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

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER, 200M=660FT, REF. 1680, CASE NO. 2'253'987, CIRCA 1969

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Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date, Bracelet and "Tropical Dial"
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner, 200m=660ft, Ref. 1680, Case No. 2'253'987, Circa 1969
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 1570, 26 jewels
Dial: Black, luminous dot, dagger and baton numerals, luminous hands, date, center seconds
Case: Stainless steel, screw back, inside case back stamped 1680 and III.69, 39mm diam.
Strap/Buckle: Associated leather strap, associated steel buckle
Accompanied by: Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp stamped 93150 and 501B to the endlinks, overall approximate length 7 inches

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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 1969 and is part of the early 1680 examples with the recognizable and attractive red writing on its dial.

Nicknamed “Red-Sub” by Rolex collectors, the timepiece features attractive luminous accents that have aged to a uniform color. Adding to the appeal of the wristwatch, the color of the dial has changed to a dark brown color and is allied to a well-preserved stainless steel case with strong proportions, featuring clear reference and serial numbers.

Furthermore, this example is attributed to the rare 'meters first Mark II dial'. Brown dial Submariners such as the present watch are highly sought after, especially rare and appearing usually only in case numbers in the 2.2-2.4M serial range.

For a detailed description and illustrations of other Submariner Date reference 1680 watches see Rolex Submariner Story by Franca & Guido Mondani and Lele Ravagnani, pp. 90-91.

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