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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The Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 is an all-around wonderful sport watch that makes for stylish daily drivers that continue to rise in collectibility, and with a versatile aesthetic that works in both casual settings or dressed up with a suit.

Stock # RLXSUB781680-9
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 56XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces


The wonderful case is in overall excellent condition, showing very thick and symmetrical lugs that exhibit minimal signs of use or previous polishing while retaining slight chamfers. The original Mk III "fat font" bezel insert is also in excellent shape with almost no signs of use or fading, the insert retains its tritium pearl at 12 o'clock which has achieved an orange patina and shows light wear. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 11 links that show minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The original matte black Mk II dial is in exceptionally clean condition, showing no notable signs of age and no damage. The tritium lume plots have taken on a beautiful creamy-golden patina and exhibit no degradation. The original tritium hands are almost a perfect match with the dial and also show no degradation under U.V. light inspection, the steel of the hands shows light oxidation which is expected. The metallic date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.


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