Like my colleague Cole Pennington says: “Always read the caseback.” And that couldn’t be more true than with this black dial fake Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680. In addition to being originally sold at Tiffany & Co. with the retailer’s stamp on its dial, the watch has a lovely caseback engraving that simply says “12-25-77 Love, Gayle.” The thought of waking up Christmas morning to this Submariner in a little blue box is a watch collector’s dream. Who knows how this gift exchange actually went down, but it is fun to think about the scenario and how, back in 1977, a “Tiffany-signed Rolex replica” wasn’t that big of a deal, whereas today, these retailer-signed watches are some of the most sought-after by collectors everywhere.
In addition to the intriguing caseback engraving – which is appropriate for this time of year – and the retailer-signed dial, this watch is in overall beautiful, honest condition. It looks like Gayle really nailed this present, as the stainless steel bracelet replica Rolex watch was worn and loved for many years. The bezel has aged to a beautiful dark grey, graphite color and the lume has all turned to a consistent beige/yellow color.
The hands have even developed a patina that almost gives them a gilt look, which adds to the charm of the high quality copy watch. As many of you know by now, the Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 replica is one of my personal favorites, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this fine example. You can check out all the details and take a closer look now in the HODINKEE Shop.