1971 Rolex Red Submariner (Ref. 1680) Mk. V Dial

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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 V Red Submariner dial differentiates itself with the following details of the text located above the 6 o'clock – Most importantly the red text of the Mk V is applied directly to the dial, whereas previous versions also featured white text beneath, and the red text printed on top. The "6's" of the depth rating remain open similar to the previous dial variant, however, the opening in the Mk V is far smaller and often referred to as "almost closed". 

1971 Rolex Red Submariner (Ref. 1680) Mk. V Dial

Stock # RLXSUB1680RED
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 30XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Red" Mk. V
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 9315 Oyster Bracelet W/ 380 End Pieces



The excellent case retains super thick, symmetrical lugs that have been recently detailed/polished to exhibit crisp chamfers. The case displays gentle signs of use. The original Mk. III "fat font" bezel insert exhibits a super subtle yet tasteful patina and is exceptionally well-preserved, showing no notable signs of use, and the tritium pearl remains intact. The era-correct Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 280 end pieces retains its original "Pateted" divers extensions though the clasp blades are service replacements correctly marked "9315". The bracelet retains 11 links that show light stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The original Mk. V Red Submariner dial is simply exceptional with a near-perfect dial. The only element of age present on the dial is some nominal clipping to the very edge of the white minute track which is extremely common and expected in Red Submariner dials of this era. Otherwise, the dial shows no actual damage or age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming creamy eggshell patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original hands have been professionally restored with ear-correct tritium to perfectly match the dial. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.