1973 Rolex Red Submariner (Ref. 1680) 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 the 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 sport watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece. 

Stock # RLXSUB731680RED-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 37XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black (Red) Mk. VI
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Bracelet w/ 580 ends



The excellent case retains strong and even lugs that have been previously polished. The original "fat-font" insert retains its original tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock, has taken on a wonderful anthracite grey coloration and exhibits almost no wear from use. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces shows light stretch and wear from use. 


The stunning matte black Mk. VI "Red Submariner" dial is in remarkable condition. The dial itself shows no blemishes or flaws and the outer minute track remains fully intact with no signs of chipping which is common for the Red Sub dial variations. The tritium lume plots have aged to an excellent yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged a shade darker than the dial, matching the overall aesthetic of the watch and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


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