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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 1680, repeated inside caseback
    Movement No: D812’626
    Case No: 6’128’327
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "93150", endlinks stamped “580”, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “G”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Towards the late 1960’s, Rolex introduced their first Submariner to feature a date function via the ref. 1680. Early examples of the reference featured “SUBMARINER” in red and nicknamed by collectors as the famous “Single Red” Submariner. Only in production for a few years, the production was seized and Rolex introduced the reference with white texts.

    The present example of a Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 belongs to the latter. From circa 1979, the present example displays a matte black dial and features beautifully aged luminous plots uniformed in hue with the hands.

  • 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, repeated inside caseback
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet

勞力士,「Submariner」型號1680,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、日期顯示,約1979年製

Circa 1979
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$65,000 - 120,000 
€7,400-13,600
$8,300-15,400

sold for HK$125,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

WatchesHK@phillips.com

 

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020