1970 Rolex Red Submariner (Ref. 1680) "Mk. IV Dial"

Rolex 1680 Vintage Ad

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 is a stunning classic. First introduced in 1969, the Ref. 1680 includes the date, unlike previous Submariners (ie. Ref. 5512 and 5513). The Infamous Red Submariner is also a Ref. 1680 which had the word "Submariner" in red lettering which was produced by Rolex from 1969-1975. 

The Mark IV dial differentiates itself with the following which can be seen in the text located above the 6 o'clock – starting with a serial number that falls in the correct range for this type of dial. The red lettering on white and distinctive open “6” are the notable characteristics of the Mk. IV Dial. The Mk. IV was the earliest "feet first" red submariner.


This 1970 Rolex Red Submariner Ref. 1680 with Mk. IV dial is an excellent example, suitable for the collector that is obsessed with the little details. Perfectly worn in any situation from black tie to weekend casual.

Stock # RLXSUB1680RED-70
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 26XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk. IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex C+I Stretch Rivet



The previously polished case retains strong and even lugs with little signs of use. The "fat-font bezel insert has taken on a slight gray fade showing minimal wear and retains its tritium pearl, which matches the dial perfectly. The Rolex C+I stretch rivet bracelet is dated I-70 and is in wonderful condition with no stretch from use.


The original black Mk. IV matte dial is in exquisite condition without blemishing or signs of wear. The tritium lume plots are a charming ivory coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's. 


None. The watch is running at COSC spec, previous service history is unknown.