Bob’s Spotlight: The Yellow Gold and Blue Submariner ref. 1680/8
For the current week’s glance at an outstanding Rolex watch in Bob’s stock, we analyze a vintage Submariner 1680. What’s more, an extraordinary ref. 1680, however a 18k yellow gold reference 1680/8 model with a dazzling blue dial. Go along with us as we look further into what makes this vintage Rolex jumping observe so special.
A yellow gold ref. 1680/8 model with a dynamic blue dial.
The Many Firsts of the Blue Gold Submariner 1680
The Rolex Submariner 1680 achieved a few “firsts” for the brand. The Rolex 1680 was acquainted with the general population in the last part of the 1960s and it was the primary Submariner with the date work. Notwithstanding the new date window at 3 o’clock, it likewise had the Cyclops focal point connected to the precious stone for ideal decipherability. Since this is a vintage Rolex, the dial is finished off with an acrylic gem. Sapphire gem opened up on Rolex Submariners over ten years later.
The Submariner is normally in hardened steel with a dark bezel and dial.
The 1680 was likewise the main Submariner to offer a yellow gold — the ref. 1680/8—variant close by the hardened steel models. This is the place where we see the Submariner adopting on a more rich strategy as opposed to only an apparatus watch position. Moreover, as we see here, notwithstanding the dark dial and dark bezel setups, the gold Submariner ref. 1680/8 was additionally available with a blue dial and blue bezel combo.
The Blue and Gold Submariner 1680/8
This specific vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 1680/8 traces all the way back to 1972. The two its 40mm Oyster case and coordinating Oyster arm band are altogether in 18k yellow gold. Because of the 18k gold, this Submariner feels quite substantial on the wrist. It surely makes its quality felt.
It comes with a 40mm Oyster case and coordinating Oyster wristband are altogether in 18k yellow gold.
The warm yellow gold tone of the Submariner ref. 1680/8 is amazingly complemented by the energetic blue dial and planning blue bezel. On the rich blue dial we see the “areola dial”, recognized by the raised faceted hour markers. This style of dial is normal for gold Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master watches of the period. This is unadulterated 1970s glitz right here! We, obviously, additionally see the Mercedes-style hands — regular for the Rolex jumper’s watch—which, because of the age of the watch, have obvious indicators of aging.
Right over the 6 o’clock position, we see the water opposition rating of 660 ft = 200 m. This was before the Submariner accomplished a water obstruction of 1,000 feet—which is the present norm. The Submariner got waterproof to 1,000 feet (and furnished with a sapphire precious stone) in 1979 with the ref. 16800.
The Rolex Caliber 1575
This Submariner has the Triplock twisting crown to keep the water out.
Since the Submariner ref. 1680 flaunted the new date window, its development must be refreshed. The Rolex Caliber 1575 is basically equivalent to the former Caliber 1570, with the exception of the expansion of the date work. The Caliber 1575 programmed mechanical development works at 19,800 beats per hour.
While early models of the Submariner 1680 has the Twinlock screw-down crown, this Submariner has the Triplock twisting crown to keep the water out.
Although it’s common today to see strong gold jumping watches, back in the last part of the 1960s and mid 1970s, the idea of a full 18k gold “apparatus watch” was bold, most definitely. Not exclusively is the Submariner ref. 1680/8 a significant model in Rolex’s set of experiences for being the primary gold Sub, however it’s a strong fine watch to take a gander at as well! Generally critical and remarkably appealing is an overwhelming combination surely. What’s more, it is therefore that we’ve chosen to sparkle Bob’s Spotlight on this vintage Rolex timepiece.