I love all the watches in our collection but every now and again…. Rolex introduced the Submariner ‘Date’ in 1967 with the 1680 and they used the red writing for the next 7 or 8 years. To be frank the ‘date’ submariners didn’t sell particularly well when launched so numbers available today are relatively limited. This example was made in 1975 (3.79 million serial) and the solid steel case is in very good condition and has been polished during a service by SHWR in 2020 – more later..). The guaranteed genuine and original Rolex dial is in very good condition but the lume has thinned over the years but retains it’s aged mint colour. 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 a genuine but later Rolex bracelet which does have some sag and wear marks – it also has 12 links (including the micro link). The end pieces have the references 580 and 93150. The deployment age reference is VC dating it to around 1996.
The watch had a full service with Stephen Hale Watch Restoration in 2020 at a cost of £1,152.00. During the service they softly polished the case and re-lumed the hands and bezel lume dot to match the rest of the dial. The reversers and rotor axel were also replaced. SHWR are one of Europe’s best watchmakers.
Whilst we haven’t got the original paperwork we do have:
- A genuine Rolex Seahorse box – inner and outer
- An extremely rare Rolex Triplock plastic watch tag
- The 1973 Rolex calendar and a ‘Your Rolex’ brochure from 1973
- We have a 1970’s Rolex Submariner brochure (no date but period correct)
- An extremely rare Submariner 200 ‘cigarette’ card (again, period correct but no date)
- An extremely rare Rolex Submariner steel anchor ‘200’ along with a swing tag and chronometer chip (all period correct)
- A ‘Sportsfolio’ Submariner brochure
- An early Rolex service pouch
All these items are absolutely correct for this watch and the SHWR service is a world recognised watchmaker. I have done a wrist video and will happily forward by What’s App (it looks even better in real life).
Early Submariners have shown huge gains and whilst we cannot guarantee future values it should provide a lovely watch to wear and a good investment.