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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D416’031
    Case No: 5’295’053; inside caseback stamped “1680”
    Model Name: Submariner, MK II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “9315”, endlinks stamped “385”, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “D”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Kongoh Shokai, Tokyo dated 23rd March 1978, Rolex Japan service guarantee, service invoice, 1978-1979 calendar card, leather holder, additional washer, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Submariner ref.1680 bearing a 5.2 million serial belongs to a MK II dial variation from circa 1977, distinctive by details like the open 6s and depth rating appearing to be shorter in width from the “Submariner” inscription, the “L” in Rolex is also set to be off-set to the left of the cornet instead of centred like the MK I dials. This particular example has aged beautifully, and the lume has turned into a gorgeous custard hue. The shade of the delicious custard pops against the black dial, furthermore the faded soft blueish grey bezel insert have aged with extra vintage appeal. Presented in excellent overall condition with a strong case and defined bevels, the timepiece is offered with its original Japanese guarantee, service guarantee and accessories.

  • 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 attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

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

HK$78,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$201,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021