This rare, truly original, 'M' Serial Rolex Submariner 16610LV 'Flat 4' with box and papers is in unworn, 'new old stock' condition and has passed our in-house due diligence and inspection criteria.
Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
Black 'Maxi' Dial
Magnifier over date display
Rolex Calibre 3135 Automatic Movement
Green Uni-directional Rotating Bezel with 'Flat 4' 40 marker
Stainless Steel Case
Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
Flip-lock Safety Clasp
Supplied with original Rolex Boxes (inner and outer)
Rolex Certificate dated August 2004
Original Ernest Jones Purchase Receipt
Red COSC Tag
Green Swing Tag with Serial Number
Green Leather Card Holder
Anchor Lanyard (300m)
TWS 12 Month Warranty / Valuation Certificate
Watch Register Certificate
Although Rolex had been making waterproof watches since the 1930’s with the Oyster series it wasn’t until 1954 when their first professional diver’s watch, the Submariner, was launched.
Once again this was a watch made by Rolex that was designed to carry out a specific job in a specific environment but ultimately remaining fashionable to wear.
This was a watch that could be worn by divers to a depth of 100 metres thanks to the newly-designed screw-down crown known as the ‘Twinlock’. The Deep Sea Research Institute in Cannes carried out extensive tests on the watch and verified the claims made by Rolex. In fact, the watch performed way beyond its stated capabilities and very quickly won the admiration it deserved from the diving community. And, of course, Commander James Bond used to wear one.
The rotating bezel was also a revolutionary design feature at its launch and now a diver could easily keep a record of his diving time. Rolex had spent a lot of time liaising with professional divers in the development of the watch which paid dividends in the final design. The Submariner set the template for all other watchmakers and has defined the look of the modern diving watch ever since.
The original Submariner may never be improved upon but it is often complemented with an alternative presentation for varying tastes. Bi-metal finishes, solid gold and many variants of the Submariner have appeared over the decades, some of them even acquiring their own popular nicknames such as Kermit, Hulk, Smurf and Bart Simpson.
The so-called 'Kermit' version (16610LV) was launched in 2004 and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic Submariner. A vivid green bezel insert and a 'maxi' dial which featured larger dot, baton and chevron markers gave this particular iteration of the Submariner a unique appearance. The Kerimit is a favourtie with collectors and prices have increased significantly for the past 10 years.
ROLEX Submariner 16610LV 'Flat 4'
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