Rolex Submariner Date

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SKU AS00964
SKU AS00964

Why We Love it

There is an old adage among Rolex Submariner purists: If you need a date function on your dive watch, you’ve got bigger problems than what’s on your wrist.

To a certain extent, they’re right. From it’s original, the Rolex Submariner was a stripped down tool watch, designed with one mission in mind. The clean, matte black dial and symmetrical hour plots was the hallmark of sub-aquatic form-meets-function design. Rolex released the Reference 1680 Submariner in 1966, marking the first time a dive watch from the revered manufacture was equipped with a date function.

For the first few production years of the 1680, the word Submariner was printed in red, a feature that makes them all the more sought after today. But outside of this collectability footnote, the Reference 1680 was the first true departure from the beloved Submariner design. After all, Jacques Cousteau and James Bond never needed to know the date, right?

But pushing back from the purist’s table, one asks oneself what is required of a good tool watch: It should be sturdily built from stainless steel. It should have a robust movement capable of withstanding shock, dust and, in the case of divers, meters of crushing water pressure. Further, a good tool watch should be versatile, capable of accompanying the wearer through any walk of his or her life, not simply the narrow tasks accomplished therein. This is where the 1680 shines.

Thus, the inclusion of a date function was an invitation to Rolex buyers to wear their watches longer and in a variety of environments. Effectively, the date function turned a simple dive watch into a timepiece capable of everyday wear.

In the early 1980s, Rolex improved upon the original Submariner date models, releasing the 16800. This sub was fitted with a uni-directional ratcheting bezel, a sapphire crystal with a lower profile and a quick-set date function. It was also rated to 300m, versus the 200m depth rating of the 1680.

This particular 16800 hails from roughly 1983/1984 and has one the last dial executions before the addition of white gold surrounds to the hour plots.   On the original solid link bracelet and patina in all the right places, this 16800 is stunner, and the perfect everyday-wear Submariner.  Purists be damned... 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Submariner Date

Rolex Submariner Date

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Rolex Submariner Date

Why We Love it

There is an old adage among Rolex Submariner purists: If you need a date function on your dive watch, you’ve got bigger problems than what’s on your wrist.

To a certain extent, they’re right. From it’s original, the Rolex Submariner was a stripped down tool watch, designed with one mission in mind. The clean, matte black dial and symmetrical hour plots was the hallmark of sub-aquatic form-meets-function design. Rolex released the Reference 1680 Submariner in 1966, marking the first time a dive watch from the revered manufacture was equipped with a date function.

For the first few production years of the 1680, the word Submariner was printed in red, a feature that makes them all the more sought after today. But outside of this collectability footnote, the Reference 1680 was the first true departure from the beloved Submariner design. After all, Jacques Cousteau and James Bond never needed to know the date, right?

But pushing back from the purist’s table, one asks oneself what is required of a good tool watch: It should be sturdily built from stainless steel. It should have a robust movement capable of withstanding shock, dust and, in the case of divers, meters of crushing water pressure. Further, a good tool watch should be versatile, capable of accompanying the wearer through any walk of his or her life, not simply the narrow tasks accomplished therein. This is where the 1680 shines.

Thus, the inclusion of a date function was an invitation to Rolex buyers to wear their watches longer and in a variety of environments. Effectively, the date function turned a simple dive watch into a timepiece capable of everyday wear.

In the early 1980s, Rolex improved upon the original Submariner date models, releasing the 16800. This sub was fitted with a uni-directional ratcheting bezel, a sapphire crystal with a lower profile and a quick-set date function. It was also rated to 300m, versus the 200m depth rating of the 1680.

This particular 16800 hails from roughly 1983/1984 and has one the last dial executions before the addition of white gold surrounds to the hour plots.   On the original solid link bracelet and patina in all the right places, this 16800 is stunner, and the perfect everyday-wear Submariner.  Purists be damned... 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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