Vintage: Rolex Submariner Reference 1680

Vintage: Rolex Submariner Reference 1680

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The Rolex Submariner is one of the most iconic watches and it is most likely the most iconic Rolex watch.

I am a big fan of the Submariner.  The Submariner has been made for close to 60 years now.  The basic looks of it have not really changed.  Although what is inside has experienced improvements that are maybe not all that noticeable.  The Submariner, or the Sub as many enthusiasts tend to call it, combines history of diving, movies, James Bond, Steve McQueen and other famous people who used to wear them, all in one timepiece.

I assume that the link behind this (thanks to my reader and friend Bert) proves that rumor about the Submariner being tested at the time when NASA decided to use the Speedmaster for the first flight to the moon is just a rumor, and probably not true.  That would also mean, that the rumor of why the Submariner did not make it back then was because of its automatic movement, is not true either.  To what extent they did not know back then if an automatic watch would generate enough energy in space, is not really known.  Well, now they and all of us know better.

The reference 1680 has a non quickset date function, and caliber 1575 is a true workhorse from the Rolex manufacture.  It is one of those movements that run very precisely, for a very long time without a revision.

I heard of 1680s that never had a revision and are still running accurately after 40 years.

Well, here you find some nice pictures from all angles of the vintage Submariner 1680.

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