1973 Rolex Red Submariner 1680 "Burnt Orange" MK VI 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 VI 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 which starts in tin the id 3m range and ends at the 4m. The Mark VI dial posses a feet-first depth rating. red lettering is printed directly on the dial as apposed to over white text. the “6” in the depth rating are closed as opposed to open and the “S’ looks rounded and not flat like the other MK variants of teh Red Submariner dial.

Rolex Red Submariner MKVI dial

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 # RLXSUB731680RED
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 39XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk VI
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Bracelet w/ 580 ends



This case has been previously polished yet retains nice thick and full lugs. The era correct bezel insert is missing the tritium pearl but has taken on a wonderful and is starting to take on a sought after blue hue. The serial and reference numbers are clearly visible and fully intact. Very good 93150 bracelet with 11 links and 580 end links. Clasp shows some denting below the coronet.


This original MK VI dial is in wonderful condition. The tritium lume has taken on a spectacular dark burnt orange patina. The tritium filled hands are matching and have also taken on a matching dark orange patina. The metallic date wheel displays the era correct open 6's and 9's. Both the dial and hands do not display any signs of lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light, additionally, There is a slight almost unnoticeable blemish outer edge of the minute track near the 1 o'clock marker.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping