A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D298’471
    Case No: 5’093’637
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “93150”, endlinks stamped “580”, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “VE”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1966, the ref. 1680 was a major milestone for the Rolex Submariner as it was the first to ever feature a date function as well as the first Submariner reference with a gold variant. Initially introduced in stainless steel, early examples of the reference featured a “Red Submariner” designation on the dial with later examples bearing an all-white text dial from 1974 onwards.

    The present example from 1977 is presented with a “White Submariner” dial that is attractive and further double signed by retailer Tiffany & Co. increasing its rarity to a heightened level. The present example is presented with a Rolex outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • 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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Ref. 1680
A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

勞力士,「Submariner」型號1680,精細罕有,精鋼自動鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、日期顯示,由蒂芙尼銷售,約1977年製。附錶盒

Circa 1977
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 320,000 
€18,200-36,300
$20,500-41,000

sold for HK$225,000

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Thomas Perazzi

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020