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Rolex Submariner Single Red Stainless Steel Men's 1680 - W5406


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Listing number 5KQ934
Reference number 1680
Brand Rolex
Model Submariner Date
Code 32541
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year 1972
Condition Good (Light signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery Original box, original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford


Movement Automatic


Case material Steel
Case diameter 40 mm
Dial Black


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Steel


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This is a pre-owned Rolex Submariner single red gents 1680 watch. 40mm case size in stainless steel. Black dial on a stainless steel oyster bracelet, powered by an automatic movement. This Rolex is in good condition complete with box, manuals & guarantee. Circa 1972. The watch also has received a recent Rolex service. Our Xupes reference is W5406 should you need to quote this.

"The Rolex 1680 is the last in its class of what we might class as really old vintage Submariners. They were the last models in the series with acrylic glass instead of sapphire crystal and also the last Submariner with a depth rating of only 200m (like that wasn’t’ enough, Rolex needed their watches to survive an additional 100m when they released the following reference 16800). They stopped making reference 1680s in 1978 to make way for the sapphire crystal faced 16800.

The 1680 is the final Submariner to contain a 1575 - a very similar movement to the previous 1570 however this new Submariner contained a date function. The dial therefore was the first with a date window, and acrylic crystal the first with a magnified “Cyclops”.

The 1680 was introduced in 1969 (or thereabouts, dates can’t be 100% verified) and followed on from the incredibly popular 5513. It was produced for nearly ten years with at least seven dial variations, including different writing and typography, order of depth ratings and colours of writing. This example of a “Single Red” or “Red Submariner” would date to before 1973 when the red writing was no longer used. This specific serial number of 3058* dates to the cusp of 1970 and 1971. Generally this is an early 1680 with an excellent red writing dial.

The condition of the dial is excellent. The case has been well preserved and there is visible but gentle polishing of the clasp.

Probably the most attractive feature of this piece is the bezel, which has a “ghost” patina as the colour has lightened ever so slightly. The numerals in the bezel insert have aged to a creamy gold colour.

The watch comes with the original trip lock crown on a Rolex oyster bracelet reference 9315 with 282 end links."

Jacob Tomkins is founder and publisher of Twelve: Watch Buyer’s Journal. He is dedicated to horological content and collectors knowledge with a particular interest in rare and unusual timepieces. He has gathered valuable and substantial collecting knowledge over a career-long passion and fascination with the mechanics and variations in watchmaking.



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