Let's compare: 1680 and 16800

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  1. colemanitis

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    Let's compile a list of differences between the 16800 and the 1680. Here's a comparison pic to get the juices flowing. :cheers:

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    MOVEMENTS

    1680: cal. 1570 (19,800 bph)
    16800: cal. 3035 (28,800 bph)

    CRYSTALS

    1680: thick acrylic/plastic
    16800: synthetic sapphire

    BEZELS

    1680: bi-directional, non-click/friction based
    16800: uni-directional, click spring
    1680: bezel pearl held in place by plastic cup
    16800: bezel pearl held in place by metal cup

    WATER RESISTANCE

    1680: 660ft = 200m
    1680: 200m = 660ft (print reversed on dial)
    16800: 1000ft = 300m

    OYSTER CASES

    1680: thick case
    1680: flat caseback
    16800: thin case
    16800: domed caseback

    DIALS

    1680: Matt dial
    1680: "Submariner" on dial in red on earlier models
    16800: Matt dial (pre 1985), Gloss dial (post 1985)
    1680: Tall coronet
    16800: Standard coronet

    HANDS
    1680: 316L stainless steel
    16800: 316L stainless steel (pre 1985)
    16800: 18k white gold (post 1985)

    DATE DISC
    1680: Silver/metallic
    16800: White

    BRACELETS

    1680: 7206 riveted
    1680: Rolex USA C&I riveted
    1680: 9315 w/ 280 endlinks
    1680: 93150 w/ 580 endlinks
    16800: 93150 w/ 593 endlinks
    16800: 93150 w/ 501 B endlinks
    16800: 93250 w/ SELs
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    680ft/200m vs. 1000ft/300m

    Thin bracelet vs. Thick bracelet
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    Waterresistance:

    16800: 1,000 ft = 300 m.

    1680: 660 ft = 200 m.
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    Dennis beat me to it. :thumbsup:
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    Different styles of Rolex coronets on dial ("tall" vs. standard on 16800).
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    Different sizes of bezel inserts (will find parts numbers later).
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    Good stuff. Keep 'em coming and I'll update the main list in the process. :cheers:
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    One more difference between 1680 and 16800.... hee hee....

    Price difference!!!! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
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    1680: Only came with matte dial, non WG surrounds, "Maxi" dial.

    16800: Came with matte dial, non WG trim, "Maxi" dial until ca. 1985. After that, glossy dial, non maxi, WG trim.
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    Bo, the 1680 has a "tall" coronet and the 16800 has the "standard" coronet? Am I reading this correct?
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    1680: Came in variations versions, for instance the "Red" ("Submariner" in red until about 1973) and "Metres First" vs "ft = metres").

    16800: all black dial only; ft first only.
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    Yup.
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    1680: steel 316L hands.

    16800: up till about 1985: also steel 316L hands. After that: solid WG hands.

    Similarity, though: BOTH watches were made of steel 316L (Sub Date 168000 introduced the use of steel 904L).
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    You forgot the obvious, the rivets on the 1680. A cheapy, but I will take it. Does the 16800 has the safety clasp?
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    Yeah, the 16800 has the safety clasp. :cheers:
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    1680 bezel: bi-directional.

    16800 bezel: uni-directional.
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    Also in terms of weight, 1680 is lighter than 16800, am I right? :thinking:
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    1680: domed caseback

    1680: flat caseback
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    Good question. My 1680 is definitely lighter than the 16800, but that may be because of the riveted bracelet. I'm not sure if having it on a Oyster bracelet would make it weigh more than the 16800 or not?
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    Good stuff everyone, keep 'em coming! :thumbsup: