1970 Rolex Submariner Vintage Mens Ref. 1680 Watch with Red Letter Dial - Stainless Steel


Item No. VR 19

Today's offering showcases this very cool and highly collectable "red letter" version of the famous 1680 Sub. It is a 2.9 million serial number. It has sporty and classy vintage Rolex style and its coveted original red letter dial set it apart as one of the elite vintage Rolexes sought after by serious watch connoisseurs and men of discerning taste.

Here are a few of its features:

  • Original "red letter.' Only a small number of 1680 Submariners, which were the first Submariner to feature a date display, had the word Submariner written in red.
  • 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end links and flip-lock clasp for extra security while diving.
  • Graduated bi-directional revolving black bezel for assistance with decompression times

This Certified Pre-Owned Rolex is in beautiful condition and was purchased from Rolex authorized dealer Tourneau.

It appears to be unworn since being serviced and purchased. All of its parts are genuine Rolex down to the spring bars and it presents in beautiful condition. Accompanying it are its Tourneau boxes.

Tourneau is not allowed to use anything other than Rolex parts when servicing it and they're not allowed to sell anything that contains any aftermarket parts, so purchasing this watch is like purchasing it from a Rolex AD. We have included several photos from the original Tourneau listing attesting to the fact that it's unaltered since they're servicing.

Tourneau fully serviced the watch and provided a two-year warranty at the time of their sale. We have timed it in five chronometer positions on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It continues to keep time nearly on par with a new Submariner.

It is part of a discerning collection we are selling from of a renowned pediatrician.

Included with the purchase is a new one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function (we are unsure if Tourneau warranties are transferable), and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

*For this watch payment must be made by bank wire.

Rolex Submariner:
Rolex, known for exposing their wristwatches to extreme circumstances, took their testing to a new level on September 30, 1953, when they strapped one of their new prototype Submariner diving watches to the famous Piccard family's bathyscaph FNRS-2 for its world record setting dive to 10,336 feet. The watch survived the testing unharmed and watertight.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Model: Submariner, Ref. 1680
  • Serial no.: 2,955,577
  • Year made: 1970
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Date, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Excellent condition. Very light wear to the edge of the case back. The facets on the bezel are very crisp.
  • Dimensions: 40mm in diameter without the crown
  • Dial: Matte black, signed Rolex 660 ft/ 200 m with Submariner in Red, with luminous round, triangular and baton indexes, outer minute division. Original, excellent condition.
  • Hands: Luminous steel 'Mercedes' skeletons
  • Movement type: Cal. 1570/1575, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions and temperature, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring
  • Band: Rolex Oyster bracelet #93150 with 580 end pieces, locking deployment clasp, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. 8.25 inches, fairly mild stretch and finish presents as excellent condition with only light remnants of wear and a strong and clear coronet on the class
  • Crystal: Sapphire, mint condition
  • Servicing: Tourneau fully serviced the watch and provided a two-year warranty at the time of their sale.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have timed it in five chronometer positions on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It continues to keep time nearly on par with a new Submariner.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Tourneau boxes; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Connoisseur of Time timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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