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Old 28 March 2020, 01:58 AM   #1
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1680 insert

Hi,

Iím brand new to this forum & have questions which seek some guidance.

Iím considering to purchase this 1680 but want to check If this insert is a serviced or a so-called MK4 (MK4 thin font flat 4 76-88)


Any advice would be much appreciated


Best,
Kris
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Old 28 March 2020, 02:48 AM   #2
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Hi,

To me 1976 is definitely too early for this one.
I would very roughly say 1985-1990 and would be happy to hear from the more experienced guys about their opinion.

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Old 28 March 2020, 08:22 AM   #3
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Hi,

To me 1976 is definitely too early for this one.
I would very roughly say 1985-1990 and would be happy to hear from the more experienced guys about their opinion.

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1680s were produced until 1980.
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Old 28 March 2020, 08:26 AM   #4
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The insert is a later replacement.
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Old 28 March 2020, 10:29 AM   #5
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It's a 5513 insert found during the 1980s and maybe it was used as a service replacement too!
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Old 28 March 2020, 10:46 AM   #6
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Service part....early to mid 80s part...nice mark1 dial on the 1680
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Old 28 March 2020, 12:11 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your contribution & knowledge.

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Old 28 March 2020, 10:22 PM   #8
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1680s were produced until 1980.
Never said it was ever fitted originally on 1680 :)
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Old 28 March 2020, 10:53 PM   #9
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Never said it was ever fitted originally on 1680 :)
oK, you were referring to the insert. Thought you were referring to the watch.
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Old 28 March 2020, 11:23 PM   #10
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Beautiful watch!
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Old 29 March 2020, 07:19 PM   #11
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Lovely watch.......in the spirit of sharing OP, would you be willing to share the first three digits of the serial number.
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Old 4 May 2020, 10:28 AM   #12
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Getting ready to sell my one owner 1680. The pearl is long gone. Should I replace it first or leave as is.
I'd leave it as is. An after market "pearl" won't look right and will lower the value. I don't believe Rolex via AD or service center will replace the pearl part of the bezel insert on older Submariners (pre-ceramic). You may have to replace the bezel insert, this would be expensive and you would have a service insert.
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Old 4 May 2020, 01:20 PM   #13
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Getting ready to sell my one owner 1680. The pearl is long gone. Should I replace it first or leave as is.

You can leave as-is or buy a vintage pearl, they usually sell for $250-$300.


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Old 5 May 2020, 04:22 AM   #14
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I don't believe Rolex via AD or service center will replace the pearl part of the bezel insert on older Submariners (pre-ceramic). You may have to replace the bezel insert, this would be expensive and you would have a service insert.
They at least used to up until about last year. I had a luminova pearl inserted into the original bezel insert of my -78 1680 at my AD, they charged me 50$ in total for it.
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Old 5 May 2020, 05:03 AM   #15
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They at least used to up until about last year. I had a luminova pearl inserted into the original bezel insert of my -78 1680 at my AD, they charged me 50$ in total for it.
Totally possible, I too have a 1978 or so 1680 Submariner with a damaged pearl. I asked at a Denver, Colorado AD if I could get the pearl replaced. They declined to do it inhouse and offered to send it to New York, but with the likelihood of replacement bezel insert being installed without return of the existing insert. I declined the offer. The Denver AD might have done just the pearl, maybe they didn't have one or just didn't want to make the effort.

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Do you trust the seller? if you do then you should get it.
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