1974 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 1974 Rolex Red Submariner Ref. 1680 with Mk. IV dial is an excellent example, suitable for the collector that is obsessed with the little details. Perfectly worn in any situation from black tie to weekend casual.

Stock # RLXSUB1680RED-74
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 38XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk. IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 9315 Folded-Link Oyster Bracelet W/ 380 End Pieces



The excellent case retains thick lugs with honest wear from use. The "fat-font" bezel insert retains its tritium pearl and has taken on a lovely gradient blue/grey fade. The Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 380 end pieces remains in great overall condition, showing some light stretch from use.


The matte black Mk. IV dial is beautiful and in excellent vintage condition, without scratches or blemishes. There is some light paint chipping off the outer minute track which is very common of the red text dials. The tritium lume has taken on a lovely bright yellow coloration, under U.V. light inspection there is light degradation on the 10 and 2 o'clock lume plots. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch is running at spec and received a recent service.