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Rolex Submariner 1680 'MK III'
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The reference 1680 was introduced at the end of the 1960s and was the first Submariner to feature a date function.
Now, you might ask: “Why the hell would you need a date window on a dive watch?”. Well, you don’t. But there were two factors that played a part in Rolex’ decision to introduce a separate Date Submariner. For one, recreational diving as well as beach vacationing gained popularity in the 1960s. As a result, the market for watches that could be worn daily and could just as easily be taken in the pool or ocean rapidly increased.
This watch was produced in 1978 and has all the things we love about vintage Submariners. The four-line ‘MK III’ matte black dial features painted tritium hour markers that have aged to a lovely creamy color. The same warm hue can be found on the tritium-filled hands. It’s clear that the original owner of the watch put the watch to good use as the original black aluminium bezel has faded to a soft gray color. Despite its years of use, the case is still in great condition with thick lugs and sharp lines.
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’.