Rolex “The 18k gold Submariner ref. 1680”

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 1680
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Very attractive 18k gold Rolex Submariner ref. 1680, manufactured in 1978. The present specimen is preserved in excellent condition. The black dial has gained a charming grey tone and the writing has naturally developed a rare and captivating dark green color. Launched in 1966, reference 1680 was not only the first Submariner to include the date aperture but also the very first diving watch of Rolex to be encased in gold. Case n.: 5898xxx Calibre: Automatic, Cal. 1570 Diam.: 39mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1978


Corrado Mattarelli

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...