Rolex 'Red' Submariner

Rolex 'Red' Submariner

Why We Love It

Red Submariners hold a special place in the hearts of vintage Rolex collectors. 

This particular example dates to roughly 1969 and its MK 4 matte black dial is in immaculate condition with richly patinated plots. The case is strong with some signs of polishing, despite having sharp bevels. 

This example isn't perfectly mint, and that's actually a good thing in this case. For those interested in a very wearable 'Red' Sub as opposed to a collector grade example, this is for you. 

The Story

The first Rolex Submariner was launched in 1954 and has been in continuous production ever since, making it one of the longest running models of any timepiece made. Ever.

Of course, today, Rolex Submariners are significantly more… bling. With white gold surrounds and glossy black dials, the Submariner of today has become a status symbol and a piece of jewelry.

But from it’s origin, the Rolex Submariner was a stripped down tool watch, designed with one mission in mind. The clean, matte black dial and symmetrical hour plots was the hallmark of sub-aquatic, form-meets-function design. For decades, the Submariner was not a collectible Rolex; it was seen as a hardy watch chosen by those who needed something that could take a beating. And it did.


SKU: AS03520

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Circa 1969/1970.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Some signs of case polishing are present. Luminous matte black MK 4 dial is in excellent condition with richly patinated indices, and slightly lighter tritium handset. Signed crown. Caseback shows light signs of wear.

Includes 93150/580B Oyster bracelet with divers extension and flip lock clasp.

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