Hi, I have purchased a Rolex Submariner 1680 1969. I got it for a very good price, around $5500USD.
My watch maker has it at the moment. He has confirmed the watch was only ever serviced by Rolex themselves, based on the marks inside the case back. It was serviced in 1974, 1996 and lastly in 2002.
Between 2002 and now unfortunately it appears to have fallen into the wrong hands and has been quite messed about with.
I was aware at the point of purchase that this piece had a replica dial, handset and bezel insert. I am pretty sure the date wheel is not correct, however this isnt a massive priority as it has a Rolex service date wheel in it at the moment. I dont mind if the parts arent from 1969, I only wish to have this back to a wearable state with Rolex OEM parts.
I am trying to source original, authentic Rolex parts for this watch. I know it had a service in 1974, so I am happy to settle for service parts, white dials etc from the mid 1970's.
I am also looking for a 69ii bracelet.