ROLEX SUBMARINER REF. 1680 YELLOW GOLD CARAMEL DIAL
The Rolex Submariner is a legendary dive watch known for its durability, functionality, and timeless design. The reference 1680 is a significant model in the Submariner’s history, as it introduced several important features such as the addition of a date complication becoming the first Submariner to include a date window on the dial. The Rolex Submariner 1680 came in both steel and 18kt yellow gold versions. The gold variant, introduced around 1969, marked the first time a Submariner was crafted from precious metal. This model was available with a choice of blue or black dials and bezel inserts, similar to the current version. The gold 1680 was discontinued in early 80’s and replaced by the reference 16808, featuring sapphire glass and a quick-date function using the caliber 3035 movement.
The present Rolex Submariner reference 1680 is a truly remarkable and exceptionally rare example of this iconic Submariner model. What makes this watch so rare and valuable is its stunning dial, which has undergone a remarkable transformation in color over the years, changing from blue to a beautiful tropical brown hue. This color change is an extremely rare occurrence, seen in only a handful of 1680 specimens, making this watch highly sought after by collectors. The overall condition of the watch is exceptionally good. While the case has received some light polishing over the years, it hasn’t diminished the watch’s charm and collectibility. The case still retains its original proportions, with crisp hallmarks, as it has only undergone a light polishing. The bracelet appears to have been added by a previous owner, possibly to enhance the watch’s luxury appeal. While not original to the watch, the bracelet undoubtedly adds an extra touch of elegance to this beautiful and rare timepiece. All other components of the watch are correct for its serial number: a fat font inlay, nipple dial, 1680 caseback, and the 1570 caliber movement. This watch is not only a stunning collector’s piece but also a timepiece to be worn and enjoyed.
Serial Number 5,056,XXX Year 1978.