The 1680 was also the first Rolex Submariner Date replica watch Ref.1680/8 to offer a yellow gold—the ref. 1680/8—version alongside the stainless steel models. This is where we see the Submariner taking on a more luxurious approach rather than exclusively a tool-watch position. Furthermore, as we see here, in addition to the black dial and black bezel configurations, the gold Submariner ref. 1680/8 was also available with a blue dial and blue bezel combo.
Since the Submariner ref. 1680 boasted the new date window, its movement had to be updated. The Rolex Caliber 1575 is essentially the same as the preceding Caliber 1570, except for the addition of the date function.
This was before the Submariner achieved a water resistance of 1,000 feet—which is today’s standard. The Submariner became waterproof to 1,000 feet (and outfitted with a sapphire crystal) in 1979 with the ref. 16800. Right above the 6 o’clock position, we see the water resistance rating of 660 ft = 200 m.
This particular vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 1680/8 copy watch dates back to 1972. Both its 40mm Oyster case and matching Oyster bracelet are entirely in 18k yellow gold. As a result of the 18k gold, this Submariner feels nice and heavy on the wrist. It certainly makes its presence felt.
This is pure 1970s glam right here! We, of course, also see the Mercedes-style hands—typical for the Rolex diver’s watch—which, due to the age of the watch, have clear signs of aging. The warm yellow gold tone of the Submariner ref. 1680/8 is superbly complemented by the vibrant blue dial and coordinating blue bezel. On the rich blue dial we see the “nipple dial”, distinguished by the raised faceted hour markers. This style of dial is characteristic of gold Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master Rolex copy watches of the era.