Collector Condition 1975 Rolex Submariner 1680 ‘Red’ Full Set Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

The Rolex Submariner is arguably their most famous model. Introduced in 1953, it’s been the staple of divers, Presidents, movie stars, oil rig workers and just anybody who wants a watch for all occasions. A non-date watch up until the 1680 was introduced in 1967 it was initially a very poor seller – why would a diver need to know the date…. Rolex did write the word Submariner in red and it was gradually accepted and date versions now account for around 70% of the sales. The red Submariner is recognised as a genuine grail watch and attracts huge interest from collectors and watch connoisseurs around the world.

This example was made in 1975 (3.71 million serial) and the solid steel case is in very good condition but does have surface marks to the case consistent with regular but careful wear. The guaranteed genuine and original Rolex dial is in excellent condition and any marks are just reflections (Rolex used plexiglass at this time and they reflect light very badly). The lume has aged to a lovely mushroom colour and the pearl in the bezel insert matches. The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The watch sits on what we believe is the original Rolex ‘light’ bracelet (we guarantee it’s genuine Rolex) which does have some sag and wear marks – it also has 11 links and whilst we can source links they are difficult to find and cost around £250. It will currently fit a 7.5 inch wrist. The end pieces carry the references 380 and 9315. We also have the original Rolex punched papers and stunning Rolex box (again, we believe this is original to the watch). To find a red submariner is difficult but to find one with the original papers and box is extremely rare.

We will give a 12 month guarantee on the movement.

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The Case

This example was made in 1975 (3.71 million serial) and the solid steel case is in very good condition but does have surface marks to the case consistent with regular but careful wear. The case measures 39mm across, excluding the Rolex crown and 47mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’, ‘Patented Stainless Steel’ and ‘1680’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Six 26 Jewels’, ‘Adjusted 5 Positions and Temperature’ and the calibre is ‘1570’. The movement number is ‘553685’.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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