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Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Red" Submariner 1680 Vintage Rolex Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. The Rolex "Red" Submariner 1680. To some, it represents an outright grail. To others, it's the gateway to hardcore vintage Rolex. But regardless of viewpoint, there's no denying that enough words - including superlatives - have been written about this single series of classic Rolex divers to overload even wikipedia's servers. The legend of the Rolex "Red" Submariner starts in the mid-1960s with the debut of the Rolex Submariner 1680. As the first Rolex Submariner to feature a date window, the 1680 was a major landmark in the model's development. But it was a red-letter day (ten red letters, to be precise) for future collectors of vintage Rolex. From roughly 1966 to 1974, the "Submariner" dial print of each steel 1680 bore the scarlet color that spawned the most memorable nickname in classic Subs. Comparatively scarce when compared to the later "white" 1680, the Red Submariner dial is avidly collected and widely-sought among vintage Rolex and antique dive watch aficionados. Naturally, for every Rolex dial, there's a suite of variations, and the Red Submariner is no exception. No fewer than six regular production variants plus a seventh luminova service dial have been identified by collectors. This Rolex Submariner 1680 features a serial number in the 3,7XX,XXX range and a Mk VI dial. Examples of this dial are characterized by red ink printed directly onto the black substrate of the dial, "closed" loops of the numerals "66" in the printed depth rating, "feet first" when the depth rating is read left-to-right, and a printed letter "S" in "Superlative Chronometer" with a curved rather than flat lower bend. Inside the 40mm stainless steel case, a Rolex caliber 1575 beats at a charmingly vintage 19,800 VpH. Rolex's traditional hallmarks are present in force: COSC Swiss Chronometer Certification for precision; a hand-made Breguet overcoil hairspring for isochronism in any position; a free-sprung balance to bolster shock resistance; dual Teflon-coated reversing wheels for the silky-smooth "perpetual" automatic winding system. A jump-date joins the party on the dial side. This circa-1973 example of the caliber 1575 features an additional refinement: hacking seconds. Rolex added the stop-seconds feature in approximately 1971 to permit synchronization of the chronometer-grade movement with a reference clock. See this outstanding vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 "Red" Submariner in high-resolution images on: https://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/rolex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/watchbox/ WatchBox Reviews Channel: https://www.youtube.com/WatchBoxReviews. Video and content by Tim Mosso