has scratches and has a small indentation. The case shows wear between the lugs and inside the caseback edges. The crown shows some wear. The bezel insert has faded from black to a lovely bluish greyish-blue color and the pip at 12 is gone. The bezel ring is a later replacement and the date wheel is also a replacement. The dial is overall clean and has light patina. Some of the lume plots on the dial show signs of degradation and have darkened. The lume on the dial and in the hands have developed patina and are close to matching in color. The hands have developed patina. The Oyster rivet bracelet is in good condition with some wear and stretch between the links, the clasp is stamped "74" which makes sense for the production of the watch. 

Rolex red Submariner 1680

By Paul Altieri

Rolex introduced the reference 1680 around 1969 and it was in production until roughly 1979. This was the first Submariner to feature the date function and Rolex still offers date and no-date models to this day. This example has the word "Submariner" written in red text and collectors refer to these as the "Red Submariner." Rolex did this until around 1975 and then they switched to all white text. Collectors tend to gravitate towards these Red Subs and we have seen demand increase significantly in the last couple years. Collectors have identified six different dial variations that the Red Sub was offered with during its production and this example has a Mark IV dial. The Mark IV dial is distinguished by the feet first depth rating with open 6s and the red Submariner text on white that can peek through. 

This example has aged in a beautiful way from the lume to the bezel, its got some character. The bezel has gone from black to a gorgeous faded bluish grey that gives the watch a distinctly vintage look. 

* All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. Certificates are issued by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication. WatchCSA Certified Pre-Owned certificates are provided for an additional fee at checkout. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed. Note that "B&P" means "box and papers" where stated.


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So far everything has been great!

This watch checks all the boxes I was looking for in a 1680

My birth year serial Perfect matching markers and hands patina Perfect matching pearl Fat font insert with a beautiful grey out fade patina Running 100% excellent time. Accurate to the second even after 24 hours and non effects by wearing or resting positions.

Vintage 1973 Rolex Red Submariner 1680

outstanding example of Red Submariner. Exactly what I have been looking for.

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Item delivered promptly and as described.

Good Every Day Watch

A little late on my review but I thought better late than never. I purchased this watch as an every day timepiece and couldn't be happier. I wear it everywhere and it still looks and functions great.

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