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Rolex ref 1680 “Red” Submariner Stainless Steel circa 1973


Offering an extremely desirable example vintage Rolex “Red” Submariner ref 1680 serial # 3.7 million circa 1973 with a beautiful condition matte black dial with richly patina’d luminous indexes and matching luminous hands and bold red Submariner printing. Featuring a 40mm diameter case with bi-directional bezel, acrylic crystal. The dial is in great condition with a very clean, unmarred surface, nicely patina’d luminous plots, and still bright red Submariner printing. The hands nicely match the lume of the dial. With silvered date wheel trip lock screw down crown, and case back ref # 1680. Bezel insert of the period and presumed to be original. Beefy lugs but shows the the watch has been previously polished. Powered by calibre 1570 chronometer rated self winding movement with sweep seconds and date. Offered with period ref 9315 folded link Rolex Oyster bracelet with flip lock clasp and #380 end pieces. The chronometer rated caliber 1570 movement is in excellent operating condition and keeping good time. Of course, guaranteed genuine, and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation. A very pleasing and desirable model which we are proud to be able to offer.

The “Red” Submariner model has been one of the most enduring and popular vintage Rolex sports model for decades. Produced from 1968 until approximately 1973 with the Submariner lettering in red, this model has been one of the most asked for models in our store for years. The current example has one of the prettiest dials we have had the pleasure to have owned. We first sold this watch 8 years ago, and are happy to have an opportunity to offer it for sale again.

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