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What is a Rolex ‘Red’ Submariner? And what makes it different?

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  • [caption id="attachment_44223" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rolex Submariner ref 1680 “Red Submariner” (Image: Hodinkee)[/caption]

    The “Red Submariner” is a vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 1680. It carries the nickname “Red Submariner” because if you look at the dial, the SUBMARINER label is indeed in red.

    Launched in the late 1960s, the Submariner ref. 1680 is a significant reference in Rolex’s history because it was the first model to introduce the date window to the Submariner family—prior to that the Submariner did not include a date on the dial.

    It’s important to note that not all Submariner ref. 1680 watches come with red text on the dial – only the early models did. In fact, it’s estimated that there are seven dial versions of the vintage Sub 1680. The red font was replaced with white text by the mid-1970s. As a result, the “Red Submariner” versions of 1680 are highly sought after by vintage Rolex collectors.

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