Last week, while over in the USA, I got a duplicate of Matt Hranek’s , an awesome tribute to the wristwatch and its hang on the wearer. It was a fitting obtaining on the grounds that, while there, I wound up requesting my dad to pull out one from my #1 watches that he claims and characterized a specific time of his life (or if nothing else his exercises), a Rolex 1680 Submariner. And keeping in mind that my Dad didn’t compose any writing or wax on about the watch’s significance to him, this jumper influenced me when I was more youthful. Indeed, the present #TBT will investigate this notable Sub, yet it additionally gives the chance to do a little narrating while at the same time utilizing a portion of my Dad’s “L’Eroica-period” bikes, his actual energy, as settings for the vast majority of the photographs. I trust you appreciate it!
I’ve recently referenced that I experienced childhood in South Florida and had moderately regular experiences with the sea. My Dad additionally grew up there and starting in secondary school – the last part of the 1960’s – started SCUBA jumping. Presently, it’s not difficult to consider SCUBA plunging during this period and into the 1970’s and the inner being regularly floats to scenes of Jacques Cousteau and other people who were investigating the profound, however this was just important for the story. Actually plunging during this period, for most members, was genuinely wild and wooly: to some degree a trial that was laden with peril. It was about investigation, experiences with tiger sharks with blade close by, going for lobsters and spearfishing. The absurdity? The accounts of plunge tanks being filled at service stations with corrupted air in focal Florida for use in unimaginably perilous cavern jumps were commonplace – and a conceivable empowering influence of narcosis and numerous deaths.
Dive licenses? Maybe, yet guidelines were in their outset and a great many people learned in a pool or, more awful, by doing. Brands like Aqua Lung, Cressi-Sub, Voit, and Tekna were commonplace in my youth carport just as tanks made of steel – indeed, steel. Also, the watches? Indeed, the vast majority, including my Dad, wore plunge watches that you currently find on eBay for $200 – 400, then again, actually he paid $20 at Sears during secondary school (his watch actually works coincidentally). Be that as it may, if a decent plunge watch was significant – and it used to be urgently significant – pretty much everybody needed a Rolex.
Other watch brands, like Doxa and Omega, were very much considered and worn, yet to hear it from my Dad, Rolex was truly seen as the safeguard piece of gear to claim and it wasn’t really because of timekeeping precision. Regardless of the chronometer rating of most, including the present Rolex 1680 Submariner, I can recall hearing stories of Rolex’s not keeping amazing time. Maybe this was because of attraction, however ultra exact timekeeping wasn’t actually the point. No, the capacity of a Submariner to remain watertight, dodge consumption and to take an actual beating made it the ideal companion to the wide range of various stuff that would see obligation. It was a piece of hardware that lone contrasted in common sense from a thigh lash plunge blade in that it very well may be worn external the water as well.
My Dad began his profession in the mid 1970’s, yet absolutely couldn’t manage the cost of a Rolex. As a dental specialist who was building his training, he figured out how to get a Submariner, however, by the mid 70’s. It’s a story for some other time, however an all around utilized 1967 reference 5512 “McQueen” advanced toward my Dad in return for some dental work. I own and treasure that observe now. It looks incredible and I like realizing that it did genuine time in the Atlantic, however plainly my Dad needed to purchase his own Sub at some point.
Fast-forward to 1978 and South Florida was going through some genuine change. Individuals really started viewing at the area as in excess of an occasional or retirement escape and this offered ascend to that American creation, the shopping center. As far as we might be concerned, that implied Pompano Fashion Square and inside this mammoth, at that point, building was Mayor’s Jewelers. Thus it was there that my Dad purchased another Rolex 1680 Submariner for the royal amount of $780. This was a great deal of cash during this time, yet on the off chance that we adapt to expansion it approaches generally $3,000 in the present cash – or approximately 1/3 of what another Submariner Date costs today! Indeed, Rolex made optimistic, however achievable, apparatus watches at one point.
The unique proprietor Rolex 1680 Submariner you see here was worn nearly throughout each and every day for around 6 years and was the sole wear on plunges, fishing trips and whatever else life tossed at my Dad, (for example, us kids). I recollect it affectionately on his wrist – particularly when he was driving and had his hand on the wheel. It was completely overhauled once – substitution however unique Top Hat precious stone, substitution yet unique bezel and trim, and development registration – yet the dial and hands are completely unique. The first Top Hat was truly something, coincidentally, how it had fundamentally chipped right around its driving edge because of its huge height.
