Pre-owned Rolex exchange site Bob’s Watches receives numerous Rolex watches, many of which include powerful stories. In this series, owner of Bob’s Watches Paul Altieri will share real stories about real Rolex vintage datejust replica watches and discuss what creates both the watches and their own histories so unique and appealing.
As Rolex’s most popular lineup of watches, the Rolex Submariner gets a fair amount of focus — both from modern enthusiasts and classic collectors alike. Despite having a design that has remained mostly unchanged since its first introduction in 1954, Rolex vintage oyster perpetual replica watch ‘s Submariner watches — notably well-preserved classic references — frequently receive the maximum attention (and brings in the highest costs ) in the auction.
Not all Rolex Submariner references are considered equal, and it’s the subtle differences between them that ultimately accounts for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Collectors generally seek out references which were possibly the first (or last) to include a specific characteristic, or references that have some small variation which will help set them apart and makes them exceptional. If the watch satisfies both of these requirements, like the reference Rolex 1680″Red Submariner,” then it’s almost certainly going to be a target for collectors.
In the heart of the benchmark 1680 Rolex Submariner vintage forum fake beats Rolex’s 26-jewel caliber 1575 movement. The reference 1680’s 40mm stainless steel case offers users 200 meters of water resistance, which is more than adequate for the vast majority of real-world applications. Some early examples of this 1680 Rolex Red Submariner feature a motion that’s stamped as a caliber 1570 on the lower bridge; however, the motion itself is actually a caliber 1575 because it has the inclusion of a date complication.
For some, the Rolex Red Submariner signifies the entry point into serious Rolex vintage chronograph clone watches collecting. A small batch of the very earliest mention 1680 watches featured the Submariner name printed in red ink on the dial, instead of the white ink which may be found on all subsequent versions.
As a result of their limited production numbers, Rolex Red Submariners are considered very rare, and generally sell for more than their equivalents with white text. Additionally, their rarity has only increased over time, as it turned out to be a standard practice for Rolex vintage chronograph replica to replace damaged Red Submariner dials with white-text, service dials when sequences were sent in for servicing.
Back in 1969, a young U.S. Marine purchased a brand-new Rolex Red Submariner 1680 mention from a licensed dealer in San Francisco, California. That Marine wore his Rolex Submariner during the whole time he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War, and it functioned alongside him, until his retirement in 1984.
After retiring from the military, the Marine continued to use his Rolex Red Submariner because his primary timekeeping device. For several decades thereafter, he used this exact same Red Submariner onto an assortment of sailing and diving trips, and despite its age and consistent use, the watch itself stayed in remarkably good condition and kept the huge majority of its original parts.
Past the unexpectedly well-aged, and well-preserved dial and bezel fit, the case and lugs are nice and thick, with zero signs of over-polishing. The knurling on the crown and advantage of the bezel is still very sharp, also it fits with the sharp but unpolished lines of this case.
Due to the demanding life that many classic Rolex Submariners have lived, the huge majority are not any longer in collector-worthy condition. Although their robust design and precision build quality allow them to keep their performance over the years, many have lost some of the original parts throughout the decades.
The narrative of this Rolex Red Submariner’s military support perfectly illustrates why a number of these watches nevertheless stay in all-original state now. Additionally, the story highlights Rolex’s history as a manufacturer of precision tool-watches, instead of luxury goods, providing additional historic context to this particular watch and its planned usage.
The reference 1680 Rolex Red Submariner is one of the most desirable classic Rolex Submariner references for collectors to possess, and the extraordinarily well-documented history of this particular mention 1680’s military support has helped make it an entirely distinctive addition to any serious Rolex collection.