Stainless steel pre-owned gentleman’s 2006 Rolex Submariner 16610LV 50th Anniversary 'Kermit' automatic wrist watch, black 'maxi' dial with luminescent hourly dot, baton and chevron markers, date aperture to three o’clock, green rotating bezel, tonneau-shaped case fitted to a brushed finish Oyster bracelet with flip-lock clasp.
Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
Black ‘Maxi’ Dial
Automatic Movement Calibre 3135
Green uni-directional Rotating Bezel - brand new replacement fitted by Rolex London
Stainless Steel Case
Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
Flip-lock Safety Clasp
Supplied with original Rolex box (Inner and Outer)
Rolex Certificate (Dated July 2006)
Green Leather Wallet
2006-7 Calendar Card
Red COSC Tag
TWS 12 Month Warranty
Watch Register checked
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.
In 2005, Rolex updated the Submariner with a new design which gave the watch slightly wider lugs and importantly the introduction of a wider, scratch resistant bezel in a new ceramic material called Cerachrom.
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.
Given the provenance of the design and whichever version you choose, the Submariner can rightly be described as the ultimate 'luxury sports watch'.
2006 ROLEX Submariner 16610LV 'Kermit'
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