A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, original guarantee and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D204386
    Case No: 3'059'709
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 210 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex twinlock folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Garantia dated 3 April 1974, product literature, sales tag, leather wallet, anchor, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1680, please see 100 Superlative Watches by John Goldberger ,page 188.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Manufactured in 1971, which is confirmed by the serial number and the date stamped on the inside of the case back, the present watch is a beautiful and very charismatic example. The dial has aged to a very warm yellow, which gives the watch a nice vintage feel. With the presence of the original guarantee, this is a lovely red Submariner.

  • 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 fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, original guarantee and presentation box

勞力士,精細及罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針及日曆顯示,“Submariner”,型號1680,附證書及盒子,約1971年製

Circa 1971
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 
€9,400-14,100
$10,000-15,000

sold for HK$150,000

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016