Rolex Submariner 1680 'Red MK I'

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We are fortunate enough to present you one of the most collectible Submariner Date models. A beautiful, distinctive timepiece, better known as the ‘Red Sub’.The first Rolex Submariner Date was introduced in 1967 under reference 1680. Approximately, during the first ten years, the word Submariner was printed in red instead of white. These watches go by the nickname 'Red Sub' and are very collectible. The 'Red Sub' was produced in six different series with very detailed differences between the dials. Collectors refer to these series as MARK, abbreviated to MK. The piece we have for offer has an MKI dial, which entails the following: - Red font of SUBMARINER is painted over white lettering. - Depth rating is printed as 200m=660ft. It refers to the meters displayed before the feet, which is also the case for the second and third MK. - Closed 6's. This refers to the font of the 6's in the depth rating, which are closed. - The "f" in 'ft' is long and curvy, and almost precedes the letter "R" in SUBMARINER, which is printed above the depth rating. - Condensed font.The piece we have is from 1969 and is absolutely stunning! The stainless steel case, which has a diameter of 40 mm, is in good condition. The watch is powered by caliber 1575 and comes on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The tritium index and hands have discoloured to creamy yellow and are matching.

Introduction

Rolex SubmarinerVisionary Hans Wildorf set out to make the world’s first water- and dust proof wristwatch and so in 1926 the ‘Oyster case’ was created. Then later on in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was born, with a water depth rating of 330ft/100M making it one of the world’s first wristwatches designed for the upcoming sport of scuba diving. The wristwatch was created for divers who needed a precise watch which could scale to such depths and be a reliable and accurate way of measuring (with the turning bezel) the time spent underwater. A major aspect of creating such a time piece was to make it easily legible yet aesthetically pleasing, hence the large contrasting white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hand on the black dial. The rugged look was adopted by no other than himself Mr Bond; Sean Connory as Bond wore it in 1962’s ‘Dr. No’ and the watch was also featured in the later ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ movie. A legend was born and overtime it proved to be arguably one of the best, most desirable and iconic luxury watches of all time.Reference 1680The Submariner reference 1680 was produced from 1967 to 1979. It was the first Submariner with the date function. This reference has a calibre 1575 based on the calibre 1530. In the first seven years of production the 1680 was printed with Submariner on the dial in red instead of white font, which is called the red Submariner. The early models are extra desirable and feature a 'Meter First' dial, which refers to the 200 m depth rating being displayed before the 660 ft. 

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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.