Rolex Red Submariner Ref 1680 Feet First

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Year of issue: 1971

Reference number: 1680

Serial number: 2,7XX,XXX

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

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Rolex Red Submariner "Feet First"

REF. 1680

The red Submariner was the first date Submariner made by Rolex. Introduced in the late 1960's, it was in production until the mid 1970's when the dial was replaced by an all white text version. This nice example has been recently serviced and detailed, and it is ready to be enjoyed.


Case has been detailed and features sharp chamfers and clean edges. Numbers between the lugs are clean and visible, and there are no major dings or scratches anywhere. Original twin lock crown is still present.


Original tritium "open 6" red Submariner dial in excellent condition. Luminous is light cream, and hands match perfectly. Bezel insert has some light surface wear as shown. Original tritium hands match dial. There is a very narrow hairline crack in the minute luminous. It is very hard to see with the naked eye.


Watch comes on a USA C+I riveted oyster band with 10 links. It is tight and there is minimal stretch.


Eric Ku

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is without a doubt one of the most successful Rolex models in history. Not only because it more than aptly served its purpose as diver’s watch, although I am pretty sure only a small number of Submariners has ever seen a spat of water. Its appearance in several James Bond movies certainly helped as well. If you omit functionality and marketing, the Submariner success is mainly due to its elegance as a timeless dress watch. It’s just one of those watches you keep looking at, regardless of wanting to know the time of day. The Submariner was launched in 1953 and officially presented at the Basel Fair in 1954. Check out my RPReport about the Rolex Submariner History by following this link...