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!
This particular example features a Mk 5 Dial and has a beautifully aged bezel that is slightly blue under the sun. It has a nice creamy patina and has a domed crystal rather than the usual top hat cyclops crystal.
There is a reason why 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 ’50s.