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Rolex. An Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date, and Bracelet
Rolex. An Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date, and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER, 660FT=210M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 1680, CASE NO. 5'835'856, CIRCA 1978

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Rolex. An Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date, and Bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner, 660ft=210m, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, Ref. 1680, Case No. 5'835'856, Circa 1978
Cal. 1570 automatic jewelled movement, black matte dial, applied baton, dot, and dagger numerals with luminous centers, luminous mercedes hands, center seconds, magnified aperture for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown, screw back, 18k gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial, and movement signed
39.5mm diam.

Lot Essay

Around 1966/67, the reference 1680 introduced as the company's first Submariner model with date.

The reference 1680 Submariner with date was introduced to the market in 1969 in both stainless steel and 18k gold cases. Initially, the watch featured the metric system with meters first (200m=660ft), however in 1971, the dial was changed to read feet first (660ft=200m) to accommodate the market in the United States, which was becoming Rolex's largest market. Rolex did continue to use meters first dials, but mostly on stainless steel examples.

Ref. 1680 is prominently described and illustrated in Rolex Submariner Story by Franka & Guido Mondani and Lele Ravagnani, pp. 90-103.

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