The Rolex Submariner is one of the most recognisable and popular watches in the world, and like most Rolexes, needs no introduction. While there are certainly more expensive references out there, one of the most endearing and popular vintage variants of the Submariner would have to be the 1680 ‘Red’ Submariner. Named as such because this transitional reference had the ‘Submariner’ text in red rather than the conventional white, collectors have placed a premium on this as they were produced for a short time only. Even non-vintage guys know what a ‘Red’ Sub is!
The beauty about vintage Rolex is that they all age different, some better than others. This particular example is one that has become more beautiful as it ages, with a fantastic original ‘ghosted’ Mk 3 bezel and a beautiful deep pumpkin patina on the dial and hands. You certainly do not get them this good very often!
There is a reason why the Submariner is so popular. With its black aluminium bezel, its chunky bevelled oyster case and its matte black dial with large luminous plots, it has been the ultimate tool watch since its inception in the 50’s.