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 1969-1975. 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.

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This Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 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 # RLXSUB781680-5
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 52XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining full lugs and exhibiting light wear from use. The "fat-font" bezel insert shows some light wear and has taken on a charming anthracite grey fade, retaining its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position that matches the dial perfectly. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces is in great condition, retaining 10 links and showing light stretch from use.


The matte black dial is in beautiful condition showing no wear signs or blemishes. The tritium lume plots have aged to a lovely creamy patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots show no degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's. 


None. Watch is keeping time within COSC Spec, previous service history is unknown.