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|Scope of delivery:||Box, papers|
|Delivery time:||2-6 days|
|Condition||Good (Light signs of wear or scratches)|
|Scope of delivery||Box, papers|
|Location||United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford|
|Case diameter||40 mm|
This is a pre-owned Rolex Submariner single red gents 1680 watch. 40mm case size in stainless steel, black dial on a stainless steel oyster bracelet, powered by an automatic movement. This Rolex is in good overall with some flaking to the dial edge at 4/5 o'clock. The case & lugs also have some marks commensurate with its age. The watch is complete with box & manuals only. Circa 1973. Our Xupes reference is W5348 should you need to quote this."Rolex have famously released rare editions of their Submariners (and other models such as the Explorer) with red writing on the dial. In the Submariner family, several versions of the 6538 had red writing giving them their nickname as the “Red Depth”. This version of the Rolex Submariner 1680 “Single Red” is no stranger to this red-faced fame. Instantly recognisable among its counterparts for it’s red writing this particular piece also features a stunning “ghosted” bezel. This bezel insert has changed colour through natural sun exposure and has faded to an attractive greyish-blue - a sought after and aesthetically pleasing detail.The rest of the bezel remains relatively sharp while the case has seen some wear especially around the lugs where there are a few visible scratches. This is telling of the originality of the matching parts. The crown also features a trip-lock indicated by its 3 dots and is in good condition.The watch features a calibre 1570 in excellent working order with few if any visible witness marks on the calibre suggesting a well looked after movement.The dial is relatively clean other than some paint missing from the outer dial circumference between 4 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The hour markers and dial writing is in good condition with some minor degrading to the lume spots such as 4 o’clock.The serial number dates to 1971. The caseback features a stamp reading I 69 which may refer to the manufacturing of the caseback alone. It is appropriately stamped 1680 coinciding to the serial number dating to 1971 (340,*)The watch comes with manuals and box only, on a good condition oyster bracelet ref. 93150 with 501B end links."Jacob Tomkins is founder and publisher of Twelve: Watch Buyer’s Journal. He is dedicated to horological content and collectors knowledge with a particular interest in rare and unusual timepieces. He has gathered valuable and substantial collecting knowledge over a career-long passion and fascination with the mechanics and variations in watchmaking.
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