148 Rolex Very Fine and Attractive, Submariner “Kermit”, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 16610LV, With Original Guarantee, Box, Booklets and Anchor

Estimate: €15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold €32,500

Model: Submariner
Reference: 16610LV
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 2003
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3135
Case N°: Y965577
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Papers and Anchor

Rolex launched the first Submariner reference 6204 in 1953 and nobody would have ever imagined that this model would have celebrated almost 70 years of history as one of the most loved and worn specimens in the world. In all these years, many new models have been introduced to the market with particular features but on the occasion of the 50th anniversary Rolex decided to create a special edition that would never be forgotten. It was thus decided to abandon the classic black color of the bezel in favor of a green one, color always dear to Rolex and used for boxes and wallets. The result was an immediate success and was presented to the world in 2003 with the reference 16610LV: its green rotating bezel became an instant hit among collectors and remains incredibly sought after today due to its rarity and good looks. This model remained in production until 2010 and is characterized by the “maxi” dial which means the hour markers are larger than the hour markers on the regular Submariner of this period. The present lot is one of the first components of this family since it has been produced in 2003 as confirmed by the serial number “Y”. Also nicknamed “Kermit”, the name of a widely adored Muppet character, for its bezel, the present lot has been preserved in very nice conditions. The stainless steel bracelet and case still have the original proportions with no signs of wear and the back still displays the original green factory sticker. The black dial is spotless while the hands and applied hour markers with white-gold edges are luminescent and matching in tone. This 16610LV, where LV stands for Lunetta Verde, is even more precious given the very rare and distinctive flat 4 on the bezel which was produced for a very short period of time and is now very sought after by collectors. Offered with totally full set including box, anchor and booklets, the present lot is a precious possibility due to its rarity and good looks.