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Rolex

REFERENCE 1680 SUBMARINER A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL, CIRCA 1970

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Rolex

Rolex

REFERENCE 1680 SUBMARINER A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL, CIRCA 1970

REFERENCE 1680 SUBMARINER A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL, CIRCA 1970

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

60,480

USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Rolex


REFERENCE 1680 SUBMARINER

A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, BRACELET AND TROPICAL DIAL, CIRCA 1970


Dial: black brown

Caliber: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels 

Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back

Case number: 2'771'324, inner case back stamped 5512

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp

Size: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: none

Case: The case is in overall good condition with surface scratches and wear commensurate with age. Previous light polish in our view. Bracelet in equivalent condition. Bezel insert is has faded with surface scratches. The bead is replaced with residue around the edge.

Dial: The dial has aged to an attractive and even chocolate tropical color. Hands previously relumed in our view.

Movement: Movement is not running at the time of cataloging and would require service. The hands do not move when using crown. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

There is no exaggeration in stating that the Rolex Submariner is one of the most, if not the most, celebrated watches in the world. The model has captivated enthusiasts for decades with an ever-growing passion. While the design has seen very few changes in the 65 years since its first introduction in 1953, the most noticeable upgrade was the addition of the date on some references. The change was made around 1967 with the launch of the reference 1680.


While the model was available for a decade, the early examples are easily distinguishable by the word 'Submariner' highlighted in red on the dial. A ‘Red Sub’ meters first is a piece that most collectors dream to own. Excitingly, the present lot belongs to an even rarer and more exclusive category as its original dial has developed a superb, rich brown tropical patina. The warm brown shade is perfectly complemented by the light cream indexes and is an absolute delight for a connoisseur.


The reference 1680 certainly was a landmark in the history of the Submariner and this present lot perfectly embodies it as well as all the features that appeal to vintage collectors.