In the late 1960’s The Submariner ref. 1680 was launched by Rolex, about a decade after the initial timepiece that brought this name to the forefront of timepiece history. This new watch featured a striking 40mm stainless steel case, with a matching Oyster bracelet and a elegant black dive bezel. One might think that the new timepiece had no changes, but in fact it was quite different and was the first of the line to have a date window placed on the dial. Adding that one amazing attribute also meant the crystal had to be adapted for a Cyclops magnification lens and the automatic movement was basically the Cal. 1570 with a date module added. In addition to the steel versions, there were yellow gold versions also made for this new generation of Submariners, making it the first Yellow Submarine.
Color My World
The early designs of the Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 featured red writing on the text section, and initially was known as the Red timepiece in some of the horological collectors groups. As the versions came to pass the red was replaced with white text in the 1970’s and there were a number of dial variations as well. The Sub 1680 was designed with a number of fonts, colors, luminescence and depth rating features. These designs took the timepiece from just a normal dive watch to a high-end luxury timepiece. The yellow gold version was crafted with a black dial and bezel or a blue dial and bezel.
As the Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 became the heart of the vintage brand collection, it became a prize collectible. Each version, each dial, all seven of them were highly sought after, and while similar they each possessed their own personality. While these vintage beauties are quite a prize they are rare and yet the adventure to finding them is the best route. Follow the clues, and find the one that fits your future, dive into the world of Rolex.