ROLEX SUBMARINER DATE 1680 MK1

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ROLEX SUBMARINER DATE 1680 MK1

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    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ROLEX
MODEL: 1680
YEAR: 1977
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 40MM
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC

The Rolex Submariner 1680 has long been held in high regard amongst aficionados and collectors worldwide. This reverence is not unwarranted; the 1680 was, after all, the first of the Submariners to incorporate a date function, a simple yet groundbreaking feature. This singular attribute effectively bridged the gap between the practicality of a tool watch and the prestige of a status symbol.

This particular reference has seen a growing following over the years, owing not just to its historical significance, but also to the intriguing variations it offers. With diverse dial and bezel configurations, the 1680 becomes a subject of in-depth study for any enthusiast, revealing a complexity of design that is as compelling as it is distinctive.

From its inception in 1967 until 1976/77, these timepieces were affectionately known as the 'Red Subs,' a nod to the distinctive red lettering on their dials. Six dial configurations emerged during this period, further diversifying the collection. Between 1977 and 1979, the 1680 evolved once again, presenting white text across three different dial variants known as the MK1/2 and 3 white.

The specific model we offer today is the MK1 variant from 1977. The dial and hands have a wonderful patina, nothing has been relumed. The original silver date wheel is still in place as well as the faded MK3 insert, the pip on this has been replaced. The original 93150 bracelet, coded VC, dates back to 1978. 

The case has been polished a few times in the past, you can see around the crown guards but no pin poke around the lugs. The watch was serviced last year and is still running +6 per day and 265 amps. 

All in all its a very attractive watch with tons of character and competitively priced.

 

 

 

 

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