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Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Red


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Manufacturer: Rolex
Regular Price: $25,719.86
Item Number: 148107
Condition: Vintage
Model Name/Number: Submariner 1680 "Red Sub"
Serial/Year: 3,0XX,XXX - 1972
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 1575
Case: Excellent case that has been previously polished shows some light scratches and wear. The bezel ring has remained sharp and the bezel insert is in great condition with some scratches and light wear. Serial and reference numbers are clearly visible. Inner case back is stamped: 1680 III.71. 
Dial: Excellent matte black MK5 dial with Tritium creamy markers. The lume in the hands has been color corrected to match the lume on the dial. 
Bracelet: Excellent 93150 with 12 links, 580 end links and divers extension. The clasp is stamped "VB" corresponding to 1977 and is a later service replacement. 
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.

Vintage Watch Condition Examination

This Rolex watch is in overall great vintage condition. The case is thick with scratches and some wear, it has been polished in the past. The bezel ring has remained sharp and the bezel insert is in great condition with some scratches and wear/ chips along the inner edge.  The dial is in great condition with light patina and some wear around the hour markers. The lume has aged to a lovely buttery color. The hands have developed patina. The lume in the hands has been color corrected and are very close to matching the lume on the dial. The bracelet is a later service replacement and is in good condition with some wear and scratches. It has some stretch between the links. 

Vintage 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. 

This circa 1972 watch features a Mark V matte black dial. The Mark V dial is distinguished by the feet first depth rating with open 6s that and red Submariner text painted directly onto the dial. The open 6s on this Mark dial are not as pronounced as the Mark IV dials and may need a loupe to see that they aren't connected.  

* 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.


This pre-owned Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty

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Excellent service, staff was very helpful in educating me on my purchase. I’ll never consider buying anywhere else


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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