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Submariner Rolex Red 1680

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 114998
Condition: Vintage
Submariner 1680
Serial/Year: 2,9XX,XXX - 1972
Gender: Men's
Features: Automatic 1570 movement w/date, waterproof screw-down crown, rotatable time-lapse diver's bezel, acrylic crystal
Case: Excellent case which appears unpolished, original bevels clearly visible, and has some wear from use. Has a very lightly worn fat font "Kissing 40" bezel insert that has lightly faded and has a blue/grey hue. 
Dial: Excellent Mark IV Red Submariner dial with matching creamy markers and hands. 
Bracelet: Excellent Stainless steel Oyster 93150 w/ 11 links and 580 endlinks. Bracelet has light stretch from use. 
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box and Certificate of Authenticity 
Comments: This vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 comes Bob's  3-day satisfaction guarantee and one year warranty.

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680

By Paul Altieri

This is the legend, dear friends: the Rolex Submariner 1680. Introduced in the mid 60’s, this reference, was the first Submariner to sport the iconic “cyclops” date magnifier, which along with other innovations, made the 1680 one of the most well known watches in the world.

The Submariner reference 1680 brought a revolution to the Submariner line, with the addition of a calendar date function underneath the cyclops magnifier. The one we have available here is from 1972. Submariner enthusiasts will know that for the first few years of ref. 1680’s life that the word “Submariner” was printed in red as shown here. This piece proudly sports its Mark IV red letter dial, which is in excellent condition with a beautiful patina to the hour markers. The hand set has aged equally as well and match the dial quite well. The case appears to be unpolished and the original bevels are clearly visible. This is a huge draw to this watch! Another gigantic plus is the “Kissing 40” bezel insert that is present. It has minor wear for its age and looks fantastic. The 93150 bracelet has 11 links and is in excellent shape. This is great example of an iconic watch and a great start to a fantastic Rolex collection. If you have any questions feel free to contact Larry at Larry@bobswatches.com.

* 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.

red sub 1680

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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