Who made the various 1680 White Dials?

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Who made the various 1680 White Dials?

Joined: September 3rd, 2011, 8:45 am

September 3rd, 2011, 9:18 am #1

Hi Everyone,

I've lurked around some of the very informative posts and I think this is one of the best forums out there. Thank you for maintaining such a great forum! The Dial archive is a real gem. As soon as I learn how to post pics here I will be contributing.

Now to my question: Anyone know who made the four different dials on the 1680 whites? I know that the Mark II is Beyeler but what about the others? I have the Mark IV (my personal favorite because of the more open 6's and the more subtle finer fonts). My theory is that it was made by Stern because of the particular Serifs used for the word ROLEX (especially the E). Can anyone confirm or refute this? I figured its easier to ask here than to take the hands and dial off the watch to look at the back

Regards,
KM

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September 3rd, 2011, 9:33 am #2

Just learned how to post pics! Here's the more pronounced Serif font on the E I was mentioning:



And the whole dial:



So does anyone know who made this dial?

Thanks!
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September 3rd, 2011, 3:20 pm #3


that is not a Rolex dial

http://www.network54.com/Forum/608478/m ... llo+Pisani...

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September 3rd, 2011, 11:35 pm #4

A genuine Rolex dial. It is a Mark IV dial already documented and posted in the archive in this forum: "1680--5.8mil SN, White Sub--posted by BeaumontMillerII".

Also see the post:http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/t ... al+archive

I've personally inspected two others like it in the 5.5-5.9 million serial range.

If its not a Rolex dial, there's a few too many of them out there in the right 77-78 serial range for it to be a coincidence.

So the question is, who makes it?

KM
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September 4th, 2011, 3:30 pm #5

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September 4th, 2011, 4:41 pm #6

One question though: Most of the dials I've seen like this one are on watches from the 77-78 time period and not from later 79-80. So maybe it is not a Mark IV but actually a Mark 3 or 3.5?

With Rolex there is alot of variablility of course.

KM
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September 4th, 2011, 9:33 pm #7

Apologies for making the wrong call on your dial.
I was unaware of the mk4 and have never seen Rolex use fonts like that before.
When you corrected me I did mail Marcello for the confirmation we now have.

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September 5th, 2011, 2:45 am #8

It just shows how complex rolex collecting can be..Swiss watching making in the old days were not as precise or organised as we all tend to believe it to be.
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September 5th, 2011, 8:27 am #9

Apologies for making the wrong call on your dial.
I was unaware of the mk4 and have never seen Rolex use fonts like that before.
When you corrected me I did mail Marcello for the confirmation we now have.

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Didn't you know? Its the infamous 1680 White Mark IV, small spike circle crown, open 6, special uber rare serif font dial

I guess they must be rare since they were made around the late 70's economic crisis when nobody was buying Rolexes LOL.

I still don't know who made the damn dial though ;-(

I saw a post by Orchi last year on TRF that said it was made by Beyeler but not sure where that info came from. I've e-mailed him about it.

If anyone has inspected the back of such a dial I would appreciate any info.

KM
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September 5th, 2011, 2:24 pm #10

Apologies for making the wrong call on your dial.
I was unaware of the mk4 and have never seen Rolex use fonts like that before.
When you corrected me I did mail Marcello for the confirmation we now have.

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http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/m ... 1680+dials....

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