Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D669'088
    Case No: 2'413'544
    Model Name: Submariner, "Red Submariner"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster, stamped 93150, max. length 195 mm. end links stamped 580
    Clasp/Buckle: Twin lock folding clasp, with dive extension
    Dimensions: 39 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed.
    Case back stamped I.70

    Accessories: Rolex Chronometer certificate, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced beginning in 1966, the reference 1680 was the first of the Rolex Submariner models to include the date.

    During the first eight years of production, reference 1680 featured the word “Submariner” in red, often referred to by collectors as the “Red Submariner”. The earliest of these had a depth rating with the meters positioned first, followed by the feet rating.

    The present example is amongst the desirable earlier examples produced with a "meters first" depth rating, and a slightly so-called 'tropical dial', as there appears to be small hints of brown across its surface. Presented with box and papers, combined with the well-preserved case, this watch is a superb example of this highly desirable and collectible reference.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 1680
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet and original certificate

39 mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed.
Case back stamped I.70

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF20,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm