Rolex "Red" Submariner - 1968

Rolex "Red" Submariner - 1968

 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.

In 1966, Rolex adapted its Submariner design to include a date functions, dubbing their new creation as the Submariner “Oyster Perpetual Date” and giving it a new reference – Ref. 1680 – making it the first dive watch from the revered manufacture to have a date function. The inclusion of a date function was an invitation to Rolex buyers to wear their watches longer and in a variety of environments. Effectively, the date function turned a simple dive watch into a timepiece capable of everyday wear on and off the water.

For the first few production years of the 1680, the word Submariner was printed in red, a feature that makes them all the more sought after today. In 1974, Rolex began phasing out the red printing, a process that was done gradually from market to market. This particular example has a 2.6 million serial dating it to roughly 1968. With an amazing faded bezel insert, this Red Sub has all the looks you expect from a piece of this caliber. 


Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1680. Rolex 1570 Automatic Movement. C. 1968.

Overall Condition: The watch is in very nice condition, with some light wear marks visible on the upper and lower lugs. The stainless steel case shows some signs of previous light polishing. Original matte Rolex dial is in excellent condition with an incredible even creamy patina to the luminous markers. Printing is crisp and sharp. Original handset is in good condition, showing no signs of light oxidation, but luminous material bears a lovely creamy patina. Genuine Rolex bezel insert is in a lovely faded condition. Original Rolex-signed crown. Original case back.

Includes Rolex Ref. 9315 Folded Link Bracelet with flip lock clasp and divers extension and two 20 mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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