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 # RLXSUB781680-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 56XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 9315 Folded-Link Oyster Bracelet W/ 380 End Pieces



The excellent thick case has been previously lightly polished. The bezel insert has faded to desirable grey coloration and retains the pearl at the 12 o'clock position. The Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 380 end pieces shows normal stretch from use and retains 11 links.


The matte is in gorgeous vintage condition. The slightly puffy lume plots have achieved a rich creamy patina, exhibiting no lume degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original hands have been professionally restored to match the dial. The silver 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 time keeping.