1978 Rolex Submariner 18K Tropical Dial Ref. 1680

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 1680
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 80,000


Tropical Sixteen Eighty      - from time to time we see some awesome Tropical dials on all kinds of watches but this 1680 Submariner from 1978 is on another level. Over the last 44 years the initially blue dial turned perfectly caramel brown, it is really hard to believe. The surface of the dial is unblemished and the gilt graphics are fully intact. The contrast of the dial and bezel are out of this world. The overall condition of this sublime Submariner is very good and we love the fact that the dial is now unique. Not for the fainted heart.

Brand Rolex
Model Submariner 18K Tropical dial
Ref. No. 1680
Serial No. 5728XXX
Year 1978
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Excellent 18K case that shows only light wear from age. The lugs remain straight and even showing beautiful bevels and factory finish. The numbers between the lugs are sharp and intact.The bezel is in equally good condition and has crisp teeth. The blue insert seems to be a later replacement
Bracelet / Strap Excellent 18K solid Oyster bracelet only showing light stretch from age. The bracelet has 11 links and dive extension
Dial Amazing Tropical dial that has aged from a blue to a almost perfect caramel color over time.  The luminous material on dial and hands is original and has aged to a creamy beige color.
Crystal Top Hat Acrylic
Price AED 294,000/ USD 80,000
Movement Automatic
Function Date
Condition Mint
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik

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...