A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 'tropical' dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D753564
    Case No: 2'349'386
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 380
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding twinlock deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel dated 17 October 1976, product literature, leather wallet and fitted presentation box.
    Literature: For another example of a Red Submariner reference 1680, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 188.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Red Submariner is fitted with a beautiful tropical dial, which has aged to an even rich brown tone. This watch is fitted with a mark 4 dial, evidenced by the 'feet first' depth rating and the characteristic 'open sixes'. The luminous have furthermore aged to an ivory colour which perfectly matches the hands.

    Accompanied its certificate and fitted presentation box, this watch is a very honest example preserved in attractive and original condition.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 1680
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 'tropical' dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日曆顯示,“Submariner”,型號1680,附證書及盒子,1970年製

1970
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 
€11,700-23,500
$12,500-25,000

sold for HK$150,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016