Rolex Submariner 1680/8 'Tropical'

  • Free worldwide delivery

We’ve never been happier to see an oil spill—well, an oil spill effect at least—than on this magnificent tropical Submariner.The first 18k yellow-gold Rolex Submariners were introduced in 1969 with a black or blue dial option. The blue dials had the curious tendency to discolour over time, while the black ones didn't. Some of the discoloured blue dials take on a strong patina, often a rich chocolate brown tone, which is referred to by collectors as a ‘tropical’ effect. On this watch, however, the patination took an unexpected turn, giving the dial a rainbow-like oil spill effect with strong purple and gold tones.This ref. 1680/8 dates back to 1970 and features a so-called ‘nipple dial’, named after the small round applied 18k yellow-gold hour markers. The 40 mm is executed in an 18k yellow-gold case and sports a matching 18k yellow-gold turning bezel with an aluminium bezel inlay, which has faded to a lovely mid-blue colour that matches well with the accompanying denim strap. The watch is in great condition with thick lugs and sharp edges.


Rolex SubmarinerIn 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner. Rolex had to confront a number of challenges when designing its first dive watch. The watch obviously had to withstand significant amounts of pressure and had to accurately measure time spent underwater, which the first Submariner achieved by featuring a 330ft/100m depth rating and a rotating diving bezel. It also had to be easily legible in conditions of reduced visibility yet aesthetically pleasing. Hence, the Sub’s iconic large luminous hour markers and Mercedes hands set against a contrasting black dial.The Submariner is the most iconic and desirable luxury watch of all time and has been adopted by luminaries such as Jacques Cousteau, Che Guevara, and none other than James Bond. Our favorite Bond, Sean Connery, wore a big crown Sub in the 1962 classic ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’. Ref. 1680The Submariner ref. 1680 was produced from 1967-1979 and was the first execution to feature a date function. During its first 7 years of production, the “Submariner” text on the dial of the 1680 was printed with red instead of white ink, earning these executions the moniker ‘red Submariner.’ Early executions of the 1680 featured the rare ‘meters first dial,’ because the depth rating in meters was printed before the rating in feet (“200m = 660ft”). Around 1969, Rolex switched to printing the feet before the meters to satisfy the growing American customer base.


Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.