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Rolex Submariner Date ‘Red’ (1680)


Pre-Owned Rolex 40mm “Red” Submariner Date, Black Mark IV Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 1680

Rolex first introduced the 1680 reference Submariner back in 1969 and was in production until 1979. What is unique about the 1680 reference is that it was the first Submariner to feature a date function. This Submariner has the ‘Submariner’ text written in red which of course has been referred to by collectors as a ‘Red Submariner’. Since these ‘Red Subs’ were only produced for such a short time, they are extremely sought after by vintage collectors. This watch and its 40mm stainless steel case features a Mark IV matte black dial. The Mark IV dial is highlighted by the feet first depth rating with open 6’s and red Submariner text painted directly onto the dial. The dials tritium lume has developed a distinguished patina, with the hour markers and hands aged to a nice off white, pale yellow color giving it a great vintage aesthetic. Powered by a self winding 1575 caliber movement, which offers 44 hours of power reserve. Attached is an Oyster bracelet in stainless steel with a folding clasp.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


Rotating, Bi-directional, 60-Minute

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size







Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0005588
Model #1680
Model NameSubmariner
Year Producedca. 1971
Serial Number250XXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.