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Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet
Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER, 660FT=200M, REF. 1680, CASE NO. 3'789'493, CIRCA 1973

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Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner, 660ft=200m, Ref. 1680, Case No. 3'789'493, Circa 1973
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 1570, 26 jewels
Dial: Black, luminous dot, dagger and baton numerals, date, center seconds
Case: Stainless steel, screw back, inside case back stamped 1680, 39mm diam.
Bracelet/Clasp: Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, stamped 9315 and 380 to the endlinks, overall approximate length 8 inches

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Lot Essay

Rolex's first Submariner with date, the reference 1680, was introduced in 1968 with much success. Collectors will make a distinction between a reference 1680 with red writing on the dial and a reference 1680 with all-white writing. Rolex changed to the all-white print dial in 1976/77, marking the end of red writing on the Submariner. The present watch dates to 1973 and is part of the early 1680 examples with the recognizable and attractive red writing on its dial.

Furthermore, the astute collector will notice the unusual color of the luminous material to the numerals and hands. Due to age, it has turned a dark shade of yellow, almost orange, hence its derived nickname; Pumpkin Patina. This color is known to develop for Mark VI dials which fall into the 3.7 million serial range, correct for the present watch.

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