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.

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This specific piece is one of the nicest 1680's we have ever had in our extended collection. to say that this watch is flawless would be spot on. 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 sports watch, and would make a nice addition to an existing collection, or would be a unique stand-alone vintage piece. 

Stock # RLXSUB791680-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 1680
Serial 6,1XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Flip-Lock Oyster Brcelet 580 ends



The excellent thick case was recently polished retaining full chamfers visible down lugs. The bezel insert has lightly faded with age and retains the pearl at the 12 o'clock position showing a deep matte black coloration with very minimal patina. The Rolex 93150 oyster bracelet comes with12 links and the correct 580 end links and is stamped VD dating the bracelet to 1979 just like the watch itself. Bracelet remains tight and solid showing almost no wear from use.


The matte dial of this 1979 Ref. 1680 is in a pristine and original condition free of any blemishes or markings the dial is in absolutely flawless condition. The lume and hands have achieved a matching creamy custard like like patina that is jaw-dropping when worn on the wrist. The silver date wheel has the era correct open 6's and 9's. both the lume plots and hands, when viewed under U.V. Light show no tritium lume degradation.


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