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Old 4 February 2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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1680 Red Submariner Back From RSC...9 Months Later.

Well, I finally got my 1969/1970 Red Submariner back from the New York RSC after waiting 9 long months.

To say that I am pleased with the results of the servicing would be a gross understatement. Below, is a link of the watch before I sent it in for servicing.

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=528897

After I posted that link I was going to return the watch to the seller but decided to pursue the RSC route in hopes that I would be able to acquire a new, super rare, red service dial.

I called over to the New York RSC and was told that if I sent the watch in that it would be replaced with a white service dial. I called a few more times and talked to a supervisor who confirmed that they do not have any red service dials.

I had become attached to the watch for some reason and decided that I wanted to "save" it.

I reached out to Michael Young for a quote to restore the dial and was getting ready to ship it to him when I came across this thread.

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=286496

I love the look of the 1680 red subs and after seeing all of the beautiful vintage watches with new service dials with functioning lume, I knew that I had to keep trying.

I emailed and called Rolex Geneva to see if they could offer some assistance. Rolex Geneva replied after a few days and said that they would forward my request to the New York RSC. I noticed there was a case reference number, which was also CC'd to RSC New York.

Within 2 days one of the supervisors at RSC New York contacted me and made arrangements for me to send my watch in and explained that once the watch was dis-assembled, the dial would be sent to Geneva for authentication. Once the dial was authenticated, Rolex Geneva sent a "red" submariner service dial back to New York for service and re-assembly.

So, here we are... 9 longs months later. I can tell you that I am VERY happy and pleased with the results.

The first thing I noticed is that the service bezel insert is fatter than the older service insert that was on the watch when I sent it in.

I will upload the pics now via TapaTalk.
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:13 AM   #3
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It looks great. How much did they sting you for the dial?
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:19 AM   #4
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That's an amazingly looking watch you've got here... that cristal : wow!!
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:20 AM   #5
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It looks great. How much did they sting you for the dial?
It doesn't matter how much he paid; the watch looks brand new and has a stunning new period correct dial.
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:21 AM   #6
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They still had a red service dial kicking around?? Wow. Nice score.
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:26 AM   #7
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It looks great. How much did they sting you for the dial?
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Old 4 February 2018, 11:05 AM   #8
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Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.
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Old 4 February 2018, 11:22 AM   #9
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Wow, you just scored yourself a brand new vintage red sub. Good work.
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Old 4 February 2018, 11:53 AM   #10
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Wow great story. I’m glad to hear red service dials are still available.
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Old 4 February 2018, 12:34 PM   #11
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Omg! Well sir, I stand corrected from 1 year ago when I said return it. Great work resisting the witherin barrage of adversity from all corners!
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Old 4 February 2018, 01:23 PM   #12
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That's an amazingly looking watch you've got here... that cristal : wow!!
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They still had a red service dial kicking around?? Wow. Nice score.
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Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.
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Wow, you just scored yourself a brand new vintage red sub. Good work.
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Wow great story. Im glad to hear red service dials are still available.
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Omg! Well sir, I stand corrected from 1 year ago when I said return it. Great work resisting the witherin barrage of adversity from all corners!
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Old 4 February 2018, 02:06 PM   #13
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I'm glad this came with a happy ending from rsc. Wear in good health.
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Old 4 February 2018, 02:53 PM   #14
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Wow! Very nice
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Old 4 February 2018, 03:29 PM   #15
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Looks like it all worked out for you. Congratulations.
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Old 4 February 2018, 06:18 PM   #16
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Looks amazing! Congrats!!!
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Old 4 February 2018, 06:32 PM   #17
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Well done sir,he who dares!!


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Old 4 February 2018, 06:52 PM   #18
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Congrats man! Looks good!
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Old 4 February 2018, 07:01 PM   #19
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Incredible. A beautiful vintage piece you can wear everyday. Many congratulations.
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Old 4 February 2018, 07:07 PM   #20
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Looks great and you got a 'red' dial too!!
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Old 4 February 2018, 08:37 PM   #21
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Congrats great watch , great story just shows polite persistence pays .


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Old 4 February 2018, 08:55 PM   #22
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Awesome end to a great story.
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Old 4 February 2018, 09:11 PM   #23
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What a saga!
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:08 PM   #24
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Thanks, everyone for your input and kind words.
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Wow. The watch looks amazing. Huge congrats man.
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Wow, only one like it in the world. :)
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Stunning! Well done, persistence payed off!
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fantastic result ,,, i can see the start of the rush for red service dials starting here.
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I am totally blown away ,it looks amazing , I am fussy but this ticks the boxes as mentioned it’s like new well done and thx for sharing your story
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Looks great.
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