Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 110

Ref. 1680, Oyster-Perpetual Date, Submariner, Superlative Chronometer Officialy Certified, Red Sub Dial, Stainless-steel

EUR 30,000 - 50,000

USD 33,900 - 57,000 / HKD 266,000 - 442,000 / CHF 31,200 - 52,000

A very fine, stainless steel automatic seconds wristwatch, Ref. 1680, “Red Sub”, water resistant 200m. Black matte dial, luminous hours markers, Submariner name in red letters, “SWISS – T < 25” at 6 o’clock. Magnifying cyclops lens on the 3 o’clock affixed to the surface of its acrylic crystal.

Guards around the screwed crown and black aluminum insert fitted in the timing bi-directional bezel, Fat Font writing. Mercedes-style hands.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model Submariner

Reference 1680

Year Circa 1973

Movement No. D633456

Case No. 3270327

Bracelet Stainless-steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp, approx. length 160 mm.

Diameter 41 mm.

Caliber Rolex 1570

Weight 119gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Rolex box, guarantee, original invoice, original tag, original chronometer seal, and original anchor


Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was the first diving watch water-resistant to 100m. The reference 1680 is the most emblematic vintage Submariner with date, produced approximately from 1967 to 1978. This particular model is called “Red feet first” due to the writings on the dial. These “Red Submariner” were only produced for the first part of the ref. 1680’s production run, until approximately 1975. MK6 Red Submariner dials are the last version of the feet-first dial, meaning the feet depth rating appears before the meter rating. They are produced approximately from 1973 to 1976. Same as the MK5 dials, they feature the red ‘SUBMARINER’ text printed directly on the dial, but are differentiated by the very distinct ‘closed sixes’ for the depth rating.