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.

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

Stock # RLXSUB791680-11
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 51XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The excellent case retains very thick and symmetrical lugs that have been gently polished in the past and display light signs of previous use. The original "fat font" MK III bezel insert is in exceptional condition, retaining its tritium pearl, and featuring a subtle fade to handsome deep grey coloration. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The MK II matte black dial is in flawless original condition, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The tritium lume plots are a bright eggshell coloration with no degradation present under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.