The watch got a thoughtful case clean, however it’s basically “for the most part present” and the wristband looks as new with its right “VC” fasten code on the strong connection 93150.
You can see that the hands and dial have matured equitably, which isn’t an assurance, into a pleasant warm vanilla tone. Beside that and some dial scratches, the Rolex 1680 Submariner actually looks moderately new and prepared to bring its next dive into the deep.
In difference to the Red Submariner I own and recently evaluated , the all white variant highlights the brand’s reliable Triplock crown. This was presented in about 1974 on the Sub and adds an additional level of water snugness. Talking about the all white content, it’s really what comes to mind when I think about a Submariner. Versus the red rendition, it makes for a less difficult look and it’s one that has been proceeded steadfastly through to the present versions.
During the last 6-7 years of gathering, I’ve experienced times of adoration and outright apathy for watches like the Rolex 1680 Submariner. Subs with dates were, and are, ordinary for such an extent that they frequently struck me as unimaginative and an over the top safe play while picking what to purchase and wear. Truth be told, during a new talk with James Stacey of (and different sources) acclaim, we talked about how Subs are regularly disregarded for being so common, however that there’s simply something about a very much adored vintage example.
I’ve consistently favored models without the Cyclops to the date forms that is still obvious, however as referenced in the Red Sub article, the warm lume in addition to the dated kitsch of the Top Hat precious stone can’t be denied. Furthermore, it’s regularly rehashed, however Subs just contain a degree of strength that even causes more established renditions to feel hearty and important. It’s the immortal looks and great form quality that would permit the piece you see here to effectively trundle on for its next 40 years.
My Dad’s Rolex 1680 Submariner doesn’t get a huge load of wear any more, which is somewhat of a disgrace, however he’s proceeded onward to more modest and more comfortable watches. It’s amusing that when he quit jumping, he quit wearing the Sub; this was a big and substantial watch, thinking back to the 80’s. Incidentally, close to the time my Dad quit jumping, he started another, seemingly more available side interest and that was cycling – something he keeps on getting a charge out of today.
Therefore, I thought it was a pleasant chance to mix photos of the Sub with some vintage bicycle casings and parts that he’s utilized – more lovely old fashioned mechanicals, why not!? Sorry for the diversion, however in case you’re a cycling fan, you’ll note names like Regina, De Rosa, Cinelli, Masi, Campagnolo, Brooks and Binda. It was amusing to mess with the bicycles, however testing to adjust and shoot a watch on derailleurs and shifters – fortunately I didn’t drop the watch!
The Rolex 1680 Submariner was created from approximately 1969 to 1979/1980. At some point in 1974, Rolex changed from the red scripted variant to the all white model like you see here. White renditions were absolutely more various and as it’s expressed in discussions, red forms frequently lost their red dials to white during administrations. There were a few variants of the later white dials and I’d recommend checking in with one of the gatherings to guarantee that the dial is “right” for the chronic number. Common assistance parts on these Subs are bezel embeds (they ought to contain one of various styles of “fat textual style”), dials, hands, and arm bands. Additionally, finding a piece with the first Top Hat gem – the precious stone countenances are damn close to vertical with a very slight slant at the main edge – can demonstrate troublesome and NOS focal points are currently very pricey.
The same can be said for dials, hands and bezel embeds: it’s Rolex all things considered. Estimating insightful, white 1680’s actually stay as one of the last couple of strongholds of relative moderateness with regards to vintage sports Rolex. Yet, “relative” is terribly relative. Alongside the long running dateless 5513, these pieces sat at around $6K always, however those days are a distant memory. For a truly decent piece, costs of $10K aren’t unexpected and I’d anticipate that they should keep on climbing. As the last acrylic precious stone Sub Date (the 16800 followed this watch with a matte dial and sapphire gem), there’s a ton to like here.
That’s pretty much for this excursion trip down (my) world of fond memories with the Rolex 1680 Submariner. My Dad’s watch is one that I saw a ton of during the early piece of my life. Moreover, it’s a jumper that has developed into a symbol, yet that was initially bought new exclusively in light of the fact that it was seen as the best quality device at that point. In light of its present condition and the reason it served, I’d say it was well bought.