The Swiss made copy Rolex Red Submariner is my favorite watch of all time, the one I would pick to wear for the rest of my days. To me, it checks all the boxes, and it’s just easy. The style is classic enough to really work with everything, it has a date function that’s pretty useful, and to spice it up, there’s that little line of red text. Rolex used red text in some of the earlier Submariners but stopped after the 1680.
In recent years, the brand brought back some red text in the 43mm Sea-Dweller, paying homage to the OG Sea-Dwellers, but it’s really not the same thing. It’s funny, when I was first introduced to the Rolex Red Sub 1680 fake with steel case, I wasn’t a fan of the top-hat style crystal. Now it’s one of my favorite details. From the different mark dials to the band-aid textured lume to the folded-link bracelet, these have so many little details to obsesses over. The bracelet on this watch has an error divers extension where Rolex misspelled “patented,” instead spelling it “pateted.” It’s uncommon for Rolex to make a mistake like this, so many collectors find this desirable because it differentiates the watch from others.
The example we’re offering today is circa 1972 and comes complete with its original box, papers, and a whole lot of accessories. Box and papers aren’t crucial for me when it comes to vintage, but when the watch is great and it has the original accouterments – it’s a home run. When we first got this Swiss movement replica watch in, it was so nice to open up everything and just lay it out. It’s so satisfying matching up the case number to the punched papers to the hang-tag, and even to the second punched papers in the “Your Rolex Oyster” booklet.
I love how the original caseback sticker was stuck to the green plastic Rolex wallet, most likely at the time of purchase. The luxury Rolex Submariner super clone watch has aged beautifully with a creamy colored lume, nicely preserved bezel, and folded bracelet still in great shape. Finding a full-set Red Sub like this is getting more difficult by the day, and this is a great opportunity to give this one a new home, dive in here.