1979 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 sport watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece. 

Stock # RLXSUB781680-4
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 61XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The lightly polished case remains in excellent condition with even thick lugs, showing light wear from use. The Rolex service insert is in good condition showing some wear. The Rolex 93150 oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces has been previously polished exhibiting minor stretch from use.


The black matte dial is in beautiful vintage condition. The dial itself is free from any blemishing, the outer minute track does exhibit some minor chipping, common for this reference. The lume has taken on an excellent yellow patina and when inspected under U.V. light show no lume degradation. The original tritium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial matching the overall look and feel of the watch, exhibiting very minor cracking in the hour hand. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was just received a full service and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping