Damn you Rolex. Okay, more specifically, the Vintage Rolex Replica. I don’t want to like you, I really don’t, because so many others are in love with you and have made you dangerous to buy and a prohibitively expensive process along the way. Plus, you go and change one silly detail here or there like a font – often likely without a ton of consideration on how the market will react (in this case would have reacted) – and people go nuts. I mean seriously nuts. Today’s MCRP looks at a watch with a small little detail that collectors love and it’s a fake watch that I kind of accidentally backed into about five years ago. Let’s talk about the well-known ref.1680 Rolex Red Submariner. Actually, and I’ll not repeat it, but just because I’m a pain, this is actually a Submariner Date.
Just for the heck of it – the Cheap Fake Rolex Red Submariner next to a Tudor Submariner “Snowflake”.
Let’s clear up a few things because one of my first articles ever on MCRP Watches Blog, was about the modern classic Rolex Submariner 14060M. I made the claim that it was essentially a perfectly designed watch due to its excellent dial symmetry, but also because it lacked that odd protrusion of a feature: the Cyclops. I also made it very clear that there are only 2 types of Subs: the Copy Rolex Submariner and the Submariner Date Replica Watches. There is no such thing as a Submariner “No Date” – that’s just silly. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that it was actually a struggle to pull the trigger when a very honest Rolex Red Submariner came up for sale some five years ago for a very reasonable price. But… the head lurched in front of the heart and made the decision because, if nothing else, a well bought vintage sports Rolex is a sound investment.
Yes, I had just moved to London five years back when my Dad shot me a note stating that a Canadian jeweler outside of Toronto had received a Replica Rolex Red Submariner in on trade and had put it up for sale for around $5,000 Canadian. (This dealer also had a lovely 1675 that neither of us jumped on – ugh). I hemmed and hawed a little, but, admittedly, there was also a little voice inside of me that became really excited because, honestly, I never thought I’d be able to find an affordable vintage sports Rolex again. I took delivery of the watch at some point and, like so many swiss replica watches I’ve bought, I was much more impressed in person than in print. But – the watch needed a thorough cleaning and some other additions.
A nice look at a fat font bezel – one of different Copy Rolex types.
The Rolex Red Submariner was produced from roughly 1969 to 1973 (some say 1966 as a start while others claim the watch went on until 1975). Aside from the red font that drives collectors batty, it’s truly notable for one thing: it’s the first Submariner with a date. There are many Rolexes come from MCRP Replica Watches UK Online Store. Obviously, this is significant because, if you look today, you’ll quickly notice that about 95% of all Subs on people’s wrists seem to feature a date. The Knockoff Rolex Cyclops actually started out years back in 1953 on the Datejust (some say the Turn-O-Graph), but, either way, it didn’t begin life on the Submariner Date.