1978 Rolex Submariner (Ref.1680)

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, 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.

Rolex 1680 Advertisement Vintage

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 sport watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece.

Stock # RLXSUB781680-13
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 53XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet 580 End Pieces



The lightly polished case retains very strong and symmetrical lugs with light signs of use. The original Mk. III bezel insert is in excellent condition and has faded to a tasteful blue/grey coloration and shows very light signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces remains unpolished, showing honest signs of use, and retains 11 links that show almost no stretch. 


The matte back Mk. I dial is in flawless condition, showing no wear or signs of age. The tritium lume plots remain bright white and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have achieved a light creamy patina and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's


None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.