The Rolex Submariner is a watch that requires no introduction; it's one of the most widely recognized and beloved timepieces worldwide. Much like other Rolex models, its reputation precedes it, thanks to its enduring design, impeccable quality, and a storied heritage deeply intertwined with the world of diving and adventure.
For context, the Ref. 1680 marked Rolex's inaugural inclusion of a date feature in the Submariner line. It succeeded the esteemed Ref. 5513 and gained widespread fame in pop culture, adorning the wrists of luminaries like Robert Redford, Steve McQueen and even eminent fictional characters like James Bond. As we reflect on the Ref. 1680, it is truly one of Rolex's most iconic models, having inspired some of history's most pivotal and legendary tool watches.
What we have here today is a great example of a Ref. 1680 ‘White Submariner’, featuring a Mk III matte dial and on a ‘VB’ stamped ‘93150’ Oyster bracelet. Other notable features include a bi-directional bezel with an aluminum Mk 3 insert, complete with a luminous pearl pip at 12 o ‘clock.
Powering the Ref. 1680 from within is Rolex’s Cal. 1575, a robust self-winding movement that beats at a rate of 19,800 vph and carries a power reserve of 42 hours on a full wind. It is also worth noting that, while the movement's rotor bridge is stamped '1570', which denotes the caliber number, this is actually a legitimate discrepancy. The Cal. 1575 is essentially identical to the Cal. 1570, differing only by the addition of a calendar module. The internal components of both movements are fundamentally the same, and Rolex employed a single part labeled with the base caliber number, a practice that contrasts with today's highly standardized Rolex production process.
The Rolex Submariner's enduring popularity can be easily understood. Its black aluminum bezel, robust beveled oyster case, and matte black dial adorned with generously sized luminous markers not only establish it as the quintessential tool watch since its introduction in the 1950s, but it is also as an undeniably attractive tool watch that holds its own against today's contemporary standards of style.