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Why We Love It
The Rolex Submariner is perhaps the most essential watch in a vintage watch enthusiast's collection.
While non-date models such as the 5513 hog most of the attention, we find added convenience from a date function, and are enthusiastic about the value proposition early Reference 1680 'Date Subs' represent. This particular example not only brings that into stark relief, but offers a tremendous amount of character to boot!
First things first, let's address the patina. The untouched handset has developed a rich, dark patina - something many would change out, but we chose to leave it as found - after all, they help tell its story! Just as satisfying are the beautifully yellowed luminescent indices against the flawless black matte dial - just lovely.
Worthy of further note is the fact that the date wheel is not white. It's silver. The earliest 1680s had silver date wheels, and while those serviced by Rolex were replaced with a white date wheel, this one retains its correct part. To know that the watch is untouched is reassuring for those concerned with originality.
Fitted with a domed, non-magnified acrylic crystal, MK III bezel insert, color-matched genuine pip, and a solid link 78360 Oyster bracelet with Flip-Lock clasp, this is an excellent example for the Sub enthusiast who wants to wear and enjoy their iconic sports diver - not just leave it in a display case gathering dust!
The Reference 1680, released in 1966, deviated from previous iterations of the Submariner--such as the beloved ref. 5513--by including a date function. This change was remarkably divisive because, according the diehards, if you need to know the date while on a dive, you're kind of screwed.
Despite the divided opinions on the added functionality, it ticks all the boxes for a tool watch. A sturdy stainless steel case? Check. Robust movement that is dust-proof, shock-proof, and waterproof? Check, check, and check.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 1680. Rolex automatic winding movement. Circa 1977.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition with thick lugs, showing signs of sleeve polishing and normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous matte black dial is in great condition with rich even patination. Luminous handset shows dark patination. Signed crown.
Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet (78360/580) with signed Flip-Lock clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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