Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Jun 28, 2020

LOT 345

ROLEX, REF. 1680, RED SUBMARINER, METER FIRST MARK II, TROPICAL DIAL, BOX AND PAPERS

A very fine and extremely rare, stainless steel, self-winding diver's wristwatch with uniform tropical meter first brown dial.

Brand Rolex

Model Submariner

Reference 1680

Year Made circa 1969

Case No. 2241069

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex bracelet (9315/280), approx. overall length 170 mm.

Caliber 1570

Dimensions 39 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Original fitted box, punched Chronometer attestation, Your Rolex booklet, spare faded bezel insert, anchor

CHF 40,000 - 60,000

HKD 320,000 - 480,000 / USD 40,000 - 60,000

Sold: CHF 103,750


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-01

Very good

Patinated

HANDS Original


Notes

While the 1680 Submariner needs no further introduction since its launch in 1969, the red Submariner is a classic Submariner that is now part of most important collectors, While later versions are relatively common, these early examples featuring a meter first dial represent a very small percentage of the total red sub production. Combined with a beautifully aged, incredibly uniform, tropical dial (these were often replaced at Rolex service centers making them even less common), this color-change is only found on mark 2 and 3 dials. This example fitted with its correct smaller punched Chronometer attestation and its original fitted bracelet dated 1971 makes this the ultimate example to own.