1978 Rolex Submariner MK2 Ref. 1680 (Full Set)

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 1680
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ n/a


The 1680 reference was launched in 1967 as the first Submariner in the line-up which had a date. To mark this, the word Submariner was printed in red color until the white Submariner variant was launched in ca 1977. The current example is from 1978 and houses a MK2 dial with vivid cream patina which really is the highlight of this watch. The lumes really pop out on the back dial and blend nicely with the  beautifully aged dark gunmetal grey insert. Its a beautiful example of a vintage Submariner Date offered in a great full set with box and certificate.

SKU 1.1.840
Brand Rolex
Model Submariner
Ref. No. 1680
Serial No. 5350XXX
Year 1978
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Very good case which has been polished in the past and is showing some wear from age. The bezel is sharp and carries a nicely aged dark gunmetal grey insert
Bracelet/Strap Very good period  93150 Oyster which has been refurbished/ tightened and is in very tight and 'newish' condition. The clasp code is K8 dating it to 1986
Dial Very good MK2 dial with strong vivid patina matching on dial and hands. There are two tiny oil stains under the S in Submariner and  on the t from ft
Price Sold
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Functions Date
Condition Very good
Box Orig. Box
Papers Orig. punched Certificate


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...