Rolex Ref 1680 „Purple Haze“

Launched around 1967, reference 1680 was the first Submariner model to be fitted with a date function. The model was most typically cased in stainless steel. Early examples displayed a ‘meters first’ depth rating, with the ‚Submariner‘ script printed in red, hence the name ‚Red Submariner.‘

Yet, an even more unusual Submariner is one cased in yellow gold. Reference 1680 was the first Submariner model to be cased in the precious metal, which provided a fresh, glamorous and luxurious update to the watch most traditionally associated with stainless steel.


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