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If you're reading this, you already know. The Rolex Submariner is arguably the most recognized timepiece in the world, and quite possibly the most significant diver's watch ever produced. It goes without saying that any timepiece in production for 60 years has something seriously good going for it.
But in our opinion, not all Submariners are created equal. Those produced from the mid-80s onwards featured a glossy black dial with hour markers surrounded in white gold, giving the original diver's tool watch a significantly "blingier" appearance. Prior to this change (which occurred circa 1984), all Submariner dials were matte black in coloring, and featured painted markers without the surrounds. As these age, they patinate brilliantly, making the matte dial Subs much more desirable to collectors and enthusiasts.
While no-date Submariners (such as reference 5512 and 5513) often hog the spotlight for being the "go to" vintage Submariner, there is something to be said for a watch with a date function - particularly if you intend to wear it daily. What we've got here is a superb example of an infinitely wearable vintage Submariner, combining the tremendous appearance of the early matte dials with the added functionality of a date display. Dating from 1977, this Submariner reference 1680 is in superb original condition, and comes complete with its Oyster Bracelet, original box, and hang tag. All in all, a LOT of iconic vintage diver for thousands less than the price of a new one.
Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 39 mm (excluding crown).
Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition overall, showing signs of light polishing in its past, but retaining crisp, fat lugs. Original bezel ring with genuine Rolex replacement insert with Superluminova dot. Dial and hands are in incredible original condition, with a matching creamy patina. No discoloration or scratching whatsoever. Original Rolex Trip-Lock crown shows a few marks from wear. Case back is in excellent condition with no tool marks.
Includes original Oyster Bracelet (# 78360 with # 580 End Links) with signed flip lock clasp and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle. Also includes original Inner and Outer Rolex boxes and Hang Tag.