In 1965 Rolex introduced caliber 1565, C.O.S.C. (chronometer) certified and provided with a date. In 1971 Rolex adapted this caliber with a “hacking” system (which means that the second’s hand stops when the crown is pulled out to change the time). The introduction of the 1565 caliber led to the introduction of the model series with reference 168X.
The introduction of date also meant the introduction of the “Cyclops date magnifier” or date magnifier for the Submariner series. The reference 1680 also marked the “transition” of the Submariner as a “tool watch” for serious divers to a “luxury sports watch”. The fact that 1680 was the first reference to be sold in steel, steel/gold and 18k gold confirms this.
As a watch enthusiast, you undoubtedly know that an original box and papers contribute to the appeal of a vintage watch. This allows one watch to distinguish itself from another. This ‘Sub’ has those papers and box.
Extraordinary is the fact that it has been sold by the first Rolex dealer in Amsterdam, Elka jeweler, situated at Leidse street and on the famous shopping street Klaver street. So in short, Rolex submariner Ref. 1680, with beautiful patina, original box & papers, sold in Amsterdam by Elka(Ernst Louis Kiek Amsterdam), with the original receipt from 1980, how cool is that!?