1970 Rolex Red Submariner (Ref. 1680) "Mk. IV" W/ Box & Papers

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 has the word "Submariner" in red lettering and was produced by Rolex from 1969-1975. 

The Mk 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.


Stock # RLXSUB701680RED-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 28XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Red" Mk. IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 9315 Oyster Bracelet W/ 380 End Pieces



The thick and symmetrical lugs have only been gently polished in the past and remain in excellent condition with minimal signs of use present. The original Mk III "fat font" bezel insert is simply exceptional, remaining deep black in color with almost no wear, and retaining its tritium pearl which matches the dial perfectly. The Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 380 end pieces has been lightly polished in the past and retains 10 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist. The bracelet comes with two additional links as well.


The stunning matte black Mk IV dial is virtually flawless, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The tritium lume plots have achieved to gorgeous golden-yellow patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial patina perfectly and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


The watch comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, Rolex guarantee paper, Rolex booklets, translation papers, and Rolex anchor and hangtag accessories. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.