A very fine, attractive and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, “Mark I” dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 1680, inside caseback II.69
    Movement No: D362’378
    Case No: 2’104’638
    Model Name: “Single Red” Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93150, endlinks stamped 580, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "I.8"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Within the production of “single red” Submariners, a total of three marks were introduced. Mark I dials featured thicker texts on the depth rating with a noticeable trait of bearing a long “F” on the depth rating in comparison to its later marks. Furthermore, Mark I dials sported serial numbers from 2.07X.XXX until 2.2XX.XXX.

    The present example is an amplified specimen of a beautiful Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 fitted with a rare “single red” Mark I dial bearing a correct 2.1XX.XXX serial and further presented in attractive overall condition. This is a fantastic opportunity for collectors of vintage Rolex sports watches to become the new owner of an outlandish timepiece.

  • 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, inside caseback II.69
A very fine, attractive and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, “Mark I” dial and bracelet

勞力士,「Submariner」型號1680,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、日期顯示、「Single Red MK I」單紅錶盤,約1969年製

Circa 1969
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 240,000 
€18,500-27,700
$20,500-30,800

sold for HK$225,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019