1972 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 # RLXSUB721680RED-7
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 29XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 501B End Pieces



The strong case has been previously lightly polished retaining thick and even lugs with very light wear from use. The "fat font" bezel insert has taken on a lovely dark grey coloration. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces is in great overall condition exhibiting little stretch and light wear from use.


The excellent matte black Mk. IV Red Submariner dial is in extremely well-preserved condition, showing no wear on the dial or chipping on the outer minute track that is commonly seen on Red Submariner dials. The original tritium lume plots have taken on a charming creamy yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial.


None. Watch is running at spec, previous service history is unknown.