If you are into collecting watches, it seems to be some kind of quest or grail to – at some point – get a watch from your year of birth. Just recently, I paid attention to some topics on TimeZone and the UK based TZ-UK watch portal about getting a watch from your birth year. It seems that Omega, Rolex and Breitling are very sought-after brands for the birth year purpose, as they are when it comes to watch collecting in general as well.

Earlier this year, I had the same goal, getting a nice watch from my year of birth, 1977. Since Omega is the brand that started this watch madness for me, I was always on the lookout for a Speedmaster Professional ref.145.022 that dates back to 1977, but it seemed that I was only to find models from either 1976 or 1978.

Last March, I found this Rolex Submariner at SubGMT.com that dates back to my birth year. A ref.1680, which means it is a chronometer certified Submariner with a date window (and cyclops), a model of which I always thought it was one the nicest Submariner models around.

In some cases it is good to be old :-), as the 1940s and 1950s was an era of beautiful and classic timepieces from Omega, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and so on. If you are ready to jump and start searching for your birth year watch, make sure to have enough proof that it is indeed a watch produced in your year of birth and that it as original as possible. Especially the last remark is important, especially with brands like Rolex. If there is a replacement dial, hands or the slightest doubt on originality of other parts, the value of the watch will drop significantly.

Since I got it, I wear it regularly and like it very much, but it doesn’t give me the sentimental ‘birth year’-feel that I thought it would give me.Ā  Since I am born in 1977, the first watches I can recall being interested in, are those of the 1980s. Think digital Casio and Seiko models. I still have my first watch, a Casio digital black sports watch from 1986 or 1987.

As it seems that I am not the guy that needs to have a ‘year of birth’ watch, I decided to put my Rolex Submariner ref.1680 for sale. Click here when you are born in 1977.

  • John

    Hey RJ! I did the same exact thing with a 1970 1680 “Red” Submariner. I owned it a good while, but it never seemed like a special birth year watch for me. Sold.

    -John from http://www.watchtalkforums.info

    • Hi John,

      Good to see you here again! I noticed your ref.1680 indeed, great looking watch. Like I wrote in my post, I am a kid of the 1980s and early 1990s and have more ‘sentiment’ with my old Casios and Swatches then this 1977 Rolex.


  • Boris

    Very nice. The 1680 is, to me the most beautiful Sub model Rolex ever produced.

    Mine is from 1978…but don’t tell anyone I was born in 1970 (I’d have to get a Red Sub, which is considerably more expensive).

    One thing: I’m not sure the folded bracelet on that watch would be the original one. By 1977, Roled had already transitioned from folded to solid links.

  • gorgeous piece šŸ˜‰

  • Little Bill

    Aww. I was indeed born in ’77 and thought about that as well. However to me, at least, I’m not quite ready to jump on the Submariner bandwagon. Not that I don’t love them — they’re the watch that got me into collecting — but I’m not sure that will (or should be) my “birth year” watch. Sad to see it go though…

  • totally agree with you about the submariner.. love the watch..

    Sell My Rolex watch

  • Rolex repairs

    The submariner is indeed a fine watch . I recently sold a 1977 sub , it was in a lovely condition . Starting to regret it now .

  • The all time classic Rolex . Wish I had one … one day .

  • 1680 is a fantastic submariner and a nice idea to have a watch from birth date .

  • This watch will look as good in 50 years as is looks today . Fantastic.

  • Rob

    Aazing watch . Better than putting money in the bank !