1978 Rolex Submariner (Ref.1680)

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 is a stunning classic. First introduced in 1966, 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, manufactured from 1966-1973. This watch is an example of what is referred to as the "White Dial." It is the first Ref. 1680 with the word "Submariner" in white lettering.

Rolex 1680 Advertisement Vintage

This specific 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 # RLXSUB781680-2
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 54XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Hand Made Italian Suede Vintage Strap



The lightly polished case of this 1978 Ref. 1680 is in excellent condition with light wear from use. The Rolex service insert is in overall good condition showing very little wear from use and retains a luminova pearl at the 12 o'clock position. Watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The matte dial is in pristine and original condition. The lume has achieved a desirable yellow patina, showing no lume degradation when inspected under UV. The hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial and show no lume degradation under UV. The silver date wheel has the era correct 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