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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 3.8 million serial, putting production somewhere at the tail end of 1973 or very early 1974. The inclusion of the Reference 93150 solid-link bracelet with flip lock clasp makes this excellent execution an infinitely wearable, not to mention collectible, vintage Submariner.
Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1680. Rolex Ref. 1575 Automatic Movement. C. 1973.
Overall Condition: The watch is in excellent condition over all. The stainless steel case shows some signs of light polishing, as well as a few marks from wear a use, mainly to bevels along the right side lugs. Original Rolex dial is free of dust and debris, and shows no signs of water damage or fading. Printing is crisp and sharp. Luminous material on the dial and hands has patinated to a lovely even cream, with some slight pull-back on the hour markers. Genuine Rolex replacement bezel insert. Original Rolex-signed Trip-lock crown. Original case back.
Includes Rolex Ref. 93150 Solid Link Bracelet with flip lock clasp and divers extension and two 20 mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.