Rolex Submariner Date
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Rolex Submariner Date

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!

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. The dial is nearly flawless, with rich creamy tritium lume and matching handset, the case is sharp and clean. To know that the watch is untouched is reassuring for those concerned with originality

At the end of the date, there are two camps when it comes to Submariners - Date or No Date. If you fall into the Date positive group, this remarkable example is about as good as it gets.

The Story

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.

 

Details

SKU: AS03276

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 1680. Circa 1978.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use and no sign of machine polish. Luminous matte black dial is in near flawless condition with applied evenly patinated tritium lume and matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes stainless steel Oyster Bracelet (93150/580 HD) with signed clasp.

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