The Rolex Submariner 1680 brought about several “firsts” for the brand. The Rolex 1680 was introduced to the public in the late 1960s and it was the first Submariner with the date function. In addition to the new date window at 3 o’clock, it also had the Cyclops lens attached to the crystal for optimal legibility. Since this is a vintage Rolex, the dial is topped with an acrylic crystal. Sapphire crystal became available on Rolex Submariners more than ten years later.
The warm yellow gold tone of the Submariner ref. 1680/8 is superbly complemented by the vibrant blue dial and coordinating blue bezel. On the rich blue dial, we see the “nipple dial”, distinguished by the raised faceted hour markers. This style of the dial is characteristic of gold Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master watches of the era. This is pure 1970s glam right here! We, of course, also see the Mercedes hands—typical for the Rolex diver’s watch—which, due to the age of the watch, have clear signs of ageing.
1680 was the first reference in gold, that was the transition from the tool watch to a bit more luxurious watch. This watch has had many adventures with the previous owner, the dial has come a tropical, almost purple! We love it! So looking for something completely different, a truly unique watch with a bit of colour with a warm glow? Come and see!