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.
This 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. The warm yellow gold tone of the Submariner ref. 1680 ( without 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.
* The addition of number 8 after the reference is actually only used to indicate that it is a golden variant with plastic glass. This has never actually been there. From 1979 the glass has been replaced by sapphire and the reference officially changes to # 16808. This reference has been produced until 1988.
Be aware that a golden Submariner is many times rarer than a golden GMT master with plastic glass from this time. Not often offered and really in original condition! Normally speaking, you can only find it at an exclusive auction, or with us, the Amsterdam Watch Company.