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Rolex Red Submariner ref# 1680 Original Papers "Merry Xmas" 1973

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Rolex “Red” Submariner ref 1680 serial # 3.7 million circa 1973 complete with nearly everything from time of purchase with the exception of the Rolex warranty papers. See Photos. Featuring a 40mm diameter case with bi-directional bezel and acrylic crystal, beautiful condition original matte black dial with attractive ivory colored luminous indexes, namesake red printed SUBMARINER and color matched luminous hands. The dial is free of any defects, oil spots, abrasions, discoloration, or any small nicks or paint loss close to the dial edge, all common defects on these dials.

Featuring a good condition beefy lug case appropriate to the age and use of the watch, but with any significant dings, nicks, excessive polishing, corrosion of case back or between the lugs. Bezel insert appears to be a later replacement, and is in good condition without chips or detracting scratches. With period folded link 9315 bracelet with flip lock clasp and 380 end pieces also showing some looseness and appears original to the watch.

This watch is a treasure in that it comes with nearly every bit of documentation when the watch was sold new with the exception of the Rolex warranty papers. Included is the purchaser’s receipt showing he paid $392 plus $15.68 excise tax and was given a 20% discount off the listed $490 price in 1973. Also included is the original anchor, serial #’d hand tag, 1680 sticker from the outside of the box with retail price, Rolex Submariner booklet with date code for 1973, 200 meters/660 feet anchor, chronometer hang tag, trip lock crown plastic plaque, and additional small booklets from the time of purchase. While unfortunately lacking the original Rolex warranty, no question these materials add considerable interest and value to this piece.

Xmas 1973! On the more sentimental side, there is a personal note inside the Rolex booklet, with the brochure photo of the red submariner outlined within a heart shape, with the tender message, “Merry Christmas, Love.” Clearly the watch was a Xmas gift from the wife to her husband in 1973!!! The note is further embellished with decorative holly drawn by the wife.

The calibre 1570 chronometer rated self winding movement with sweep seconds and date is just back from service from one of our veteran watchmakers, has been pressure tested for water resistance (though no longer covered for submersion), and is offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

A Xmas gift in 1973, and ready to be regifted 48 years later in 2021.

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+

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