1971 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 specific Red Submariner is in very good overall condition piece would make a versatile daily driver in a casual setting or would look great paired with a suit. The Ref. 1680 is an all-around wonderful sports watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece. 

Stock # RLXSUB711680RED-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 27XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet 580 Ends



The excellent case was recently polished remaining thick and sharp. The bezel is stunning showing no signs of wear or use and has faded to a very obvious blue coloration. The 93150 bracelet with 580 end pieces has bee polished showing light stretch retaining 11 links.


The beautiful Mk. IV matte dial is in great vintage condition. The lume has taken on a dark orange or "pumpkin" patina and shows no lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no lume degradation when inspected under U.V. light.


The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.