Rolex Submariner Date

Rolex Submariner Date

Why We Love It

Casual luxury: two words that might sound incongruous when paired together, and yet it’s something that Rolex does particularly well.

We don’t need to tell you that the Rolex Submariner is a classic, and there’s good reason why almost every collector winds up with a vintage Rolex sports model in their stash eventually.

We don't have to remind you that they are timeless, tough, do-anything, go-anywhere tool watches. We probably don't even have to tell you that Rolex has been producing Submariners uninterrupted since the watch was introduced at the Basel Fair watch exposition in 1954.

It goes without saying that the Rolex Submariner is one of the most recognizable, well-known watches on the planet.

This particular example, a Reference1680, comes in excellent condition with absolutely stunning patina. The 1680 was the first Submariner model to feature a date function which adds to the usability of the watch both onshore and while diving. "Purists" might deem the no-date versions more iconic, but the added convenience of a date display certainly makes the 1680 more usable.

We would certainly consider this a timeless piece built for everyday wear.

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.


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SKU: AS02906

Solid stainless steel oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Calibre 1570 Automatic Movement with date function. Circa 1977.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall with normal signs of wear from age and use. Matte dial is in outstanding condition with creamy, evenly aged luminescent plots. Untouched stainless steel handset with matching Tritium luminescent material. Rolex signed crown.

Includes 9350/580 stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed Fliplock clasp.

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