1972 Rolex Red Submariner Ref. (1680) "Mk. IV Dial" Unpolished Case

Rolex 1680 Vintage Ad

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 which was produced by Rolex from 1969-1975. 

The Mark IV dial differentiates itself with the following which can be seen in the text located above the 6 o'clock – starting with a serial number that falls in the correct range for this type of dial. The red lettering on white and distinctive open “6” are the notable characteristics of the Mk. IV Dial. The Mk. IV was the earliest "feet first" red submariner.

This specific Red Submariner is in very good overall condition 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 sports watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece. 


Stock # RLXSUB721680RED-4
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 30XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte (Red) Mk. IV
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Bracelet 501B Ends



This excellent thick case has even lugs with visible chamfers which remain in unpolished condition. Serial and reference numbers are fully intact and clearly visible between lugs. The bezel has a deep black coloration and shows minimal wear. The tritium filled pearl is still intact and matches the color of the dial and hands.  inside of the case back is stamped III.71. The watch comes on an excellent later 93150 bracelet with 10 links and 501b end links.


The original Mk. IV dial and hands are in excellent condition with a gorgeous and perfectly even light cream patina. The dial and lume plots are 100% untouched with no noticeable blemishes and have been inspected under UV light. (Any sort of blemishes that may appear in the photos are tiny scratches or lint on the crystal and not on the actual dial itself).  


None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping